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  1. 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...
  2. 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."...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Bryan312

    Odd Fermentation, Thoughts on why? Cloudy

    So I've been brewing regularly for about 4 years now and have made probably over 50 batches and this recipe is one of my tried and trues and always turns out pretty well the exact same. its a 10g batch of pale ale, I usually use US05 but only had enough for 5g so I pitched that in one and I used...
  15. Kanonen80

    Blowoff Tubes and PET Carboys

    I have a couple 5 gallon PET carboy's that I need to use for primary fermentation. The opening fits a #10 stopper, so the normal 1" diameter tubing I have is out of the question. I've seen some people using some smaller tubing right in in the stopper opening - is that really the best/only...
  16. R

    Question about Converting all Grain to Extract

    Hi Guys, Sorry, I'm brand new to brewing so this question is going to sound dumb. I've brewed 2 beers so far, both from kits. Both beers came out great, but I want to try something a bit more "craft". I've got a grain bill of: Pale Malt: 10lb Wheat Malt: 3lb 3oz The recipe that I am...
  17. Brewfawx

    What to do with spent grains?

    Hey all, Im looking for something to do to repurpose my spent grains after brew day. I dont have livestock or chickens, so is there anything I can do with my grains? Fawx
  18. exaideum

    Fermenting sour and wild ales outside

    Hello Beer-internet! So I'm running low on space inside my small house and I'm considering building a small air-tight unit on the side of my house to hold all of my smaller 1-5 gal fermenters that are housing long aging sours. Is that a terrible idea? I've only been making sours for a little...
  19. Bobbaugh3

    Strawberry Kiwi Melomel

    Started my adventure into mead back at the end of May. I primaried from May to June - added more must and fruit, refermentation kicked up, then secondaried from June to end of August. Racked my Strawberry Kiwi Melomel off of the lees about 15 days ago. Started at 26 Brix(OG: 1.110), after 3...
  20. T

    Mead Yeast Requirements Messing With my Brew?

    Hello, quick question here. I recently created a sugarcane wine. Here was the setup: 1L boil extracted sugarcane (boiled sugarcane in water) 0.5L water ~3g mangrove jack's M05 (mead) yeast pretty well sterilised I let it sit in a demijohn for a week and it turned out smelling not good (to the...