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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:44:39 PM »
The only thing I would be concerned about is if you primary is in a plastic bucket.  You may get some oxidation.

6 gallon plastic better bottle carboy

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« on: September 20, 2016, 07:04:38 AM »
It is in a 6 gallon better bottle carboy

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Yeast and Fermentation / 6 weeks in primary too long?
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:51:23 PM »
I have a beer that hit 4 weeks in primary yesterday. Normally I would have kegged it but I ran out of time. I leave tomorrow for a 2 week work trip. Am I risking it leaving it in primary for 6 weeks?

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 1968 coagulating on stir plate
« on: September 18, 2016, 06:59:12 AM »
Is it normal for wyeast 1968 is coagulate on the the stir plate?  I have never seen this before but it's my first time using this yeast.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: My beer cold crashed in the keg
« on: September 11, 2016, 04:59:11 AM »
Leave it, It's normal. 3711 is a bear to drop clear and the first pulls are always cloudy. The yeast will pack down and the beer will clear as the tube will form a little yeast free zone. Don't move the keg often and you won't have issues with yeast again.

Also, why did you put it in a bucket before a keg? Go straight from the fermenter next time.

I did go right from the fermenter. I just had a little over 5 gallons so a little overflow went into a bucket. Should have worded that better.

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Kegging and Bottling / My beer cold crashed in the keg
« on: September 11, 2016, 04:37:53 AM »
I brewed a rye saison and used Wyeast 3711.  After 4 weeks and a packet of super kleer, I thought I was as clear as I could get with this yeast and I kegged it.  It's been in the keg for a week and I pulled a sample yesterday.  The beer is very yeasty. 

I remembered that when I was kegging, I had approximately 12 oz left in the bucket that I had put in a 12oz bottle and stuck in the fridge.  I tried that this morning and it is super clear.

I think the time in the fridge causes most of the yeast to drop out.  I know going forward, I should probably cold crash it but my question is, is there any harm in racking what is in the keg into my bottling bucket to get it off all the yeast in the bottom and then rack it back into the keg.  I imagine the kegged beer is so cloudy because in tube is sitting in the yeast bed that the cold crash caused.  My concern is oxidation and that the beer is at about 80% of what I want to carbonation level.       

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Blow off question
« on: August 27, 2016, 10:47:02 AM »


I have stopped using yeast calculators.  In real life it doesn't make that much difference.  I've found by experience that a 1 qt., 24 hour, SNS starter is sufficient for my beers up to a mid 70s gravity.  That's all I need to know.

Fair enough...maybe I should start doing this.  I feel like I stress too much about pitching rate.  I know this is a real silly question but what do you mean by an SNS starter?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Blow off question
« on: August 27, 2016, 10:09:14 AM »
I'd say absolutely not.  You already way overpitched.  There should still be plenty of yeast left in the beer.

What do you consider an over pitch?  Beer smith estimated I needed 227 billion cells and my starter would have been roughly 265.  I figured that would be okay especially fermenting on the lower side of the temp scale for my strain.

Yeast and Fermentation / Blow off question
« on: August 27, 2016, 09:28:20 AM »
A week ago I brewed an ale-toberfest.  The OG was 1.062.  I pitched a 1 liter starter with 2 packets of wyeast 1007 in it.  I put it in my chest freezer and set the temp to 58.  I set it up with a blow off into a 1 gallon carboy half full of sanitized solution.

Upon my return from a week long work trip today, I see that the fermentation overflowed the 1 gallon carboy and made a nice mess.  In the 1 gallon carboy there was roughly 3/4 inch of a yeast bed.  In the freezer there was quite a bit of yeast as I was wiping up.  I took a gravity reading as well and I'm sitting at 1.030.

I am not too worried about t he gravity right now as it's a little early to tell but my question is I need to add more yeast to account for all the lost yeast in the blow off carboy and bottom of the freezer?

All Grain Brewing / Pumpkin weight in water/grain calculation?
« on: August 22, 2016, 01:19:01 PM »
When I calculate the amount of strike water for a pumpkin ale, do I use the weight of the pumpkin in my calculation?

So if I have a 10 gallon grain bill and 4 pounds of pumpkins do I do (14 * 1.25) or (10*1.25).

Maybe I am thinking about it all wrong.  I think canned pumpkin is something like 90% water, so maybe I should not be including it in my grain weight but rather including it in the volume of strike water. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3711
« on: August 11, 2016, 09:01:23 AM »
Give it some time in the mid-70s. 3711 is a monster but five days is still fairly early to determine if your saison is ready or not.

Absolutely.  I would never expect it to be ready after 5 days.  Just a little nervous about the banana.  Not the flavor I was going for. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 3711
« on: August 11, 2016, 08:53:37 AM »
Does anyone have a lot of experience with this yeast?  I brewed a rye saison and pitched this 5 days ago.  I tried it last night and it taste fine but I am getting a little bit of a banana ester taste.  I know it produces esters but not that taste like banana.

I know it's early and maybe it will go away.  When my house A/C is one it ferments at around 70 degrees.  I went out of town for a few days and my wife turned it off so it's been fluctuating from 70-74.  Could the temperature be the problem?  I know it good at that temp but maybe the changes in temp?   

All Things Food / Cold brew on a large scale
« on: August 02, 2016, 05:44:56 AM »
Does anyone have  any experience making cold brew on a large scale...say 5 gallons?  I think the commercial places around me use home brew kettles to make their batches but I'm not sure how.   

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:09:47 AM »
You could use iso extract to adjust it

But if he has less volume at a lower OG is he not more bitter already?

I suppose you could boil some DME and add the right volume/amount to bring the OG and volume back up, but that seems like a PITA.

Sorry...I should have worded this better.  I am not looking to adjust the IBU's to get to a certain point.  I just want to know what the actual IBU's are now with the changed volume/OG.

I am happy with what it is but I am guessing with coming up short with my OG and volume they are not 49.9 like my program calculated.  Just want to know what the new number would be.

All Grain Brewing / Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:58:07 AM »
Is it necessary to adjust the IBU's on my recipe if I undershoot the OG or fermenter volume?   

As best I can tell the IBU calculation in independent of OG but not volume.

If my original recipe gave me the following....

Batch size: 5.5 gallons
Target OG: 1.063
IBU's: 49.9

But I ended up at.....

Batch size: 5 gallons
Target OG: 1.052
IBU's: ?

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