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  1. S

    Estimated ABV for sugar measurement?

    Hello guys. I don't have hydrometer yet so i have no initial OG reading. I've ordered one but obviously for this brew i won't get initial reading. I'm not looking for specific number but ball park, what would be estimated alcohol content of Best choice apple juice with added 1 1/4 lbs of white...
  2. J

    Understanding Brewing Volumes

    I have seen several questions lately regarding volume at various stages of brewing. I hope the following helps someone make sense of it all. It's long, but pretty thorough. I think it's comprehensive and easy to understand. If anyone has suggestions to make this better, I'm open to editing...
  3. J

    Understanding Brewing Volumes

    I have seen several questions lately regarding volume at various stages of brewing. I hope the following helps someone make sense of it all. It's long, but pretty thorough. I think it's comprehensive and easy to understand. If anyone has suggestions to make this better, I'm open to editing...
  4. frankvw

    Can a yeast starter be too big?

    I'm making yeast startrs using a stir plate. My starter wort has an OG of 1.040. I'm growing up a yeast sample that has few viable cells in it (liquid yeast and fermenter sludge several months old, sediment harvested from a bottle, etc.) What is better in this case: starting with a small...
  5. Iowa Brewer

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Fermenter

    Hey all, Brewed an English Ale, today (Northern), for which I totally messed up my sparge calculation (to say math is not my strong point would be an understatement!). As the boil was going I thought the level looked a bit low, but I'm kinda new to this, being my 8th brew day, and there was no...
  6. Washington_Brewologist

    Missed my target final volume into carboy...

    Hey guys! I just got done brewing a hoppy APA and seemed to have missed my target final volume of 5.5 by quite a bit. It looks like I have about 4.75 gallons in the fermenter. I believe I found the error in my planning but whats strange is I seemed to hit my target OG of 1.052 right on the...
  7. Washington_Brewologist

    Missed my target final volume into carboy...

    Hey guys! I just got done brewing a hoppy IPA and seemed to have missed my target final volume of 5.5 by quite a bit. It looks like I have about 4.75 gallons in the fermenter. I believe I found the error in my planning but whats strange is I seemed to hit my target OG of 1.052 right on the...
  8. S

    OG too high, can I add water? (BIAB)

    On pretty much all of my batches I've been going off of the recipe boil size when I start my mash, so if the recipe says boil size is 7.5 gallons that's what I put in my kettle when I start to heat the water for the mash. Pretty much all 3 or 4 batches I've done so far have resulted in lower...
  9. R

    Kit Volume Question / Primary question

    I have brewed a few batches now and I am starting to get the hang of it but I had a question on volume. My typical brew is fairly standard, start with 2.5 to 3gal of water,steep specialty grains for 20-30 min at desired temp, add LME, bring to a boil, 60 minute with hop schedule. Irish Moss...
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