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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Lager kit yeast and temperature question.
« on: November 28, 2010, 08:50:06 PM »
Hey all.. after doing 2 different batches of the ale kit I had, I decided I wanted to try a lager.  I bought a lager kit and just opened it and read my instructions.  They don't get very specific after saying "pitch the yeast".  From what I've read on the forums and various places lagers should be fermented at cooler temperatures.  I even saw a post on the forums where a few people were saying they try to get as close to freezing as possible (around 34 degrees).

My yeast lager pack says:  Saflager S-23
                                        Dry Lager Yeast
                                        Dosage:  11.5g in 20-30 litres at room
                                        temperature, 2 x 11.5g in 20 to 30 litres
                                        at 11-15C (51-59F).

Only one package of yeast came in my kit.  The question is: do I follow my instructions and pitch 1 package and keep at room temperature, or do I try to buy another package of yeast and put it in the fridge?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Conquest Finished!!!
« on: November 09, 2010, 04:04:02 PM »
Don't worry to much. I am sure kegging is easier but I have been bottling since I started brewing about 4 years ago and really don't mind it that much. It takes me a little over an hour to bottle 5 gallons and they are much easier to give away as gifts that way. you can even personalize the bottles with some label paper and a decent printer. plus you can squirrel away some bottles to see how they develop over time.

You make some very good points!  I was too busy wanting what I can't have to realize.  Thanks Morti

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Conquest Finished!!!
« on: November 09, 2010, 03:02:59 PM »
Yea I wish I could keg.  But for now it's not an option :( 

General Homebrew Discussion / First Conquest Finished!!!
« on: November 09, 2010, 12:21:11 AM »
Well after driving 5 hours back to the good 'ole U S of A, I prepared to bottle!  With some help from my dad we managed to get 41 bottles of beer and only a very minor spill.  Thanks everyone for your support and reassurances through out my first batch.  I didn't think to sample any of my product as we were filling bottles but it sure smelled tastey! 

I figure in 3 or 4 days I'll start my 2nd kit, and I have my first hard cider experiment fermenting as we speak.  And some very anxious friends and family waiting to sample lol.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st batch update :D
« on: November 07, 2010, 05:51:43 PM »
I believe today would be day 10.  I don't have my brewing notes here with me but that sounds about right :D  I can't wait to get home and bottle... and propose the kegging and keggerator way of life. :D

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Math check
« on: November 07, 2010, 02:31:04 PM »
ah ha ok.  Thanks for clearing that up for me.  I'm trying to learn everything I can without over-doing it and confusing myself lol.  I have a whole word document of information from these forums I might find useful later on. :P

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Math check
« on: November 06, 2010, 09:26:49 PM »
I need to add 17 extract points to primary fermentation.  I currently have 6 gallons liquid at 1.063

by my math, I need to boil 2.7lbs dme (45ppg) in one quart water.  correct?

(378+X) / 6.25 = 80

142 / 45 = 2.71 lbs dme

This is kind of interesting to me.  Can anyone point me to a link or information on "extract points"?  Or if its easy simple enough for a post explain it there? :D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Step one.......
« on: November 05, 2010, 06:53:08 PM »
lol good luck!  Sounds like you could use a nice homebrew during all that construction and negotiation :P  I've decided I just need to win the lottery so I can build the ultimate homebrew shed/building in the back yard :P

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 06:11:33 PM »

If money is tight, bottle.  The cost of entry for kegging is much higher than for bottling.

Build your kegging system slowly - look for deals on craiglist or ebay for CO2 bottles and regulators.  Check with local gas suppliers on the cost of a deposit on a 5 or 20 lb CO2 tank, and then don't pay more than that for a tank.  If you plan to swap your tanks, don't pay for one that looks nice.  Don't pay for a dual gauge regulator, the high-pressure gauge is more or less useless.  If you can find kegs locally for less than $40, get two or more.  Prices are likely to go up.  Once you have those pieces you can worry about faucets and hose and such.  If you have room, you can probably get a kegging fridge for cheap or free on craigslist, but it will probable suck power so will cost more in the long run.


Your amazing!  I'm just putting all this into a word document and saving it for future reference! :D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 05:17:38 PM »
As far as money/cheapness goes.  After all the major parts are bought in the long run, is kegging or bottling more cost efficient?

After you have everything you need, time is what you're really saving more than money.  I've never run the numbers, my time is worth it.  But . . .

Kegging: CO2, o-rings, and occasional replacement parts.
Bottling: caps, priming sugar, replacement bottles.

I think bottling will be cheaper, especially if you're recycling commercial bottles for homebrew.

Thanks, as of right now I have lots of time and not as much money :P  I guess I'll be bottling for a while.  Kegging is definitely an avenue I want visit in the future.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 03:32:24 PM »
Awesome thanks :)

As far as money/cheapness goes.  After all the major parts are bought in the long run, is kegging or bottling more cost efficient?

Kegging and Bottling / Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 02:58:31 PM »
Hey guys, maybe you have seen me around on the general forums but I have a question about equipment.  I'm still waiting to bottle my first batch of brew (called away on business and it should be ready to bottle).  But anyways the more I read on the various forums online the general consensus seems to be "keg it!".  I plan on using my bottles for the next few batches I make but in the mean time, maybe I can start stocking up on equipment. 

I guess the main challenge/question I have about kegging is CO2.  My "local home brew supply store" is about a 45 min drive north I've only been a couple times now.  I'm wondering where do you guys buy/refill your CO2 canisters, and how much does it cost?

I'm definitely looking forward to this show.  Just recently moving from the "just drink it because its beer phase" and rapidly moving into home brewing and the section I read in "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing 3rd Edition" - Charlie Papazian on the history of beer was very interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / 1st batch update :D
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:35:59 PM »
Hey guys, so the adventure of my first brew is just about ready to be bottled.  Only a slight problem.  I've got to make a trip up to Canada for a few days, meaning I'm going to have to put off bottling until the evening of the 8th or during the day on the 9th.  From what I've read it seems some people say there is no benefit or harm to keeping the beer in the air locked carboy longer than needed.  Just kinda wanted to give you guys an update and share a pic :)

Just another one of the great perks to being a member.  I'm glad I got mine a few days ago! :)

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