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    Beginner here... wine won't stop fermenting? Looking for advice

    Hi there, I'm making my first batch of wine and I'm looking for some advice. It's a gallon of blackberry wine. It was in primary for about 10 days then I racked it into the secondary fermenter. According to the recipe I'm following, the secondary fermentation should have taken 30 days or less...
  2. Lee Shephard

    When to bottle?

    Hello Fellow Brewers, I just recently started a Northern Brewer Block Party Amber Ale. However I am not sure the fermentation was entirely successful. This may be due to poor Yeast or fluctuations in Temperature. After initial brewing I did a Hydrometer reading which was 1045. If my primary...
  3. S

    How can potential alcohol go negative?

    Hello, I am rather new to wine making and am confused about hydrometer readings. I took a potential alcohol reading before pitching the yeast and it read 11%, which to me means the sugars will yield 11%ABV when fully fermented. After fermentation my hydrometer reads -1% PA, and according to...
  4. N

    knowledge needed 1st timer Rhubarb & Elderflower wine

    Hi all, As the title suggests I am making an Elderflower and Rhubarb wine, and I have never made country wine before in my life so I want it to go right but I don't know what to expect. I am doing my research and I thought it would be helpful to create a thread here to get conversations and...
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    How to read Bielmeier hydrometer scale?

    I am new to beer brewing, so my apologizes if asking something obvious. I got Bielmeier hydrometer that has scale from 0 to 20. Assuming I measure at 20 Celsius and no corrections are needed.(according to my hydrometer) How to read this scale from 0 - 20? I mean 0 is water, what does other...
  6. R

    Hydrometer reading

    I have just bottled my first batch, and i didn't quite understand how the hydrometer reading works.. My OG was 1.090 and the one after fermentation was 1.040, can someone tell me what it means? Thanks and sorry for the ignorance.
  7. Byrdbrewer

    hydrometer readings

    Hi guys, I have a question for you all - I have been extract brewing for about 2 years, and have not been extremely diligent about taking hydrometer readings, primarily because I just haven't been too concerned about it. However, as my beers have become more and more delicious, I have decided to...
  8. skunkmeister

    Does trub/cold-break affect SG readings?

    I'm guessing because the trub/cold-break is not in solution then it should not affect the SG of the wort. Is that correct? If so, then does that mean that any proteins left in solution do contribute to the SG? Or are proteins so much lighter than sugars as to not be a factor? However, if...
  9. Oaky

    Big difference in measured OG vs calculator? Can my efficiency really be that bad?

    So I just brewed this last night: http://hopville.com/recipe/201126/imperial-ipa-recipes/oceanfarer Here is situation. I took the gravity reading at 90 degree f - and it came out to 1.050. Kind of weird for a 7 pd of grain + 2 pd of candi sugar and 5 pds of LME etc. It was a solid 6G batch...