Frequently Asked Questions

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Brewing

Our brew buckets are 5 gallons.

Question: How do I remove lid? How do I attach the spigot to the bucket? Where do the washers go? Do I hand tighten it or use a tool?

Answer:

Please see the attached photos of the Brewferm bucket top. There is a "Open" tab in the middle of the bucket, just under the bucket lid. You would pull this "Open" tab forward so you can get a grip on the bucket top in order to be able to pull the top open. The top fits very snug so you have to put some power behind opening the top.  

The top is important for sealing the bucket when making the beer. When you put the bucket top back on, you should hear a few snaps verifying that the top is secure. You should not be able to easily open the top, if you can the top is not properly sealed. You can always use a rubber mallet or something like that to put pressure on the bucket top to get it to close tightly.

Our homebrew recipes are pre-mixed and pre-boiled, so all you have to do is add sugar and water to get started. No-boil recipes save you hours of brewing time so you can get to enjoying your homebrew faster.

https://brewferm.com/pages/copy-of-getting-started-with-brewferm

Our carbonationdrops are made from beet sugar, and do not contain any gluten or other allergens.

A variety-specific dry yeast is included with each recipe mix. The yeasts we include are always customized to perfectly fit each recipe.


Brewferm Buckrider
Yeast

Temp.range

Attenuation

Alcohol tolerance

flocculation

Flavor profile

 

Continental Ale

10-23

high

medium

high

fruity

 

Belgian Monks Ale

15-25

low

high

high

fruity esters

 

Super Saison

20-28

high

high

low

spicy, dry, hay

 

New World Yeast

15-25

medium

medium

medium

neutral, slightly fruity

 

Union Yack

15-25

low

medium

medium

fruity

 

Czech Lager

10-20

medium

high

high

fruity esters

 

Misty Wit

18-25

medium

medium

very low

fenolic, spicy, fruity esters

WHICH YEAST IN WHICH KIT

160.102.0

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Beastly Belge

P050.853.1

Continental Ale

160.105.3

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Dubbel Damme

P050.854.9

Belgian Monks Ale

160.107.9

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Belgian 1774

P050.856.4

Super Saison

160.108.7

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Bighorn Blond

P050.855.6

New World Yeast

160.110.3

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Flemish Fiend

P050.851.5

Union Yack

160.111.1

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Pious Pilsner

P050.852.3

Czech Lager

160.112.9

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Wicked Wheat

P050.857.2

Misty Wit

160.114.5

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Tripel Terror

P050.854.9

Belgian Monks Ale

160.116.0

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Sinister Stout

P050.851.5

Union Yack

160.118.6

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Sacred Saison

P050.856.4

Super Saison

160.103.8

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Divine Deliverance

P050.855.6

New World Yeast

 

Question: How warm does the water need to be when you dissolve the sugar in it? (still between 104F and 122F)?

Answer: Dissolve the sugar in tepid water of about 105F (40°C)

Question: When you add cold water to the wort, what should the temperature of the cold water be?

Answer: Ambient temperature of water is fine - the cooler the water, the quicker the wort will cool down.

Question: Our beer did not go down to 68F, it stayed at 70 degrees. Should we put it outside to cool? Should we wait longer? How long do we wait for it to cool? If it isn’t at 68F when you add the yeast, will it ruin the beer?

Answer: Depending on the temperature of your tap water, your mixture will differ in temperature. When your beer is 70 degrees, it will not cause a problem for the yeast or fermentation, so it will not ruin your beer. We suggest getting the wort below 73 degrees, before adding the yeast.

Question: What if the beer temperature goes below 66F one night or above 73F in one afternoon? will the beer be ruined? Or is that just a guide?

Answer: It’s best to keep the temperature of your fermenting beer as stable as possible. Small fluctuations are normal, and any fluctuation between 65 and 75 degrees is fine. but try to prevent big jumps in temperature.

Question: We waited 7-10 days and our beer according to the bottling compass is not ready. How long do we wait now before we check again? How long could it possibly take? Does it have to do with temperature? The brew has been hovering at 72 F.

