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  1. S

    Mold or Yeast in my Ferment

    Hello, I signed up for this forum to get a second set of eyes/opinion. I have been fermenting tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic, and onions for two weeks and was wondering if the substanced pictured on top of the water is dangerous mold or yeast.
  2. G

    Help me make mead please.

    I am trying to make a summer peach pie sweeter mead. I have wine yeast currently, and am planning on adding 6 lbs of honey to 2 gallons of water, 6 lbs of fresh skinned and halved peaches, 4 grams of yeast, and 2 tsp of yeast nutrient, after initial fermentation and putting into new container...
  3. T

    Real deal ginger beer/ale

    Hey there I'm not much of a brew but more of a distiller but I'm trying to make something similar to Royale jamaican ginger beer (if anyone have tried it they know it's bloody good). Iv made a handful of ginger beers but just doesn't feel right. What I'm after is thick mouth feel, Malty, and...
  4. C

    Trouble with cyser

    I’m a novice cider brewer who has done a few brews. I decided to try something new and make a cyser. About a week into the process I had cyser make it’s way into the airlock as well as brown chunks that started to form. As soon as I noticed this I cleaned and sanitized airlock and replaced it...
  5. J

    Mead recipe and first time.

    So...I decided to try to make mead... I used this: - 1Kg of local honey; - 4L of filtered water (3.5L hot and 0.5L room temperature); - 6 raisins (chopped in half); - Lemon peel (the outer skin only); - Tangerine peel (the outer skin only); - 1 lemon juice; - 1/2 cinnamon stick; - fresh herbs...
  6. K

    Accidentally Cold Crashed a Brown Ale During Peak of Fermentation

    First off, long time/first time as they say in radio. I'm not sure where to post this so I figured here might be a good place to start. I've been poking around a lot trying to see if anyone's had similar problems but apparently the comedy (tragedy) of errors that brought me here are unique. I...
  7. A

    Should i worry about toxic chemicals since i used unwashed grapes for making wine?

    So basically im new to brewing and yesterday i just bought grapes from the supermarket and prepared them for making wine. I followed all the steps correctly and i haven't washed my grapes and i started the fermentation. It's all well and the yeast is active properly, but I've seen a video about...
  8. FoamyMugs

    First time making Mead

    so this summer, me and my father are going to be brewing our own mead for the first time, our goal is to make one sweet enough to down two pints without blinking but strong enough to regret the same action aha, I know it is a lot of trial and error but does anyone have any tips or recipes to get...
  9. J

    115th dream hop burst problem

    115th dream hop burst problem Not generating CO2 during bottle conditioning. I followed the recipe pretty much to a tee using a secondary formenter. Been in the bottle 14 days. Can I save the batch?
  10. S

    I need your help

    Hello my fellow Brewers, My colleagues and I are working on a project that involves brewing and we would greatly appreciate if you could help us out. We would just require you to complete a survey that I will post a link of below. Thank you very much and best regards, Saeed...
  11. B

    Sour fruited Ipa

    I want to do a Pliny the Elder clone and add lactose, goodbelly mango and fruit. So can I brew the clone as the recipe says but just add lactose instead of corn sugar and just second ferment the fruit to make a Pliny sour fruited IPA ?
  12. J

    Advice needed: Brochet with cough syrup flavor

    Hello! I am relatively new to homebrewing and dabble mostly in the cider realm. I have an apple brochet that has been in secondary fermentation since March and it has retained a cough syrup flavor that I was hoping would age out. My thought was that maybe I could add sweetness to cover the...
  13. Jasonmcca

    Wanting to start brewing

    Hey guys I'm glad to have found this place. Im wanting to start brewing and Im very ignorant on the subject. Im a very avid drinker and I wanted to start brewing not only as a hobby but to reduce the cost of my intake. I've delved into allot of information to get started. I know it's pricey to...
  14. ForkJohn

    Want to make a Belgian Tripel, but don't have a way of chilling fermenter

    Hi Guys, So I was looking at brewing a Belgian Tripel, however, it seems all the instructions on fermentation require I lager the beer. Unfortunately I don't have a kegerator or any way of chilling down the temperature, unfortunately it'll likely have to stay in room temp. I plan on leaving...
  15. Mr_moo91x

    Need advice please (turbo cider)

    Hey guys, so i started my cider last Wednesday 4 liters of pure apple juice and added a strong cup of tea for tannin and some cider yeast. Day 2 it was bubbling a fair amount same with day 3 now nearly a week on there is no bubbling instead little bits of what I think is yeast dropping to the...
  16. Mr_moo91x

    Making my first Turbo cider

    Hey guys, New to this website and new to brewing. I am looking to make some small batch turbo ciders I only have 2x 2l demi John's so I'd be making small amounts until I get a bigger set. So far I have cider yeast, wine tannin, necessary sanitising powder. And 2 air locks with bungs. What I'm...
  17. R

    Gravity reading help please!

    So I started a cider recently but decided I would do it with honey as well. I took a gravity reading and thought it was low at 1.07 considering I'm aiming for at least 13% ABV so I added two cups of brown sugar to try to raise it (no hate please I'm new to this). I then realised that I didn't...
  18. G

    High CaCO3 Alkalinity

    Hi all! Just after some advice about water profile and combatting Alkalinity, what the need to is and how to go about it. So... I have recently received a water report back from a lab and have given my CaCO3 results as 235, from looking on brewfather for the majority of styles im interested in...
  19. B

    Need to upgrade equipment. Advice?

    I know starting off, usually the cheapest option is the best way to go, as you don't want to dump money into something when you have no idea what you're doing. BUT I'm the type of person where if I decide to do something, I like being great at that thing, therefore after 1 batch of homebrew...
  20. LTBradley

    Strawberry Ginger Saison

    Greetings! I've been researching recipes and guides for a strawberry saison I'm looking to brew for a competition in 2020. I'm very much still in the planning stage right now, but I'd like some ideas about using ginger and honey with this recipe. Currently, I'm working off a recipe that I found...