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    Newbie question on potential options

    Hi all, Total newbie here but I would love to get more into brewing as a hobby. I have only ever brewed using a Pinter ( It's pretty simple to be honest. I would like to have more control over the process and brew larger batches (that will hopefully work out cheaper!)...
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    Something You Wish You’d Started Doing Sooner (in Home Brewing)

    Hi all, new brewer here. I fully anticipate that there’s a similar thread or two with this kind of theme, so please feel free to point me towards any other resource you know would be helpful. I’m the kind of person who dives in headfirst when he discovers a new interest or hobby, and home...
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    How to oxygenate 5 gallon batch?

    I recently got a 5 gallon carboy and I love it, but I'm wondering if there is a better way to oxygenate it. For the last batch I filled it half way and shook it then filled it the rest of the way. It seemed to work ok, but I have to imagine only shaking half of it and then waiting 24 hours for...
  4. Candass08

    Hydrometer and specific gravity readings

    Hello all! This is my first ever attempt to homebrewing cider! I have been letting the apple juice and yeast ferment for two weeks and went to check the specific gravity with my hydrometer. From what I have read there should be at least some alcohol content by now however, it is reading zero...
  5. Yotebeth

    Forgotten Cider in Carboy, can I bottle?

    In...oh god...March, I started a batch of cider. Really simple, just apple juice and yeast. Then life happened, a covid scare, and, things got moved around, the carboy got hidden.... And I just found it today. It's been in the Carboy the whole time, and the airlock is still in, and sealed...
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    First All Grain Attempt... at a Pilsner

    Soooo I might have set my sights a little too high for my first attempt. I have a lot of the information I need to make a gracious (yet probably a fail) attempt at a decoction mash. One thing I’m having a problem with is amount of strike water and sparge water I need. Anyone have any advice or...
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    Adding water after the boil

    Hi all, Fairly new to brewing, I've done four or five kits and recently started to experiment with other peoples recipes posted online. I've struggled a bit with the wording for this question so I hope it makes sense - if not please ask for any parts you want clarified. A lot of the recipes...
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    No ABV% in my cider.

    Hello there, I'm very much a newbie when it comes to brewing, this has been the first time I've tried it after being gifted a home-brew kit from my parents, I already expected that my first attempt wouldn't be completely perfect I've followed the instructions given by the kit and waited the...
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    Correctly Rehydrating Dry Yeast

    Advantages of Using Dry Yeast Dry yeast has a lot of advantages over liquid yeast. It is cheap and readily available. If stored cool and dry, after 2 years the cells still have a viability over 90%. The form factor is small and one packet contains around 230 Billion cells. That is more than...