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Yeast and Fermentation / yeast is dead, beer is brewing, what to do?
« on: April 01, 2010, 08:47:14 PM »
I'm using a liquid bavarian lager yeast that appears to have died. It's in a smackpack and has been sitting out for a couple of hours in the recommended temp, but the pack's not swelling. I though it was, so I started brewing...now it seems I'm stuck with 5 gallons of wort. Can the wort wait a day or two in the primary until I can get some new yeast?

Your wisdom is much appreciated...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Advice for a beginner: Yeasty, metalic taste
« on: February 12, 2010, 01:34:49 PM »
Hi all.

I'm a new homebrewer, working with ingredient kits from a reputable brew shop (The Beverage People in Santa Rosa, CA), but so far both of my first two batches have an off taste.

The first batch was an American lager, which I thought was perhaps skunked because I didn't thoroughly enough clean my new equipment. Since it was my first batch, I figured it wasn't surprisingly that I might do something wrong.

I'm just transferring the second batch, a Belgian Strong Ale, from the primary fermenter to the secondary fermenter. I tasted it and, is seems to already have a similarly off taste -- something along the lines of an overly-yeasty, slightly metallic taste. Because I followed the recipe exactly, cleaned the equipment meticulously and worked with pre-measured ingredients, I just can't figure out what I could be doing wrong. It's possible that after the 2nd fermenter and bottling, it will taste alright.

I'm working with Papazian's book, but troubleshooting's difficult. I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts about what might be happening here.

Thanks so much in advance.
Freda


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Equipment and Software / Starter Equipment - Seven Bridges Cooperative Kit
« on: November 28, 2009, 08:37:17 PM »
Hi All,

I'm curious if anyone has had experience with the Seven Bridges Cooperative starter kit.

http://www.breworganic.com/singlestagebreweryglasswithorganicbeerkit.aspx

It strikes me as more complete, and perhaps better quality, than some of the others I've seen online -- but the Amazon reviews are mixed.

Thanks so much for any help or feedback.

FM

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