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  1. Kekshiukaz

    Bentonite + bottle carbonation?

    Hey, I made hard cider and planning to use bentonite to clearify it. Also thinking about bottle carbonation. My question is: Does bentonite affect bottle carbonation and is it possible at all?
  2. Kekshiukaz

    Does fermentation restart changes cider flavor?

    I've been fermenting 3 gallons of apple wine. Original gravity is 1.100. It was fermenting smoothly for 6 days and everything was okay. However after 6 days fermentation became very sluggish and almost stopped at 1.030. It was definitely too sweet so I added +3.5 grams of yeast nutrient and +2...
  3. G

    Fermenting time in older recipes

    Hey all, I found an old(ish) cooking book with few mead recipes from 1950. I am able to get approx measurement of handfull or glass and judging by amount of yeast (ranges from 50-200g) I guess they mean bread yeast that should revived before usage. What surprises me are often given fermenting...
  4. Belatu

    First Mead Plan - Check My Work

    Hello, I will soon be embarking on my first mead adventure. I've put together an equipment/ingredient list as well as some calculations in this google sheet. If an experienced mead master could take a look and check it over I would greatly appreciate it. I'm also wondering what the correct...
  5. mok_z

    Uh oh! Mould on outside rim of my fermenter!

    First off, I'd like to say I try to meticulous as I can with my sanitation. But I've just discovered a problem, when adding finings to my beer I'm due to bottle tomorrow... I opened up the rim of the fermenter, which itself has been confined to a fastferment jacket, for the first time since...
  6. Brettgvdp

    Do I add more yeast nutrients or not?

    So I am a bit confused on the matter. Let me explain my situation: I am brewing my first batch of mead in a 25L brewing bucket. The ratio of mead to water is about 1:3. That's all there is, just water and honey with yeast and yeast nutrients. I added yeast nutrients, stirred, then added the...
  7. Brettgvdp

    Water in air lock moved

    Hi everyone. This is my first time brewing mead and the first time brewing anything at all. I started today (January 7th 2023) and the fermenting process seems to have started. Bubbles are rising through the air lock. My question regarding the air lock is this: is it okay for the water to shift...
  8. BrewTops

    Next Step?

    So I've been making beer for 6 or 7 months. Using Brooklyn Brewing Shop Beer Kits, made about 5 (6 if you include a cider) beers that have have ranged from alcoholic mildew to drinkable. My biggest issue right now is that the Brooklyn shop charges about 25 per kit (after shipping) and it bugs me...
  9. NathanYearout

    Didn't Know I Needed a Two-Stage Fermentation.

    Hello, as the title says. I was following a recipe from beersmith. I don't use beersmith typically and I'm new and neglected to click on the fermentation part. I didn't know I needed to transfer the batch to a new carboy to finish the fermentation, and also didn't see that it says "age 30 days."...
  10. NathanYearout

    Is my beer fermenting?

    Hello all, hope you guys are having a good one. I'm new to brewing and decided to give a blue moon clone recipe a try as I like Belgian ales. The recipe was a bit different than my first beer but my local homebrewing shop printed it out for me and said it should be good. The wort turned out...
  11. tf2


    I was at an orchard this weekend, and in among the regular trees was a single crabapple tree absolutely bursting with ripe red fruit. I tasted one, and it was sour and astringent but tasty. They sold apples by the bag, and those crabapples filled the gaps between the larger ones nicely. I...
  12. V

    Cider with Autumn Olive berries

    So I’m planning my October cider batches and I just stumbled upon a shrub called Autum Olives / Autumn Berry / Silver berries. I didn’t know about these (invasive) shrubs before but I have access to one laden with edible and astringent berries. I’m thinking these might be great at adding to my...
  13. Apisal

    43 hours and the yeast already settled down... should i rack it? and other questions

    Note: for complicated reasons i am extremally unaware of the common knowledge of alcohol making, so bear with me plz... but if you want to know why, check this post ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- specific gravity around 1.050 from this...
  14. S

    Brunwater 5.5 pH and Blue arrow Questions

    I just downloader the supporter's version of Bru'n'water 5.5. I'm using it on an older Mac running Excel. I enabled Macros. Set Calculation to automatic. I set no limit to the number of iterations. I worked in the suggested order. 1) Local water data (extremely soft water) 2) Sparge water...
  15. S

    Which beer is good for health?

    Hello friends , Beer is one of the drinks with health and beauty benefits if everyone knows how to use it. But not all beer is clean and safe. Can you share about safe and delicious beers? Since I also want to open a beer dealer, I should consult everyone. Thank you everyone for taking an...
  16. G

    Did my Mead go bad?

    Hi this is my second time making Mead this time I went with more of a basic dessert mead everything was going well after fermentation and I started aging it. But now it has some kind of build up at the top is it okay? Both pictures are different bottles.
  17. caesarslegions

    Won $500 from a business competition, what would you suggest we spend it on?

    Unfortunately, we didn't win the grand prize, but we did win five hundred bucks. We're a group of seniors in college who had our plans ruined by COVID, so we've thrown ourselves headfirst into homebrewing and are hoping to get into the business of professionally brewing at some point (after...
  18. D

    Questions from A college Student Part 2:

    Hello everyone. I recently posted a few weeks ago talking about an entrepreneurship class that I'm involved in. My current project revolves around solving and issue or creating a business idea within the craft brewing space. My initial idea was to create local competitions/events for homebrewers...
  19. T

    Looking to turn a glass carboy into a "conical" fermentor. I need some feedback.

    I have a build mapped out in my head, but I'm fairly new to brewing. What I'm wondering is; If i make a contraption that the glass carboy sits in upside down, and I make a stand pipe that reaches to bottom of the 6 gal carboy and exits through my PVC valve (basically a long skinny "U"), when I...
  20. Michael L Collins

    Should I Blend?

    I have a (1 Gallon) Cherry/Cranberry wine starting at 1.146 ABV and is currently (as of 12/31) at 1.048. It seems to be continuing to ferment but just barely, and it's way sweet. When I started this, I had some left, and I wanted to make a wine with no added sugar, so I added it to a 12 oz of...