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Topic by conradev 10 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I'm trying to make mead for the first time. The must has been sitting with an air lock for about two weeks now, and while I do see bubbles forming at the top of the must I don't see any activity in the fluid filled air lock. I have seen other home brewing attempts and those airlocks were blooping gas all over the place. Should I add more yeast or just be patient?
Question by Dinosaurs9 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I have 3 pounds of muntons extra light malt, can I make a extra light malt wine mead with that and do you think it will turn out ok. I have several glass carboy's/demijohns I have a 5 gallon, 3 or 4 gallon, and several 1 gallon carboys. I have seen several recipes for 1 gallon honey mead or mead wine and those recipes call for 3 pounds of honey. so I guess this should work but I don't no if I should put some kind of sugar with it, if so what kind and how much. so many questions
Question by mattthomas992003 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello! I am new to here. I have done a bit of coding in the past, but not really delved too deeply into the hardware side of things. I am currently brewing beer and would like to make something with a thermostat that I can attach to the outside of a plastic bucket to monitor the brewing beers temperature. The thermostat would need to have a bit of length to it. It would also be amazing to record this data on a computer. Can anyone help me out, and point me in the right direction? Much appreciated! Thanks, Ged
Topic by GedK 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I have the materials to make it but have never done it before. Can someone walk me through how to make 2 gallons of tea and apply the scoby after the tea is room temperature. I have general knowledge but need confidence to do it with out a hitch.
Question by coachparson 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
This started as an unrelated comment thread on a post about freezing blueberries. It seems like such a great topic I created this forum for it. Brewers? Ideas? Beergnome: I do it for a living ;) we force carbonate as a rule. we only naturally carbonate for special order casks. our economy of scale doesn't allow otherwise.. fezrock it is possible to create a counter pressure rig for judging bottles for your homebrew, I'm sure there is an instructable for it,, if not there should be. it requires you creating an envelope of CO2 in the bottle, then having a T rig that will take the beer under pressure in the bottle with counter pressure of CO2 to keep the dissolved CO2 in the beer in solution. Its a bit of work, but if you care about competition at all. a clean bottle always bumps up the score. Fezrock: Nice career! I'm still quite the novice, but practice makes better! As to your question, I haven't seen anything like it. Topping the bottle out with CO2 would help the end product, but wouldn't do much for pressure loss. Nitrogen would be similar, but whichever is the heavier gas (not sure) would be marginally better for this lo-tech solution. On a small scale, if a sealed environment could be created to fit your capper around your cap, more gas pressure could be applied. I imagine an upright lever capper would be needed to work that out. Thanks for that idea seed! On a larger scale, if you could cap in a larger chamber, you could set the CO2/N2 pressure in the chamber to whatever you needed it to be. This would also give you space to insert your brew without introducing air. Or just overcarbonate the brew to make up for carbonation loss to outgassing. Crazy idea: add a small amount of dry ice without freezing the brew. (you don't need leftover yeasts anyway!) It sounds like a fun experiment, and could be adjusted to suit your pressure needs.
Topic by fezrock 8 years ago
I came up with an idea for a project. I have a old *1913* bellows *pocket camera*. It would be a collectors item..but it's in baad shape. But the optics are fine. I want to rig up a really simple digital system inside. No complex metering. No exposure time controls. Really just an on/off switch. Exposure would be controlled by the optics already in place.Does anyone know where I could find a guide to make/modify a digital camera to do something along the line of what I want to do? Or any advice in general.
Topic by Drackar 12 years ago | last reply 12 years ago
Lately I've been looking into home water purification; and I was hoping I could get some community support, and ideas :) So far in my online research, I have found that active carbon works well as a filter. So, I was thinking I could sew some between two pieces of fabric, and then put it at the bottom of a pvc pipe, thus letting the water go through it; From there, I got the idea of making a wooden box, which will be just about (1 ft x 1 ft) all the way around. I'd also line the inside with a plastic sheet, like those found in a home pond. I think that would make a good housing for the filtering equipment; I'm still working out the details on the actual purification of the water; I have a basic understanding of it, though if you have some insight, please do share :) Also, if active carbon would be a good solution, where would be a good place to find it; I live in the Glendale, Arizona area, so somewhere around here, if you could.
