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  1. K

    Wine kit fermentation activity

    Hey all, I'm new to the forum and wine making and hoping someone out there might be able to help me. I have started a Vintners red wine kit and added the yeast as per instructions, so far on day three I haven't heard any activity from the airlock. Keeping an eye on it i believe it might be...
  2. BryggAnton

    Are there any difference in time when to bottle or kegging

    Hi! I'm not that experienced in brewing beer. But i have a keg. I just found out it's better to let the beer ferment another week after it has stopped bubbeling, and then bottle the beer. I heard doing this will improve the taste of the beer. Also this is to prevent the bottles from popping...
  3. S

    Harvesting Wild Yeast

    Generally it’s nice to brew with predictable ingredients in controlled conditions. You purchase your ingredients, follow your process, pitch your yeast, and leave your beer in a temperature stable environment. After some time the yeast consumes all the sugars and leaves behind its own flavor...
  4. D

    Fermentation Flavors : How Fermentation Affects Flavor

    One thing that most brewers know is that your fermentation plays a big role in how your final beer tastes. If you didn’t know that before, now you do, you just read it. In this article, we look for flavor contributions beyond the grain bill & hop additions, and see how we can bend fermentation...
  5. M

    Reasons Your Fermentation Didn't Start

    I think it is way more frustrating to not know what ruined your batch of beer, than actually losing the beer itself. It always makes your next batch feels like a gamble. Am I going to waste $40 and 8 hours of work again? How do I avoid making the same mistake when I don’t know what went wrong in...
  6. J

    Brewing With The Seasons

    A few years ago in the last golden days of a late English summer I brewed up a clone of the Dark Star Brewery's lovely Festival Ale. Everything went well on the day and I collected a good amount of beautiful wort. Unfortunately, after fermentation in the midst of a searing (and unusual) heat...
  7. V

    Craft The Perfect Draft: Chest Freezer Fermentations

    I have been using my BrewsBySmith Fermentation Kit for about nine months now and it has undoubtedly become an integral part of my brewing process. I've grown so attached to the way I can set it to accurately control the temperature of my fermenting beer that I won't ferment another batch of...
  8. L

    21 Temperature Tactics You Need to Know Right Now

    Nobody disputes the importance of temperature control in brewing. Are you acing all aspects of temperature control, from the brew day to the pour? Check out these tips from some of San Diego County's top brewers to see how your best practices measure up, or to get ideas for your next homebrew...
  9. D

    A Series of Unfortunate Brewing Accidents

    A Series of Unfortunate Brewing Accidents It happens multiple times throughout a homebrewers career. You do your best to prevent mishaps large and small, but at the end of the day, human error is judge jury and executioner. Usually no one actually gets hurt in these accidents, and looking back...
  10. B

    Measuring Fermentation Temperatures

    You hear it over and over again - controlling the fermentation temperature is the key to great tasting beer. And it's true. A glorious brew day can be ruined by forgetting about your beer once it enters the fermenter. Don't neglect the cold side! On this topic I get business school flashbacks of...
  11. jayjay

    A question on fermentation temperature

    Hi I am pretty new to homebrewing so this might be quite the rookie question, but.... So far i have brewed 2 batches where i have "controlled" the fermentation temperature by regulating floor heating and reading the temperature of the room by measuring the temperature in a water bottle standing...
  12. Q

    Newbie question: specific gravity and secondary fermentation

    I've decided to take the plunge during the lockdown. I recently started a Cru International Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wine kit with the Master Vintner kit from Midwest Supplies. I am on day 15 of my kit. Unfortunately, the hydrometer was missing from my kit, and I'm yet to request a...
  13. broni

    Universal Fermentation Schedule

    I have a goal of creating a universal fermentation schedule, or rather, a schedule that fits just about any ale, regardless of style or gravity. Ideally, I would be enjoying this hobby in my retirement, with little distractions from work or kids. Unfortunately, I'm years away, but still have a...
  14. J

    Belgian Dubbel Style: suggestions!

    Hello everyone! I have a couple of questions about my first brew! A couple of years ago I bought a Festival Belgian Dubbel kit (complete with plastic fermentation vessel, bottles, sanitizer, etc) and 2 weeks ago I started the primary fermentation. Now I`m looking for some suggestions before...
  15. K

    Food safe plastic barrels for fermentation vessels

    Hello, I am looking at getting some more fermentation vessels for my setup so that I can have multiple beers fermenting or aging at once. I am currently in college with 3 roommates + whoever comes around on the weekends so we go through 10 gallons pretty quickly at our place. A local...
  16. F

    First Brew - final SG to high?

    I'm busy with my first brew, so totally green and rely on what I read online. I bought a MG stater brewing kit just before lockdown (South Africa) which came with a MG Lucky Goat Pale Ale malt extract pack. Sanitised as well as I could, OG seemed right at 1.050, after 10 days the gravity was...
  17. Johan Dingler

    Optimal fermentation temperature fluctuations

    Hello, everyone. I finally arrived at a temperature control set up that exponentially improved my brews. I have a thermowell in my fermentor inside of a chest freezer with a fermwrap on one of the walls of the freezer. This has worked incredibly well. I'm using an inkbird wifi to control...
  18. P

    Commercial Glycol Line Chiller use with Conical

    Hey, I have a Morebeer 14 gallon conical with temperature control, but it just has a peltier chiller. I have since purchased a UBC glycol chiller. I plan on adding some sort of Chiller coil. The wife doesn't want a conical in her living room, so this is a necessity if its going to be in the...
  19. Peptobismol165

    First Time All-Grain BIAB - Fermentation stuck TWICE?!

    Hello, I've started doing two BIAB recipes using allgrain. In the past, I've done BIAB with extract and specialty grain, and have consistently exceeded my target ABV. These last two BIAB's I've decided to try all grain with no extract. My issue is both my last brews have been severely UNDER...
  20. G

    Vinegar in the dark

    I put my vinegar fermenting vessels inside black, opaque bags because I've read that, mother of vinegar must be placed away from light sources, for it to effectively ferment alcohol into acetic acid. So I have 2 questions because I never knew why: 1. Why is that? 2. What happens to acetobacter...
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