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  1. R

    (Another) new Atlanta area homebrewer

    Hello from Smyrna, home of the Braves. I’ve been a part of the home brew community for years… making empties. Recently I took a class at Schoolhouse Brewing. It was fantastic. In class we used a grainfather system… so perhaps I’m spoiled. I don’t want to go through the progression of buying...
  2. A

    FAQ for newbies

    We need a sticky in this forum for the newbie questions. I'll kick it off by asking two questions I can answer, and ask a few of my own. Could we get a mod to pin this one please and get the folks to help fill in the blanks and add to this list? Thanks all! Q: What if I want to use honey...
  3. M

    5 days without fermentation activity

    Hi, this is my first post and first hard apple cider attempt. 5 days ago I added my yeast to the apple cider (fresh pressed, added Camden tablet and waited 48h before adding the yeast). I left the carboy in my wine cellar at 55F and after 5 days see no activity. I assume it's the temperature...
  4. B

    Purchased Scoby and received it in the mail...

    Hi all! sorry this is my first time posting. I purchased a Scoby from a local brewing company a week ago and received it today. It has an ice pack with it that’s now obviously melted. It’s been unrefrigerated for a week - am I wasting time if I try to use it or will it be ok?
  5. W

    I need help understanding the order of steps..

    Ok. So I already started 15 gallons of apple cider in several carboys and have begun racking to secondary. But I’m trying to figure out in what order I make amendments etc. Please let me know what’s what. 1. Finish primary fermentation (I already tested SG levels and it’s all below 1.010) 2...
  6. videojunkie1208

    So you've had your first mead...

    I have posted this, or pieces of this advice throughout the forum, here it is in one go. Congratulations, you have discovered one of the oldest (if not the oldest) fermented beverages! You liked it so much you want to make more. There are 100s of resources online showing how to make mead...
  7. JTOVERMOHLE

    Cream Ale Thoughts....

    Good day beer people. I have come up with the following 'recipe' for a 1 gallon experimental batch: Grains (amounts for 1 gallon batch): Corn - Yellow, Flaked Briess (4.8 oz/gallon) Pilsen Malt 2-Row Briess (3.2oz/gallon) Vienna Malt Weyermann (1.6oz/gallon) Caramel Malt - 20L Briess...
  8. P

    Glass Carboy Bottom Explodes

    First wine kit on our own. Had a merlot kit. Followed instructions as best as I know. Used a 6.5 gal glass carboy for primary fermentation. Checked on it after the first 24 hours. About a half gallon was on the floor. Bottom busted off the carboy. No signs of release from the airlock. Any...
  9. schaef81

    Advice: First All-Grain Batch did not go well.

    Hello, I brewed my first all-grain batch, a bavarian hefeweizen and it turned out VERY pale and flavorless. It had none of the flavor that a hefeweizen should have nor any of the color. I did notice that it was already quite clear during Vorlauf so I am not sure if something when wrong during...
  10. Demetrio

    Have not started yet

    I don't want to call myself a newbie since I have not started brewing yet. I want to learn as much as I can from this forum and the internet on how to start this process and have some knowledge before I start buying the materials etc. I hope to retire in 3 years and I love to drink beer, I...
  11. Q

    Brainstorming for a keezer build, looking for ideas/recommendations, etc

    So, a few months back, I was musing on how I would get a chest freezer into our basement, because I didn't want to put it in the garage - it's detached. The wife suggested putting it on our enclosed three season patio (last owner bricked it over, walled and roofed it, and put windows all around...
  12. H

    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...
  13. R

    Gravity reading help please!

    So I started a cider recently but decided I would do it with honey as well. I took a gravity reading and thought it was low at 1.07 considering I'm aiming for at least 13% ABV so I added two cups of brown sugar to try to raise it (no hate please I'm new to this). I then realised that I didn't...
  14. K

    Newbie Brewing - Getting Started

    I got started with home brewing like many others had, with small Mr. Beer kits, and moved on from there. Many think that brewing is expensive and simply not worth the time compared to simply buying from a store. My first 6 batches from Mr. Beer cost me roughly $45; let me see you get 6 cases of...
  15. K

    Newbie Brewing

    Before I bought my first Mr. Beer kit, homebrewing was not something I had given much thought to. I mean, I drank in my younger days, but not after I got married. I enjoyed a nice cocktail every once in a while, but rarely did I ever drink beer. This was mostly because I knew nothing of craft...
  16. D

    Some Notes For The Motivated Beginner Brewer

    So you want to make some beer, huh? You might be about to, or may have already, taken the plunge and purchased some basic equipment and perhaps a beer ingredient kit. Good for you! Welcome to the world of home brewing, and to what may very well, become an all-consuming hobby. Talk to most home...
  17. J

    Could moving the brew on day 1 kill it?

    Hi, my son and I have had a go at making our first ever home brew stout from a Wilko kit called "Artisan Brewing Chocomeister Premium Stout Kit". It was an impulse buy in the shop as I had bren thinking for a couple of years about doing it, but never got round to it. So I read the reviews...
  18. Gary Wolstenholme

    Hello from Sheffield, UK

    I thought I'd say hello! I signed up after pretty much every Google search I made for info ended up here. Homebrew is a new hobby (i don't like the word hobby, but can't think of an alternative!) for me. I worked as a freelance photographer for over a decade until about five years ago, when I...
  19. R

    Newbie question on cyser

    We made our first cyser in October using just apple juice, red star champagne yeast and honey. The honey we used was wildflower and a sage, alfalfa and sunflower mix. We racked it for secondary last weekend and it seems to have stopped fermenting. When we racked it, it smelled okay, just...
  20. S

    Guidance on first kegerator build

    Greetings. Newest of newbies here. I have my first batch of homebrew bubbling away in the basement as we speak and am now doing my research and assembling the necessary parts to turn my beer fridge in the garage into a kegerator. Equipment gathered so far- Frigidaire 16.5 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer...
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