Topic by James.Litewski 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Using a full size fridge and a picnic tap to start. Will upgrade as needed going forward.
Question by toast26 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hi folks, Essentially, I'm trying to make a heating pad and I'm becoming terrible confused. . . Let me start by offering some background on my project. I'm building a fermentation cabinet that will be cooled by a window A/C unit. The cabinet will be split into two halves. The first half, with the A/C unit, will be for lagering beer and cold conditioning. Temps will be around 40° F. The beer fermenting in the second half show be kept at about 60°-70° F. The 120mm PC fan will turn on and blow cold air into the second chamber when the temperature drops below a set point. I would like to have heating belts wrapped around the containers in the second chamber to bring the heat of the liquid up when it drops too low. This is where I'm getting very confused. I'm basically an idiot when it comes to electrical work. . . I would like to use about 7' of 30 AWG Teflon coated copper wire as my heating element. I've calculated the resistance of the wire at .722 ohms (this is the part where you ought to start speaking up and correcting me). Can anyone help me figure out what type of resistor I would need to drop the voltage down enough to get a 20W heating element? I'm starting with 120V from the wall. The sketch below is the cabinet design. Thanks, Chris
Topic by Soulproperty 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Some friends of mine have asked me to make them a brew temperature controller for their microbrewery. I have a rough idea about how I'm thinking of doing it, but would like to check out whether I am on the right track. What they want is something that will maintain a constant temperature inside an insulated box they are building (about 3x1x1m), which the vats will go in to brew. My idea is to use an arduino controller to switch a Solid State Relay and turn the heater on and off to maintain a set temperature. I want to try using low frequency PWM (at about 5Hz) and a proper PI control loop to get really accurate control, rather than just using a standard thermostat action. I'm thinking that given that the relay should switch on every half-cycle (100Hz), this will give me at least 20 levels of control. (Probably more because as the PWM frequency drifts against the mains frequency, the number of on cycles will jump up and down by 1 around an average value.) I decided on this method rather than using a phase angle controller because they are costly and need external components (e.g. a line filter) to work properly. As far as I can see, this switching method should give me pretty good control over the temperature, but it would be good to know if anyone can see any problems with it - I'm designing this more from theory than experience. One thing I'm not sure about is how to measure the temperature. I'm thinking of using an SPI chip rather than try to calibrate a thermistor, but these cost about 4 pounds, so I'm wondering if I could save a bit of money by using a simpler method. Another question is about safety - any advice on things I should do to ensure it's safe would be welcome. I've never done a mains powered project before, so I want to be really careful. I've written up some notes on my proposed design here.
Question by ganglion 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
BBC News are running an item about a car running on home-produced hydrogen.UK company ITM Power has produced a plastic film they claim is suitable for home electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen (they say) can be used in the home, to be burned for cooking or heating, or to power a car (they are simply burning it, but it could supply a hydrogen fuel cell).As we have mentioned elsewhere on this site, current sources of hydrogen are not "green" (95% of current H2 supplies are manufactured from fossil fuels), but ITM say that their system is green because you aren't stopping at a filling station, you're generating your own hydrogen from the energy resource of your choice (maybe your own solar cells or wind turbine).Others, however, have questioned the wisdom of storing tanks of hydrogen at home.Whatever the application, if this new material is all that they claim, it could be a major step towards a true hydrogen society.BBC StoryITM Power
Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Design wouldI am sorry for how disorganised my ideas are but please bear in mind that it was at about 1:35 a.m that I typed this. I have an idea for a hahandledame system that would use sd memory cards as cartridges and would use two screens one would be a touch screen while the other would be a normal screen. For inter system communication I think that an ad-hock wireless web could be used like ninintendoid for the DS system. It would of course have onboard speakers but it would also have an onboard microphone for audio input, It would also have the apappropriateacks for external speakers and microphones on it. The handhandledld also have a mini usb port for charging and communications purppurposeswell as a female usb port for similar reasons though It would also be used as an input for external gamepads and usb flash drives. for the internal memory it would use compact flash memory cards to hold it's operating system and inernainternalare like a chat system and a simple non tabed web browser. for the operating system I thought that it could use linux since it is such a small compact operating system and doesn't need a whole lot to run. Now as far as external design goes I was thinking that a clamshell clamshellld probably be best for it. please tell me if any of this sounds improbable or downright impossible but please keep it clean.
