Topic: Fermentation

Build a Fermentation Chamber

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Major Build Components: (1) Sheet 2” Rigid Insulation Board (Owens Corning Extruded Polystyrene) Large Tube Clear RTV Cement Box of 4” Nails Used 6,000 BTU Air Conditioning Unit Metal Shelf Grating and

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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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Fermentation

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What’s the simplest way to improve your homebrew? Well, for most homebrewers, it’s running a good fermentation. One of the biggest factors in this is pitching an adequate amount of yeast. Pitching

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How long to secondary ferment

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  Many beers, especially big beers such as imperial stouts, mellow with extended aging in the secondary fermenter. It is usually best to place the secondary in a cool place for extended


Higher Alcohols

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Before you dump your mead down the drain, please read my answer! The aroma you describe is the distinctive scent of ethyl acetate. This nail-polish smelling compound is the most common acetate

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Using Spunding Valves

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All-grain homebrewers with temperature-controlled fermentation capabilities have most of the same levers to pull as craft brewers, but fermentation pressure is one notable exception. And pressure is exactly what a spunding valve

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Fermentation Timeline

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Every time I brew I undoubtedly find myself staring at my fermenter for minutes at a time during peak fermentation when carbon dioxide (CO2) is rhythmically gurgling out of my blow off

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All About Brett

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A glass of a saison brewed with “The Mad Fermentationist” house Brett/Saison blend hopped with Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon, and blended with a bottle of Alsatian Gewürztraminer. In 2012 Chad Yakobson

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Choosing a Fermenter

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When it comes to your homebrew, most people will say the most crucial element is taking care of your fermentation, and reasonably so. Although everything involved in making your wort is important,

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