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  1. BryggAnton

    Calibration Ispindel problem

    Hi Folks! I bought a ispindel one week ago. The guy that sold me the ispindle had off-set calibrated it. I have just gone trough 90minutes of calibration by mixing water and sugar and messuring the tilt. Now when im done and have connected it to brewfather and the numbers are waaaay off! I have...
  2. S

    3 Vessel 16 Gallon Configuration

    So, I inherited, then modified this system. It came to me with three 16 gallon vessels, each with two ports near the bottom; the higher of the two for a physical analog thermometer and the lower for a ball valve. I added 240v 5500w ripple elements via 1-1/2" tri-clamp bulkheads, HERMS coils...
  3. Docod44

    Anvil Foundry High Mash Efficiency - SG vs OG outcomes question

    Hi all, I brewed my second batch on my 6.5 Anvil Foundry today and copied Clawhammer's Candy Orange IPA recipe (Candy Orange IPA - Hazy Session). I am still dialing my Brewfather numbers in but today I found something strange with my SG and OG. Their recipe targets an OG of 1.046, I set my...
  4. B

    Never Hits Gravity - What am I doing wrong?

    It seems like for the past few years I never hit my gravity, I have been making adjustments to my brewday that help with "improving" gravity and I never seem to hit it. So im reaching out to you all for help! Ill lay out what a typical brew day is for me and please let me know where I am...
  5. G

    The Efficient Brewer

    Why is my efficiency so low? Can someone explain my efficiency? I thought I understood efficiency. These statements are just some examples of the many threads relating to efficiency that I have seen on HomeBrewTalk. It would seem the forum is replete with individuals scratching their noodles in...
  6. 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...
  7. K

    Hydrometer Reading Confusion

    We have created a brew of cider. Our initial hydrometer readings goes as follows: 1.056 Gravity 7.5% ABV 13.8 Brix Our problem is we are getting two different readings off the the same internet calculator for ABV. Brix Calculator https://www.brewersfriend.com/brix-converter/ at 7.5% ABV...
  8. LouisianaMead

    Weird "Negative" Gravity

    Hello all. I have a question about a strange gravity reading. Just for kicks and giggles, I decided to make a super fast mead--I racked it 3 days afer I started it. OG = 1.032 Gravity at racking = 1.048 Is it possible for gravity readings to move backwards? I did use honey that was...
  9. Westgaard

    Incorrect Gravity Readings

    Good afternoon, I just made a 1/2 gallon batch of apple wine using bottled apple juice, Red Star Premier Blanc yeast and a few raisins...and a whole mess of sugar. My OG reading was higher than I meant it to go (1.20, checked twice) and after only 11 days it has apparently stopped fermenting...
  10. C

    Accidentally recorded OG before adding water to batch...any equation to figure out OG with water?

    I made a hopslam clone about 2 weeks ago, and I took a reading of it with my hydrometer and it came out to 1.130 which was insanely high but for some reason I just went with it. It didn't occur to me until a week later that I didn't record it after I had taken the 3.5 gallons I brewed and added...
  11. jmgreen7

    Miscalculated DME quantities, now OG is way too low

    All, I totally brainfarted when making a 10-gallon extract gose. I added 6lbs mix of briess light, and bavarian. I measured out my gravity and wrote it down without actually paying attention to how low it is. i'm about a 1.5 weeks after brew day, and i haven't taken my FG yet, but is it too...
  12. C

    First Time Brewing from Scratch, think I got everything down except super confused about yeast

    Hello everyone, first time (extract) brewer here so be gentle please haha. I have spent the past month getting every little bit of science down for a high gravity blueberry ale (5 gallon batch) I've wanted to make, I am ready to brew on wednesday but I'm still honestly having trouble...
  13. Iowa Brewer

    How Low is Too Low OG?

    Hi all, Brewing a friends witbier recipe that I brewed a couple weeks ago, to great success. Last time I brewed I had OG: 1.042 and FG 1.008 Had some mishaps, today, and had OG: 1.036 I've already pitched the yeast (1.5L starter of Wyeast Strong Belgian Strong Ale, decanted), about 20min ago...
  14. micraftbeer

    Plaato Digital Airlock Hands on Review

    So I got a couple Plaato digital airlocks from Plaato a couple months back to do a hands-on trial/review. I did a bit of research on the science behind what they're doing and on a chemistry basis, it's solid. I ran into a number of application constraints for my fermentation equipment. If...
  15. BigManJames

    Sparkling Water Bottle For Sparkling Mead?

    Disregard this, missed the part about this being for beer. Reposting elsewhere
  16. Thehopman

    High Gravity Imperial Stout and low attenuation

    Hi there, I just brewed my first big double mash imperial stout. My OG was 1150, and after 2 months I am actually at 1050, so about 64% attenuation and 13% ABV (I was short on the yeast to be honest, long story but I brew with a friend on his gear and it was a last minute thing, we ended up...
  17. V

    Cranberry Cider Fermentation

    So I have done a few hard apple ciders which came out well so I figured I'd give cranberry cider a go. Typically my apple cider is down in the 1.003 - to 1.006 range by day two of fermenting under pressure. Right now my spunding valve is showing the same amount of activity / pressure I expect...
  18. Iowa Brewer

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Fermenter

    Hey all, Brewed an English Ale, today (Northern), for which I totally messed up my sparge calculation (to say math is not my strong point would be an understatement!). As the boil was going I thought the level looked a bit low, but I'm kinda new to this, being my 8th brew day, and there was no...
  19. Iowa Brewer

    Sparged Too Hot: How Bad Is It???

    Hey all, Today I've been making an all grain Honey Double IPA from a recipe I found on BeerSmith. I think I've messed up in two ways. First I decided to batch sparge (it was listed as a single infusion, medium body). The Recipe called for a 10min mash out with 200F water, to mash out at 68F...
  20. U

    Big discrepancy between hydrometer and refractometer

    It's almost time for me to bottle my annual christmas beer, and I took a gravity reading today for the first time in a few months (it's a spiced quad that I brew over the summer and age). The last time I took a gravity reading I just used the refracto and I was getting a reading in the 1.050...