Topic: Fermentation

The Forced Ferment Test

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A forced ferment is a test used by many professional brewers and brewery labs to determine the minimum final gravity possible from a freshly-made batch of wort. By diverting a sample of wort

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Stuck Fermentations

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Avoid a stuck fermentation with these simple tips.


Fast Lager Experiment: Traditional vs. Quick Fermentation

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Many homebrewers avoid making lager styles due to how convoluted and time consuming the process is. In addition to recommendations calling for yeast pitch rates nearly double that needed for ales, step

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Transferring to Secondary Fermentation

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Fortunately for homebrewers there are convenient ways to move beer around without ruining your homebrewed suds with the ill effects associated with oxygen. As you mention in your question, one handy method

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Build a Fermentation Temperature Control System

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Whether the topic is brewing techniques or DIY projects, learning and sharing with others have played a huge role in my homebrewing hobby. A common problem that I’ve found a lot of

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Fermentation Heater

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Fermentation temperature control can mean a world of difference in the quality of beer. One of my early hurdles in homebrewing was keeping my carboy cool enough through the warmer months. Too

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Immersion Lid Temperature Controller

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For the past few years I’ve been doing small batch brew-in-a-bag (BIAB); brewing 2.5 gallons (9.5 L) of delicious beer at a time, in my kitchen, by my lonesome. Something was missing

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Build a Fermentation Chamber

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As homebrewers, we know that the steps in crafting a fine homebrew typically involve recipe formulation, gathering ingredients and at least several hours of brewing time to create the precious wort. Once

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Making Kettle Sours

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It took a while for brewers outside of the small sour brewing centers of Belgium and Germany to produce excellent sours because so much of the science and practice of sour beer

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Pressurizing Your Fermenter: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Mike Gleason,  Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham, MA There is a lot of buzz surrounding the use of a spunding valve on fermenters these days throughout the homebrewing community. Some

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Under Pressure: Capturing CO2 During Fermentation

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There are some who say that a beer whose entire fermenting and aging life is maintained at positive pressure — around 15 psi —tastes much better. Dr. Chris White of White Labs believes that not only pro

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Build a Barrel Coolship Fermenter

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Open fermentation can yield some amazing flavors, but requires the brewer to pay special attention to temperature, cleanliness, and fermenter shape. Some professional breweries cool their wort in vessels called coolships. Coolships

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