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All Grain Brewing / Splitting Wort and Hops
« on: March 13, 2010, 03:36:41 AM »
I brewed my first all-grain batch a couple days ago and due to almost 7 gallons of wort resulting from the mash/lauter tun, I had to split it up between two pots and boil separately.  My question is, does the original gravity of the wort have to be the same in each pot during the boil?  Also, does splitting up the hops evenly have any effect as well?  I poured both pots together into the primary and seems to be fermenting well.  I hope the outcome doesn't give a different result using this technique.

Yeast and Fermentation / High Gravity Lagers and Secondary Fermentation...
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:34:17 AM »
For high gravity lagers, do they typically take longer to age in secondary fermenters than high gravity ales would?  I'm talking if a lager has the same terminal gravity and alcohol content as an ale at the end of primary fermentation and is ready to be racked into a secondary fermenter to sit for a while.

Also, I made a mistake of storing a 5 gallon batch of a high gravity ale in a plastic carboy (secondary fermenter) to let it sit for 6 months.  I understand there can be some exposure to oxygen over time, but would it hurt to transfer it over to a glass carboy after it's been sitting in the plastic carboy for a little over 2 months?  I don't want to spoil the beer by doing it.  Rather be safe than sorry.

Yeast and Fermentation / Small batches in Primary Fermenter...
« on: February 06, 2010, 03:39:03 PM »

I just joined the AHA a couple days ago and have been brewing 5 gallons batches for some time now.  A few friends of mine and I are planning to get together to make a couple 2.5 gallon portions, but my primary concern is will I run into any issues if I ferment 2.5 gallons of wort in a 6 gallon fermenter?  Would it be exposed to more oxygen over time?  Also, does the fermentation process end sooner for a 2.5 gallon batch than a 5 gallon batch would?  ???  Never did this before, so any help / advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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