Answer: It’s best to move the beer to little bit warmer place for a few days and measure again. If nothing has changed, your beer is ready for bottling.

You want to be sure that your beer is fully fermented. If your bottling code on the Brewferm chart is lower than the reading on the hydrometer, it’s fine. Your beer has fermented a bit further than expected, that is not a problem. If your bottling code on the Brewferm chart is higher than the reading, it is best to keep the lid closed and put the beer in a little bit warmer spot for a few days and then measure again.

Try not to open the fermenter. Remove your bubbler and take a sample via the spigot in a glass, (put your bubbler back) then measure with your bottling compass in the sample. After the reading, throw out the sample (or taste it to check the progress). You might not want to throw away any beer, but this minimizes the risk of infections.

Bottling code 1 equals around 1.012 reading on a typical hydrometer

Bottling code 2 equals around 1.008 reading on a typical hydrometer

Bottling code 3 equals around 1.004 reading on a typical hydrometer

Bottling code 4 equals around 1.000 reading on a typical hydrometer

Cutting the full recipe in half is perfectly possible, just divide the rest of the ingredients by 2.

Save the remaining beer mix in a refrigerator, in an airthgiht container with as little air as possible to preserve the remaining beer mix.

The main difference between kegging and bottling is that the sugar quantity for the 2nd fermentation is a lot less : use only 1/3rd of the recommended bottling sugar:

  • Bottling : use 1 carbonation drop per 12 fl.oz size bottle or 0.93 oz per US Gal of beer
  • Kegging : use 0.31 oz per US Gal of beer

To do so, you'll need to add sugar to the keg for secondary fermentation (instead of force carbonation with CO2). Only add 1/3rd of the normal quantity of bottling/priming sugar.

First make sure the lid is tight ont he bucket, you need to make sure the gasses are not escaping due to an improperly sealed lid. Apart from the bubbling of the airlock you can also check if the fermentation has started by looking into the bucket itself: if some foam has formed, the fermentation has started. Also if you own a hydrometer you can of course check if the density is going down.

Let’s brew some math here :

 

4 grams of Sugar (Sucrose) per liter of beer will produce 1 volume of CO2 in your beer

(source : https://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/17293/how-to-calculate-and-add-the-required-amount-of-inverted-sugar-liquid-during-t)

Our carbonation drops CARBO12 contain 2.33 gram of sucrose and are used for 1 12oz = 354 ml beerbottle.

So for 1 liter that would be 1000 ml / 354 ml = 2.82 drops or 6.58 gram of sucrose.

So this makes 6.58 / 4 = 1.64 volume of CO2 per liter of beer

Best Practices

Question: What is the best practice for using the cleaning agent? Is the oxidizer supposed to dissolve in the water? Does it need to sit on the items that you are washing? Or just use the oxidizer with a sponge and clean all surfaces?You have to use the oxidizer with hot tap water  to dissolve the cleaning agent. It’s best to fill up your bucket with a mixture of oxidizer and hot water and throw your material in the bucket.

Answer: Let it soak for up to 60 minutes depending on how dirty the items are. Usually the dirt will come off on its own, but sometimes a light scrub with a soft sponge might be needed. Cleaner items that you just want to give a hygienic rinse, only need 5 – 10 mins of soaking.

Question: Can I experiment by adding to my recipe mix? 

Answer: Yes, you can be creative with mixing kits by adding hops, flavors and spices. You can add spices by making a sort of tea with hot water and add them to your beer or you can use hops to dry-hop your beer after fermentation.

You can indeed use honey instead of normal household sugar for your homebrew. It will add extra complexity in the flavor profile. We recommend avoiding flavored honeys (like thyme or eucalyptus for example) as these might be too intrusive.

Add 25% more than the household sugar quantity.

We advise you not to boil the craft brew mix, nor the honey. If you still want to boil the honey (we know a lot of Americans want to 😊) do it only very briefly, because you will evaporate a lot of the flavors.

Happy brewing !