Topic by Dwarg 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I know that tea leaves are sometimes used as a yeast nutrient in other drinks but I was wondering if you could get a "stronger" and fizzy ice tea thing going on?
Question by jokerlz 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
To get the homebrew channel for wii version 4.3 just go here and download version 0.8 whis has the homebrew channel in thw hackmii download in it then exacute the program with smash stack , indiana pwns or the original, twighliht princess game hack like you would with wi version 3.4 . its not hard to do but additionally you know how all homebrew usb loaders were slow and or didn't work with your usb storage device the newest download that i linked has a ios included that lets more usb devices be recognized an loaded faster Now you can also get backrounds for hbc which are here (follow on screen instructions for installation) you can also create your own which you'll need this page and a .jar opener
Topic by nbagf 8 years ago
I have been growing my own tobacco for about 5 years now and mostly have only been drying/aging it. The homegrown tobacco always seems to have a bite to it unless it's flue cured or something. Traditionally, tobacco is dried, then fermented in large heaping piles and finally cured. As a home grower, I don't have a 1/2 acre plot growing to create such piles. On youtube, surfmonkeycoconut made a small fermenter using a styrofoam cooler & shop light. I'm taking his idea and running with it by making a fermenter out of an apartment sized fridge. I'm almost done with it but it's not too late for me to start the 'ible on it. My tobacco that has been drying for 6 months is now up & it's time to ferment. I can't say how well it will work but I am trying to duplicate the "pile" conditions so after the "build 'ible" there would be the "using it 'ible." The plan is to be able to ferment anywhere from one leaf to 5 pounds of tobacco "Ron Popeil style" (you know, "set it! and forget it!). If anybody wants to see how, please let me know. I would be happy to make the 'ible if at least one person wants to see. Thanks.
Topic by laughingjungle 5 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
We live over here and can't find a store via internet does anyone have a suggestion??? Thanks.
Question by maureen_cramer 8 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Question by dethaman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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Question by michaeltruman83 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I know someone who had done it. i would like to figure how. i have a .jar game, i just don't where to put it in my memory card or how to get the phone to read it. i also heard that the env 2 from verizon doesn't read that file type. but i know they got it to work somehow! and its pokemon yellow version, so i know its not a bought brew game. lol thanks in advance for any help.
Question by 4isspecial 10 years ago
What's the cheapest (safe and legal) way to obtain a small quantity of relatively pure geosmin? By "small" I mean an amount sufficient to keep a room smelling like rich earth for weeks. By "relatively pure" I mean it won't turn funky or give someone a nasty case of fungal pneumonia. Brew it? I know dehydration and alkali could -help- isolate Streptomyces, but then what? I don't have access to ready-made selective media nor money to buy strange supplies.
I just came across a beer (bought in Tesco) from a brewery that is new to me, but I'm definitely going to keep an eye on.The beer is Punk IPA: Post Modern Classic Pale Ale, from the BrewDog brewery in Fraserburgh, Scotland. A fresh, clean beer, with an ABV of 6%, it's an easy drinker.According to their website, they have a range of beers, mainly ales and stouts, but with one pilsner as well. They are all modern, pure-ingredient takes on classic brews.I'm not a beer expert, but I am a beer snob. Based on this IPA, and the brewers' Maker attitude, I plan on making BrewDog a regular presence in my beer stocks.Even better news for our resident brewers (Lemonie and moaner70 to name two), they have a vacancy - if you have it in you, and can commute to Scotland, They are looking for a new brewer.
