Update! I was really worried that the fermentation wasn’t going to complete because of the high acidity, but I checked it while kegging and it was 0.098! I took a taste and it is actually pretty good (definitely better than I expected) right now, and it’s uncarbonated, warm, and unsweetened.
I went ahead and kegged both fermenters and added 2…[Read more]
I have always just pitched directly into the wort or simply rehydrated dry yeast and haven’t ever had a problem but a lot of people have recommended doing yeast starters to get fermentation started faster, especially in higher gravity beers.
I need some help coming up with some wedding-themed names for a few beers I am brewing for my friend’s wedding reception. I’ll be bringing a Red Ale, a Pale Ale, an IPA, and a hard lemonade.
Any fun name ideas are greatly appreciated!
I always just threw them right in my kettle (converted keg with a screen false bottom). I ended up getting a clog on a brew day so I added a second screen made out of a fine mesh colander that I run the tube coming out of the valve through which seemed to help some, but now I use a nylon hop bag. It’s pretty large so I think the…[Read more]
We have fermentation!!! Bubbling slowly but surely. Not much krausen, but I can see the layer of yeast working on the top of the wort/must/lemonade (unsure of the proper term for this one!), so hopefully we’re in good shape. I’ll be racking it to secondary in about 9-10 days and will take a gravity reading.
Ok, I went ahead and gave this a shot on Saturday! I ended up with this recipe. These instructions are all based on 1 five-gallon batch, but I made 2 batches because I need to have a bunch of this on hand for a friend’s wedding.
2 bottles of 32 oz 100% lemon juice
4 lbs sugar to ferment
3 tsp. yeast nutrient
1 tsp. yeast energizer
4 1/2 gallons…[Read more]
I’m brewing beer for a friend’s wedding and I’m hoping to do a non-beer option for people as well so that non-beer drinkers can still have something cold and carbonated on tap. I was thinking about doing a cider, but to be honest my ciders are still kind of hit and miss, and cider doesn’t really appeal to non-beer drinkers all the time anyway.…[Read more]
I’m through most of primary fermentation now and I can definitely say I didn’t have any issues with the list staying on. I didn’t flip the rubber gasket over either. I had a really rigorous fermentation at the beginning, so if the lid was going to pop off it would have done it by now.
I think at this point I can officially say that I’m a fan of…[Read more]
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