Question: How delicate is the process? If you follow the directions will you get beer no matter what? How important is temperature?

Answer: Beer making is a delicate exercise where hygiene is important. Work clean and follow the instructions and you will always get beer. Temperature is important too and can impact flavor both positively and negatively. When you raise the temperature during fermentation you will get a beer with more esters( flavours) that are sometimes good in small amounts and sometimes bad in big amounts. Best is to respect the temperature range in the guide.

Question: After we bottle the beer, does it have to be stored around 60 degrees? What if it is warmer? what if it is colder?

Answer: When your beer is bottled, you have to store the beer at room temperature ( around 73 degrees) for the 2nd fermentation in the bottle. After those 3 weeks you can store the beer in a cooler place.

Don’t store the beer warmer than 77 degrees.  

However, if you store the beer in an area that is too cold in the first 3 weeks the fermentation will take a lot longer, or will not take place at all. If your beer is flat after your 3 – 8 weeks in the bottle, either the second fermentation did not happen or the bottles were not tightly closed.

Storing the brew in a cooler place will help to make a clearer beer at the end of the process. In warmer areas of the US, an old fridge with a temperature controller will do the trick.

Question: Is there a sugar we should be using? Is natural raw sugar better or worse?

Answer: Basic white confectioner’s sugar is fine. Although you can experiment with adding natural (brown) sugar or even partially honey.

Question: What's the difference between the sugar listed in the instructions and the sugar in the carbonation drops?

Answer: With our Brewferm beer-making kits, we add sugar at 2 moments: once during wort preparation and once during bottling. The carbonation drops are for the bottling moment. For the wort preparation, use normal household sugar.

 

Brewferm Buckrider
Yeast

Temp.range

Attenuation

Alcohol tolerance

flocculation

Flavor profile

 

Continental Ale

10-23

high

medium

high

fruity

 

Belgian Monks Ale

15-25

low

high

high

fruity esters

 

Super Saison

20-28

high

high

low

spicy, dry, hay

 

New World Yeast

15-25

medium

medium

medium

neutral, slightly fruity

 

Union Yack

15-25

low

medium

medium

fruity

 

Czech Lager

10-20

medium

high

high

fruity esters

 

Misty Wit

18-25

medium

medium

very low

fenolic, spicy, fruity esters


WHICH YEAST IN WHICH KIT

160.102.0

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Beastly Belge

P050.853.1

Continental Ale

160.105.3

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Dubbel Damme

P050.854.9

Belgian Monks Ale

160.107.9

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Belgian 1774

P050.856.4

Super Saison

160.108.7

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Bighorn Blond

P050.855.6

New World Yeast

160.110.3

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Flemish Fiend

P050.851.5

Union Yack

160.111.1

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Pious Pilsner

P050.852.3

Czech Lager

160.112.9

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Wicked Wheat

P050.857.2

Misty Wit

160.114.5

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Tripel Terror

P050.854.9

Belgian Monks Ale

160.116.0

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Sinister Stout

P050.851.5

Union Yack

160.118.6

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Sacred Saison

P050.856.4

Super Saison

160.103.8

Brewferm Buckriders Craft Brew Mix Divine Deliverance

P050.855.6

New World Yeast

 

Question: Is filtered water as good as bottled water? Will I ruin the beer if I use tap water?

Answer: We suggest using filtered or bottled water because of the absence of chlorine. Unfiltered tap water tends to have a fairly large amount of chlorine in the US. This chlorine is of course a disinfectant and might make it hard for the yeast to survive. Yeast needs minerals and other nutrients to grow healthily, so we don’t recommend using RO (reverse osmosis) water.

Question: The directions say - to taste after 3 weeks, but if we let it mature longer - how long is too long? what is the optimum time frame to drink?

Answer: After 2 to 3 weeks, you need to try to see if the refermentation in the bottle has delivered carbonation. After 3 weeks you should have a good carbonation on your beer, but when you brew strong beers like Tripel or dark beers it’s best to keep them aging in a cool temperature after those 3 weeks and try them after 8 weeks.