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  1. BryggAnton

    Start out with high gravity to lower it later

    Hey folks, i have gathered tons of information for a couple of weeks now. All the necessary BIAB equipment is ordered and on it's way. And I'm really looking forward brewing my fist all grain beer! But a topic i have stumbled upon a couple of times is about hitting the right gravity when done...
  2. luis.salas

    When talking about boiling, is it actually boiling?

    Ok, this is a reaaaaally newbie question. I'm almost ashamed of posting it. But, I'm not sure about this. When we talk about 60min of boiling, do I have to start taking the time when the wort actually starts boiling or it goes since I put the pan on the fire? Thanks and sorry.
  3. B

    Chilling Wort Accident

    Hello, Recently I made the mistake of pouring my hot wort into my glass carboy (fermentor) instead of first cooling it. I normally always cool my wort by putting it in my sink with ice and adding cold tap water around the edges of the pot but I completely blanked-out and poured it directly into...
  4. N

    What's this floating on my wort?

    Hi all, I'm relatively new to home brewing beer and have been experimenting with kitchen brewing using grain and spray malts. To save a bit of time on my latest brew I decided to try an extract kit. This came with spray malt and hop extract, which (according to the instructions) just required...
  5. K

    Preparing A Yeast Starter Using Canned Wort

    In my previous article Wort Canning To Save Time, one commenter questioned where the time savings were. Well, ask and ye shall receive! In this article, I'll show you how I use pre-canned starter wort to make preparing a yeast starter an extremely quick process. As I mentioned in the previous...
  6. K

    Wort Canning To Save Time

    One of the most common questions I see asked on HomeBrewTalk is, "How can I shorten my brew day?" Brewing is a relaxing and fun activity (otherwise, why would we do it?), but it can require a significant time commitment. The amount of time required depends on your brewing method and recipe. An...
  7. J

    Building A Copper Wort Chiller

    Building A Copper Wort Chiller Purpose: Well as we all know, needing to chill your wort fast and efficiently is of utmost importance. I've been brewing for a while now and until recently I did not think I would ever need an immersion chiller. Well was I wrong. Now that I created this wonderful...
  8. aarong

    Wort Aeration & How To Build A Free Pump

    One of my favorite aspects of home brewing is the ingenuity that can be used throughout the process. Some people have the finances to buy the biggest and best equipment, some like me do not. For me, the fun comes in when I can use some ingenuity to come up with a way to do something cheaper and...
  9. tone_s

    DIY Cost-Effective Immersion Wort Chiller

    The following steps are how I made a immersion chiller for cooling my brew fast for pitching yeast. No need to to pay $100 bucks. Things you will need: Standard head screw driver 25' 3/8" copper tubing (some use 50' and you would follow the same steps) 4 hose clamps 3/8" ID clear plastic hose...
  10. WileECoyote

    Cooling Wort Fast Without A Chiller

    I use two different methods for cooling 5 gallons of wort down after boiling it. One for summer brewing and one for winter brewing. Neither of these include a wort chiller, as I have not purchased one yet. I thought sharing these methods just might help a new or even an experienced brewer out...
  11. EnVinoVeritas

    DIY Wort Chiller For Hot Weather

    Living in Phoenix - the Valley of the Sun - I was confronted with the problem of a good way to chill my wort. With tap water coming out of the faucet VERY WARM, many of the standard methods didn't work. After much consternation, I came up with a method that has served me very well. All you need...
  12. EFryday

    Part 3, Sparge Water Tank and Lauter Tun

    In my stove top system I used my kettle for the protein and sach rests. Many will say the protein rest is unnecessary, but I figure it can't hurt anything so I do it anyway. After the rests and mash I sparged strait out of my kettle. The wort was collected in a boil pot and so on. I did...
  13. aarong

    Wort Aeration & How To Build A Free Pump

    One of my favorite aspects of home brewing is the ingenuity that can be used throughout the process. Some people have the finances to buy the biggest and best equipment, some like me do not. For me, the fun comes in when I can use some ingenuity to come up with a way to do something cheaper and...
  14. tone_s

    DIY Cost-Effective Immersion Wort Chiller

    The following steps are how I made a immersion chiller for cooling my brew fast for pitching yeast. No need to to pay $100 bucks. Things you will need: Standard head screw driver 25' 3/8" copper tubing (some use 50' and you would follow the same steps) 4 hose clamps 3/8" ID clear plastic hose...
  15. WileECoyote

    Cooling Wort Fast Without A Chiller

    I use two different methods for cooling 5 gallons of wort down after boiling it. One for summer brewing and one for winter brewing. Neither of these include a wort chiller, as I have not purchased one yet. I thought sharing these methods just might help a new or even an experienced brewer out...
  16. EnVinoVeritas

    DIY Wort Chiller For Hot Weather

    Living in Phoenix - the Valley of the Sun - I was confronted with the problem of a good way to chill my wort. With tap water coming out of the faucet VERY WARM, many of the standard methods didn't work. After much consternation, I came up with a method that has served me very well. All you need...
  17. EFryday

    Part 3, Sparge Water Tank and Lauter Tun

    In my stove top system I used my kettle for the protein and sach rests. Many will say the protein rest is unnecessary, but I figure it can't hurt anything so I do it anyway. After the rests and mash I sparged strait out of my kettle. The wort was collected in a boil pot and so on. I did...
  18. FloppyKnockers

    How loud is your wort pump?

    I was gifted my first chugger pump a little while ago that spawned and grew to a whole makeover of my chilling equipment. I went from a 25' coil immersion chiller to a Northern Brewer SS counterflow chiller. I got some silicone hoses, a new port on my kettle for recirculating, a thermometer, and...
  19. N

    Different pitching rates for wine and beer yeast

    I was having a discussion over in the One Gallon thread and it was suggested I post my query here. So far all I have made is cider, fruit wines, and one batch of mead. When looking at the directions for wine and cider yeast the pitch rates are pretty simple. About one gram per gallon. But...
  20. Jimmyco

    Running tubing through freezer for wort chilling

    Background: Many people just run tap water through their wort chillers to chill their wort, (1) in Arizona that would never work and (2) I hate wasting water like that. I bought a submersible pond pump and recirculate the water through an ice chest with ice water, it takes 7 minutes. It looks...
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