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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  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. 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...
  9. 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☺
  10. 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...
  11. Young Brewing

    Coconut Blonde Help

    I am looking to create a coconut blonde but can't get my hands on the hops I want. My initial thought was to pair some Sabro with 16 oz of coconut in the secondary but none of my local homebrew shops carry it, so I decided to use some hops I already have on hand. I have Huell Melon, Lemondrop...
  12. S

    Maybe it's too much honey

    I'm making my first batch of mead in a plastic jug with holes poked into the lid and a balloon stretched and taped with holes in the top to be sure it's a good seal, just to give you an idea with what I'm working with. Anyway, I made this fermentation 3 days ago and it's going strong, the jug is...
  13. M

    Maybe I'm not so sure now

    I don't remember from years ago when I did my other couple of batches but I don't think I've seen this sort of stuff on the top of the beer. I racked to a secondary after 13 days. I used a carb cap, stainless cane and one of those 'sterile' filters to blow in after rinsing with bourbon and...
  14. E

    Beginner Recipe Help

    Hello all! I am not only new to this forum, but I am new to home brewing as well! I have brewed a couple starter kits from Northern Brewer, but have decided to try my hand at making my own recipe to make the beer I want. I have come up with a recipe through looking at the style guidelines...
  15. M

    Is my wort bad?

    So I made my second all grain batch last night and made a few errors. I accidentally chilled my wort before boiling with hops. By the time I was done boiling it was 3am and I had to be at work at 8. So I decided to go to bed and leave the wort sitting in the boil pot. I didn’t get home till 6pm...
  16. M

    What is this?

    Hello everyone! This is my first post on the page as well as second attempt at making mead. In my first, a cakey substance collected at the bottom of my jar, and when it came time to try the mead it has a very bitter taste. I just made a second batch last night around 10, and instructions said...
  17. J

    Is this beer off?

    Hello, i recently started fermenting a brown ale and after the 8th day i took a sample using the tap on my fermenting bucket to see the specific gravity. Along with the beer a small amount of what looked like gelatinous fluff also poured into the cup, its hard to explain what this looked like...
  18. I

    Coopers lager is yeasty, fizzy with no head

    Hi, My first coopers lager batch went perfectly well however this time it did not. I did exactly the same as the instructions told me for the first kit however this time I used the brew enhancer 3 instead of 2. I also used half a teaspoon of sugar for each bottle instead of 2 carbonation drops...
  19. Avid Artifex

    Question on F2 in Fermentor

    Hello, I have been homebrewing kombucha for a couple of months now, and I use beer bottles and bottle caps to bottle my kombucha. I used to flavor each bottle and pour the kombucha into the bottles and do my F2 in the bottles (like you normally do), but I wanted to have nothing else but smooth...
  20. Box

    Back at it!

    Hey everyone! After posting about my first try and receiving lots of useful help I decided to have another go at homemade refreshments! The first batch...well, as alot of people said it sort of turned out like a wet bread flavor or "plain" beer if it could be called that. This time I'm trying...