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  1. I

    Airlock not bubbling but specific gravity dropping

    Hey guys, I am new to homebrewing. This is my second real batch. I recently started an oatmeal stout (extract recipe) in primary fermentation. After 24 hours there was no bubbling in the airlock (it's a large three-piece airlock). I put some yeast nutrient in it to encourage it a little. After...
  2. B

    The Starting Gravity That Got Away

    I set out to recreate a strong ale that I brewed last year and fermented with a yeast of unknown origin. I salvaged the mystery yeast from the strong ale keg and made starters upon starters until finally getting enough viable cells to make a 2 gallon batch of pale ale. The plan was to keg the...
  3. 43North

    60-120 min boil of fermentable

    Ive brewed two Extract kits and as soon as I get all my Fermentables in the pot I go fro 6.5 gallons to 8 gallons. Both times boiled off 1-2 gallons before i add my hops. Here’s my question, after steeping my grains, after adding my Fermentable's, (LME, Lactose, DME, Maltodextrin) is it okay...
  4. Summa_Brewologica

    The high abv trend

    I have been finding it difficult to understand and enjoy beers much higher than 8% abv. 10-11% if it is a stout and it is done perfectly. I have a friend that won’t even consider beers that are less than 10%. In most cases, IMO, the alcohol takes over and ruins the beer when it gets much higher...
  5. Chinmay Nayak

    Increasing yeast alcohol tolerance using Potassium salt

    Hey guys, I was googling around about random stuff when I stumbled upon a mind blowing research article by MIT students. The paper is not very new(2014) but I haven’t seen anyone discussing this in the homebrewing world. To the research paper According to the research, a careful addition of...
  6. S

    High Gravity, Clawhammer, Unibrau, Brew Boss automation - Programmable Steps?

    I'm currently looking into the above eBIAB systems for 5 gallon batches. I don't have 240V access but may spring for it. I'm curious if any of these panels allow programmable mash steps. I'm looking for the most automated solution (I'm coming from a Zymatic which was set it and forget.)...
  7. T

    Climbing Gravity-Taking a High Gravity Beer From Grain To Glass

    When I first started Home Brewing my first thought was not to brew some sophisticated Belgian Ale using only imported ingredients from some monastery high in the Alps, but rather I centered my aim to something more American. My aim was to brew something that showcased the truly American ideal of...
  8. frankvw

    Krausen gone after syrup addition

    I'm brewing a Belgian Tripel using WLP540, and this time I'm trying a staggered fermentation in hopes that it will keep the esters down a little and make for a more controlled fermentation. I started with the all-grain portion of the wort (OG 1.060) to which I planned to add 1 lb. of Lyle's...
  9. snarf7

    Why do you seldom see high gravity lagers?

    Lots of imperial stouts and strong ales coming in at 8-11% but you almost never see a high ABV in a lager, why is that? Does the crispness and dryness not lend itself well to that? Seems that can't be the case...look at Sauvignon Blanc, usually very crisp and dry and invariably right up around...
  10. beervoid

    Avarage efficiency of a 1.070 og batch

    Hey all, Been struggling to get over 62% brewhouse efficiency of a 1.070 og batch. What are your brew house efficiencies for such a higher gravity batch? EDIT: I'm using a 50L grainfather/robobrew like system.
  11. Iowa Brewer

    Lid popped off carboy blow tube

    Hey all, Doing my first big gravity beer Got home from an evening out, and saw the lid on my big mouth bubbler popped up a smidgen and a tiny bit of wort spilled over the edge. And no bubbling in the Starsan jug. I tightened the lid back and weighted it down, and the blow tube is bubbling...
  12. K

    Is my fermentation stuck - Barleywine

    I've been a homebrewer for nearly 4 years. I brewed a Barleywine with an OG of 1.102. I used Omega Yeast - British Ale I - OYL-006. I made a starter that doubled in size. I used a blowoff tube because my 5.5 gallon batch became a 6.25 gallon batch in a 6.5 gallon fermenter. At day 3, I checked...
  13. I

    Help with high gravity Mead

    Hello all, hope you like my story, the question is at the end: I need some direction and advice, this is my 2nd batch of brewing ever. My first batch was a ~5gallon beer, turned out yummy. Now I was pressed by time to brew a wine from grapes I grew myself, so I thought since I only got about...
  14. JoshRH

    Big Beer, Lots of Oats, Airstone, Yeast Resuspension

    Hey there malt lovers, I brewed a 15 gallon batch of oatmeal stout last weekend. I used 8 lbs. of flaked oats and half were toasted lightly in my oven. I also added 2 jars of molasses, ~1Kg, 2 lbs. of lactose, 1 lb of cocoa nibs and .5 lbs of maltodextrin along with the rest of the grain bill. I...
  15. B

    Stuck fermentation lager

    Hey all, I made a dopplebock OG 1.084. Everything by the book been keeping it in my keezer with a temp of 47F its been fermentating for 2.5 weeks. Around week and a half into fermentation i noticed that the krausan was gone. I checked the gravity week 2 and it was at 1.051. I incresed the temp...
  16. N

    20% ABV Target Brew

    Hello. This is a repost of my first ever thread #8184095 The project: I'm going to try and brew the highest ABV sour I possibly can. The goal is a final yield of 20% ABV fruited sour beer, or at least as high ABV I can achieve. I've put a good bit of thought into the recipe and the process...
  17. N

    Long time follower, time to contribute

    Hello HomeBrewTalk community! I've been following this forum for a long while now, learning a lot and enjoying the conversations along the way. First off, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this great body of knowledge! Secondly, I want to start contributing IMMEDIATELY and have...
  18. D

    High Gravity Stout Fermentation

    I brewed my own recipe that started with Northern Brewers Dragon's Silk extract kit as the base recipe. (See recipe here: https://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/beerkits/DragonsSilk.pdf) My intention was to add lactose, bourbon soaked vanilla beans cocoa nibs and medium toast oak cubes to...
  19. aroland8517

    High Gravity Baltic Porter

    High Gravity Baltic Porter (Extract & Steeped Grain) Recipe Volume: 5 gallons Boil Volume: 3 gallons Yeast: WLP099 - Super High Gravity Yeast Malts: Muntons Dry Amber Malt Extract - 5.0 lbs. Briess Liquid Munich Malt Extract - 6.0 lbs. (@ Knockout) Crystal Malt (80 L) - 0.5 lbs...
  20. WollenBrew

    Imperial Stout Blowout Question

    Brewed Northernbrewer's Imperial Stout on Monday night. Woke up this morning and went to take a look and unbelievably, the blow-off tube had... blown off. Fortunately, not a huge mess, just kind of a slow foamy volcano kind of thing coming out of the top and running down the sides. However, this...