Topic by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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Topic by randofo 8 years ago
So this will be my first LED project and after reading just about all there is to read i think i have it down, but b4 i go out and buy everything i want to consult the PRO's and see if it is right and turn this into a instructable. So if you could take a gander at the attached professional scribbled design and give me some feedback id appreciate it. and to clarify im not sure if im going to run this off of 120v or 12v. Thank you!! IT IS WIRED IN PARALLEL!!!
Question by ARGMISTER 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hey everyone, I am a student in software engineering and I am leading a project with other folks in software and electric engineering as some artists which consist of developing a computer game that use a home brewed device. That device is essentially a wii-mote ripoff: we will use some gyroscopes and accelerometer to get user input. However, some of the parts we are looking for are very expensive, we need to do 3 of theses devices and we don't have a big budget :) Since the most expensive part is the bluetooth transmitter (our device needs to be wireless), I was looking for a workaround. First, why bluetooth? Well we thought using some FM or RF stuff, however that implies some rare stuff that is not embedded in our student computers and even more expensive... So that's why we thought using bluetooth... And my question is... Is that possible and not so complicated to use those cheap USB bluetooth bundle such as these ones: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords;=bluetooth+adapter ? When I say not so complicated, I mean that we won't have a big controller... we will have just what we need to get the data from analogical sensors turn it into digital data and send it over USB. Looking over the web I found that some RS232 to bluetooth bundles exists, however they are very expensive... It might be an utopia, electrical stuff is really not my field of study. Thanks for your help!
Topic by scadieux 9 years ago
Hi all, I need to build a box about 75cm wide, 50cm tall, 50 cm deep, that will maintain a temperature range of 20-30 degrees C (about 68-86 F) in ambient temperatures of 0-35 C (32-95 F). What are my best options for heating and cooling? For temperature regulation I imagine I'll be using an aquarium thermostat for the heating end of things. What would be best for cooling? I am imagining a plywood frame with a plastic tray insert, covered with styrofoam sheets. Pretty simple stuff. It will probably hinge open on the front face. I'll be keeping fermenting and sprouting foods in it. thanks for any help and ideas! -bs
Topic by bluescrubby 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Would you take a minute to contact your US Representatives about HR-2903 and US senators about S-1562? It's a pair of bills that would enable small-time and hobby folk to distill small amounts of alcohol legally. Here's a link to the legislation itself (below). There's a nice executive summary with a few bullet points. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2903 Here's a link to contact information for your representatives: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ Oh, you need your full ZIP code to contact most of these politicians. Look yours up here: https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction!input.action YOU CAN DO IT!
Topic by neffk 3 years ago
Hey guys(and maybe girls), i just hacked my brothers psp slim. Now i am used to the phat pap where you install the 1.50 subset to get homebrew to work, but that said only for fat psp. Only some homebrew works on the slim psp, but has major issues. for instance psp revolution has no sound anywhere, and none of the bottom buttons work. I have tried both the 5.00 and 1.50 kernels in the recovery menu. Is there some patch, or homebrew launcher that i dont know about?? should i install the 1.50 kernel addon anyway? firmware is 5.00 M33-6
Topic by A.C.E. 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I've been wondering if I could use an air-conditioner pump for a vacuum evaporator for making concentrates without destroying some flavor for home brewing and cooking and I'm wondering if I should worry about the water vapor the comes from this. Should I set up some kind of cold trap for the water making some kinda vacuum distiller or should I use something else to drop the pressure?
Topic by sugarworm 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hey, i figured most people interested in 3d Printing would also be interested in free-hand 3d Sketching!!! http://www.the3doodler.com/ Additionally, It might for a great Base for a plastic extruder to be used in home brew 3d printers!
Topic by Deathcapt 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I've been brewing mead at home for a couple of months now. I started a 1 gallon batch of mint and honey mead about an hour ago and there is no activity going on in it. The yeast looks like it is swimming around but there is no carbonation bubbling to the top. I used dry active yeast which is what I've used for other batches over the past months. Q1: Should I wait until tomorrow and check it? Q2: Should I add another pack of yeast to it? Q3: Referring to Q2, will adding any more yeast to it cause a yeasty brew in the final product?
