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Old 01-06-2017, 08:27 PM   #341
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So in hindsight I shouldn't have blended up the fruit - blocked up the conical fermenter, hopefully most of the solids will drop out otherwise Im going to be picking bits out of my teeth.

How long did this take to finish up for people using wine/champagne yeast ? Im going to consider some decent ale or saison yeast for next batch.


I've just done one with a champagne yeast and drank the first one three weeks after making, it was done fermenting in a week then two weeks to carbonate. One thing I'd say, there's not a hint of sweetness in it. I don't mind it but my wife and mother in law both commented they'd like it sweeter. I know there is cider yeast available with sweetener which might be worth considering.


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Old 02-06-2017, 01:51 PM   #342
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I've just done one with a champagne yeast and drank the first one three weeks after making, it was done fermenting in a week then two weeks to carbonate. One thing I'd say, there's not a hint of sweetness in it. I don't mind it but my wife and mother in law both commented they'd like it sweeter. I know there is cider yeast available with sweetener which might be worth considering.


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Yeah the champers yeast can really eat through all the sugar. Next time I do this I'm going with an ale or Saison yeast and using a standard FV.
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Hi all.

New to brewing so would appreciate a little advice. (This is only my second brew).

I've had this fermenting for just under a week and it's appeared to be complete already? I pitched at 20oc, sustained 22oc through fermentation. My OG 1045 and just done my final reading at 0.992!? Calculating out at around 7% ABV. Would it be right that the reading can be sub 1.000?

I used GV3 yeast and not sure if it's a bad batch or something else but there was a distinct smell of rotten eggs through most of the fermentation. Having lifted the lid today, as there was little activity in the air lock there's still a residual smell of egg. Any ideas why this might be?

Now admittedly I had put the fermenter in the bathroom where sun was coming in, in the hope of raising the temp up a few degrees. When I returned just 30 mins later the thermometer was reading 26oc. Clearly the liquid didn't reach 26oc but I had read that it can produce off flavours if left in direct sunlight? Could that be a contributing factor? Not sure if it's coincidence, the smell only occurred after this bathroom episode to which i returned it to the airing cupboard.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:26 PM   #344
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Hi all.

New to brewing so would appreciate a little advice. (This is only my second brew).

I've had this fermenting for just under a week and it's appeared to be complete already? I pitched at 20oc, sustained 22oc through fermentation. My OG 1045 and just done my final reading at 0.992!? Calculating out at around 7% ABV. Would it be right that the reading can be sub 1.000?

I used GV3 yeast and not sure if it's a bad batch or something else but there was a distinct smell of rotten eggs through most of the fermentation. Having lifted the lid today, as there was little activity in the air lock there's still a residual smell of egg. Any ideas why this might be?

Now admittedly I had put the fermenter in the bathroom where sun was coming in, in the hope of raising the temp up a few degrees. When I returned just 30 mins later the thermometer was reading 26oc. Clearly the liquid didn't reach 26oc but I had read that it can produce off flavours if left in direct sunlight? Could that be a contributing factor? Not sure if it's coincidence, the smell only occurred after this bathroom episode to which i returned it to the airing cupboard.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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Yes, hydrometer readings can go below 1.00. Pure water at 20C has a reading of 1.00. Sugar solution is more dense than water, so the hydrometer floats higher and gives a reading greater than one. Alcohol solution is less dense than water, so the hydrometer sinks lower and gives a reading lower than one.

Brewing can produce sulphurous smells. Don't worry about it, it will dissipate with time and should be gone by the time its conditioned and ready to drink.

I don't think direct sunlight would have a big effect on your brew. It can be a problem with beer, as sunlight can cause skunking by causing a reaction with compounds from hops, but as ginger beer doesn't have hops, this isn't an issue.
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Thanks for your advice.

Everything you said makes sense. I'll bottle it up and leave it for a while to condition and hopefully I won't be drinking scrambled eggs.
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