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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. P

    Newbie Hello - Trying to make a clear and colourless high abv cider

    Hey, new here, been reading alot. I'm going to get bashed for asking this but I'm trying to brew a high ABV - 15-16% cider then run it through a through some sort of filter to get to remove as much color, flavour and taste from it (yes u read that correct lol) Planning on using a champagne...
  14. Intheswamp

    What do I need to order? From where?

    Ok, I'm getting ready to ease back into fermenting. I've got some equipment from seven years ago when I made some mead but just dumped the additives and chemicals. I also dumped a bunch of very nasty smelling rubber bungs. I've got hydrometers a some racking canes and a few other items so I...
  15. MrEllis

    All-grain brew for first time? (Sort of.)

    Hello all, Quick question, looking for opinions. I haven't brewed in ten years or so, and not with all-grain at all. I've made a couple meads and some beers with extracts. Should I jump back in with all-grain? I'll have to acquire new gear and the like but I plan on small batches until I find...
  16. M

    First brew of lager.

    Hi all, just a few areas that I am not sure of. 1, I have brewed my first batch of coopers larger it appeared to stop activity after 6 days was this too early. 2, I bottled in 5 ltr mini kegs and 2 ltr Demijohns which I primed with 15g and 6g of sugar respectively was this enough sugar ??. 3...
  17. MPaiv12

    NEIPA Hop Combination/Ratio Question

    I'm looking for some input on a recipe I am crafting for my next brew day. I have read about a lot about different hop combinations for NEIPAs, which has led me to go with a Citra, El Dorado, and Mosaic. I have used these hops in the past, just not this combination. My question is what you do...
  18. M

    First one gallon batch... not clearing

    Made my first ever small batch with 1 gallon Whole Foods spring water and 3 Lbs honey, with 30 Whole Foods organic Thompson seedless grapes and 1/3 packet Red Star Premier Blanc yeast. Pitched on Nov 2. Primary seemed normal from what I've read online. Racked to secondary 1 gallon carboy on...
  19. H

    Harsh, lingering bitterness problem that goes away with conditioning

    In all of my batches I have the same problem whether it is an IPA or a light beer with low IBUs: a harsh, lingering bitterness that tastes earthy or even almost ashtray like. This taste is present throughout primary and secondary fermentation, at bottling, and is still just as bad after 2 weeks...
  20. R

    What's the worst that can happen? The scene...

    A couple of weekends ago I brewed a red ale using ingredients that I bought from my local brewmeister. Followed instructions to the T. It was not until I had the entire batch in the primary fermenter that I realized the instructions and recipe related not to whole grain (as I intended) but for...
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