Question by foxy1paco 8 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
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Topic by th3_v1k1ng 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
The other day I was driving along the side of a lake after a snow storm and saw two kids shoveling off a skating area. The ideas for a home-brew zamboni were tested and retested. My final design would be an adult tricycle toeing a piece of sheet metal on the ice with a camp fire on top.
Topic by noraajagger 10 years ago
As inductance and capacitance testing is a frequent topic on instructables, N5ESE's GIZMOs page has several home-brew testing gadgets and misc. gizmos, including:-- inductance meter-- capacitance meter-- frequency generator-- crystal checker-- dummy loads and attenuators-- 'scope probesCool stuff...
Topic by gmoon 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I found an article on the web touting dandelion tea (brewed dried root) but also saw that it was a better taste if roasted and used instead as , but in place of coffee ! Is there a specific method of roasting the roots ? Dry and crispy or all but burnt ? Anybody know?
Question by gearhead1951 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hi, first time brewing, ive got my apples cut them up and put htem in a bucket , i was then taken into hospital so the apples have been in the bucket for over a month with nothing added are they still ok to be used and if so wot should i do next ?
Question by ourwullie80 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hi all I'm new to brewing made some cider today the specific gravity was 6 what will the end result be used normal yeast this time made some a couple of weeks ago and forgot to measure sg it's now at 3 am I reading my hydrometer right anyone know how ill get the true abv of this batch thanks jolly
Question by Jollyr6 5 years ago
Cold thermostat and temperature recorder. Good day everyone! I luckly obtained for free a freezer with a broken thermostat. I am planning to brew some lager beer, so I would like to replace the thermostat with a digital one, in order to set the temperature on 4°C / 39,2°F / 277,15K (ahah) (lager beer brewing temperature!) and to record it during the fermenting process, transfering then the data on my computer. Before I get lost through the universe of electronics, could anyone of you give me a good advice on where to look? I suppose an Arduino could do the trick, but I know almost nothing about it; so i ask you. Otherwise, I scavenged a "working", non-digital fridge thermostat, but I've just seen that it makes the freezer to get no warmer than -10°C: does anyone know if it is fixable and how to? Many thanks for the attention, and have a good day!
Question by FrancescoC12 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
Hey people so iv made my own brew its out of blackberrys and a little kiwi fruit with plenty of sugar water and yeast and its gone a little acidic, i can still taste alcohol and sugar still its just verry acidic, is there anything i can do to help bring the acidity down? thanks for anyones help.
Topic by Underground Breweries 10 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I'm brewing up a batch of cider for the holidays. Home brewing is something I used to be into and haven't done in a while, but I thought it would be fun to get back into. Way back, 8 years ago, when we moved I stored my empties in the attic. Dragging them out today I was surprised to find one of the bottles was capped. So being curious I cracked the top and low and behold it was still carbonated, after 8 years in an attic which can reach 140 degrees in the summer. As you can see from the rather blurry picture(sorry), the color is very dark, but with a nice creamy head, it was very clear, not surprising;y, the arome was strongly caramel. On the palate it was smooth and creamy like a schwarzbier. The flavor was caramel and balsamic without the vinegar (like a balsamic reduction). Discretion being the better part of valor, I spat it out and washed my mouth with Listerine. Still it was an interesting experience. Just wanted to share.
Topic by Tool Using Animal 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I bought a March 809-02 pump on eBay and sadly didn't pay attention to the voltage for it.I got it to transfer hot water in my brewing projects. I have basic skills but I want to be safe about it. If this is a thing best left to a truly qualified electrician, I will do so. Thanks in advance.Sean
Question by tireswing 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Was at the doctor's.. BP 200/130! I love to make my food with soy sauce. No more!!! Now I need to know how to brew it myself, with KCl instead of 'normal' salt. Next question: Why soy beans??? are they better? Perhaps I could use other varieties???
Question by BobS 9 years ago | last reply 4 years ago