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  1. SaltedSeabass

    Initial Original Gravity is too high and I added yeast. What should I do?

    Hi all, so I think I now understand the hydrometer better the morning after I already added yeast to my first batch. I'm using Fleischmann’s active dry yeast, which has a cap ABV I've read of 12%. However my original gravity was over 1.140. If the gravity after fermentation ends on the average...
  2. G

    Help with strawberry-apple wine pH/funky smell

    Howdy HBT, I was hoping someone could give me some guidance on what to do about this wine I was making. I used frozen strawberries, raisins and apple cider. I don't think the recipe really matters but I can post it if it would help. Basically, I made the must but had no acid on hand, so it went...
  3. BrewStateCollege

    Help! DIY Chiller Not Working

    I have a lager (Oktoberfest) fermenting now (my first ever lager), only on about day three and found that the frozen water jug swapping was not efficient or convenient. I found a hand-me-down window AC unit and did as many others have; took the thing apart, jumped the thermostat, and curled the...
  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. B

    Fermenting L17 imperial yeast lager help

    I need help with what I should do. Rice hull- 1/2 / .5 lbs Flaked barley - 1/4/.25lbs Corn flakes - 1 lbs Briess pale ale malt -4 lbs OG came out to 1.02 Threw 3 lbs of brown sugar into the 5gallon wort while temperatures were dropping and mixed it in. Let temperatures drop to 55 and pitched the...
  6. AntDoctor

    Help with last-minute wedding beer recipe: I have too many hops!

    I am getting married in three weeks, and I just now decided I want to serve a homebrewed beer at the reception. We already will have a keg of my sparkling hydromel (session mead), bottles of my blueberry wine at the tables, and a cooler of miscellaneous commercial beers. However, I have two more...
  7. D

    Forrest fruit cider. Help!

    Hi. Been making cider for a year now and haven't had any trouble in the past until now. I decided to make a fruit cider using a bag of dark Forrest fruits. The cider worked well and even tasted really good when I came to bottle it. How ever 3 days later I noticed alot of stringy stuff throughout...
  8. E

    Newbie needs help

    Hey guys, really hoping you can help. I did a great nitro set up, was really proud but in one day my 5lb of gas is empty. I must have a leak! I have a new regulator here ready to swap out, it may have been it. However on this gas line connector, am I missing a gasket or o ring? It's just...
  9. M

    Help w/ 1st 5 gallon batch of sweet hard cider

    Hello all! I have some basic mead-making gear and I was hoping to make and bottle my own sweet hard cider and I can’t seem to find any good, simple recipes/tutorials online that take me from fermenting to back-sweetening and bottling a final product. I am not super particular about how it will...
  10. A

    Electric brew-boss wiring help

    Hey guys, Im new at electric brewing and my knowledge of circuits and stuff is at a beginner level. I will hire a profesional electrician to do the wiring work but im trying to not only understand further but also save some money. Also I am setting this up in Mexico and I would like to know a...
  11. Nyxsmead

    48 hours and no bubbling! :(

    It has been two days and not a single bubble from the airlock. I’m using a carboy and the rubber cork/airlock is definitely on correctly, I didn’t put too much water in the airlock either. This is my first batch ever so please bare with me /.\ I aimed to make a 1gallon batch of cyser. I used 1...
  12. leakygutgal_newbie

    First Scoby - damaged shipment Help!

    Okay This Scoby just arrived: Brine was dripping everywhere inside the huge box Amazon supplied. I've never tried to brew anything before, but the scoby itself looks okay to me and there's about 4 ounces of liquid left. Can I salvage this? And if so, how? Should I just put everything in the...
  13. W

    How to use campdem tablets (SMS)?

    I have a few questions regarding this, thanks!!! The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from a juice kit. How many should I add to the batch right before bottling this batch? It’s 23 litres/6 gallons. There are 80 tablets in the 50g package. How long do I need to wait before it is safe to drink? I...
  14. N

    My cider stopped fermenting halfway

    Hi, i was wondering why my cider stopped (severely slowed down?) after 1 and a half weeks of fermenting. I tasted it and it wasnt strong at all, 6 percent max. Lots of sugar left aswell. I stirred it with a small spoon to get the yeast that lied on the bottom back up, put on the airlock and...
  15. H

    First Batch, made mistakes

    Hey All, First time making Mead and I went ahead and failed to do ample research (as I am now learning). I followed a basic recipe with too little details making substitutions and omissions as I went (Honey+Water+Yeast works right?). I am since learning better and am looking for some...
  16. Sgl

    What is going wrong?

    I started brewing last year and am about 15 brews in. I’ve made a couple beers I thought were ok but nothing I’d be too proud to serve. My beers haven’t had great flavour or hop aroma. I’m not sure if its my process or if there’s something else that I could do to improve my beers. The closest...
  17. 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...
  18. J

    Beginner brewer questions.

    Ok so I’m new to home brewing. I’ve so far done 2 brews with the kits you buy online and it makes about 5 gallons or about 50 bottles. Both times they tasted great I was very pleased with the results... at first. After the 2 week carbonation process in bottles I put them all in the fridge I...
  19. V

    Is my kombucha okay? Or is that mole

    Hi I’m brewing my first batch of kombucha! My scoby is at the bottom but on top there is this cloudy thing, is that mole? I hope that someone can help me☺
  20. A

    Too much priming sugar

    So I was bottling my batch of pilsner today and it went really well, too well in fact. Because when we put the priming sugar in our 330ml bottles we missed the text that said "Per Liter" and I did't see it until recently. So we put 6gr/bottle when it was soposed to be 2gr/bottle, basically 3x as...