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Yeast and Fermentation / Is this yeast still okay to use?
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:42:37 PM »
I saw a recipe on the AHA website for Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest. After purchasing the ingredients from my LHBS, I noticed that the Wyeast 2633 Oktoberfest Lager has a date of September 8, 2016. Will I be able to use this if I worked up a 1L starter?


Yeast and Fermentation / How do I calculate attenuation?
« on: March 27, 2017, 02:54:36 AM »
I apologize if this has been asked before, or if this is a 'stupid' question, but how does one figure attenuation of yeast? 

Safale 04 has Min Attenuation 72% and a Max Attenuation 75%
If the SG is 1.066, how do I figure FG? I know the answer is right in front of me but I just cannot grasp it.

Equipment and Software / HopBlocker and whirlpooling
« on: February 26, 2017, 01:59:27 AM »
Just purchased a Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 (10 gallon) and a HopBlocker. Doing full boil with extract kits (moving a step closer to AG).

I have found it to be very difficult to whirlpool with the HopBlocker in place. I've tried using a mix-stir attached to a drill and even attempted to stir with a paddle but didn't get a good whirlpool.
I also noticed that my immersion chiller won't fit with the hopblocker installed, when I lifted out the chiller, the outer sleeve of the hopblocker raised up all the way.

Any suggestions? 

I'm contemplating on purchasing a Blichmann G2 kettle and there are two options. 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve.  Which would be the better option and why?

Kegging and Bottling / Oxidation during kegging?
« on: December 04, 2016, 05:09:03 PM »
I kegged today (3rd time overall). After auto-siphoning about 1/2 gallon into the keg, I realized that I have forgotten to place some co2 at the bottom of the keg, so I removed the auto-siphon and pumped co2 into the keg, that's when I heard liquid moving. I then put the auto-siphon back on and heard bubbling from the keg, I am under the impression that this was oxygen.  Is the beer ruined? After the keg was filled, I purged it a few times with co2 and then set it in the kegerator for carbonation.

I have also noticed that some trub ran up the auto-siphon, is this going to be a problem?  I intended on bottling this batch with a beer gun and passing it out for Christmas gifts.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Too much water?
« on: November 06, 2016, 07:31:52 PM »
I attempted to make a Brewers Best American Pale Ale extract kit, OG was to be between 1.051-1.055 but it ended up as 1.039, after looking into why this was off so much, I see that I topped the water off to the top notch of the 6.5 gallon big mouth bubbler, indicating that this might be 6 gallons of brew and not 5.

 The estimated FG was to be 5.0-5.5, but it looks like it's going to be around 3.8%, this brings several questions...

Is there anything that can be done to correct this?
Will there be enough head space to ferment? It looks like there should be.
What's the worst case/best case scenario?

Kegging and Bottling / Ball lock liquid out and gas in fittings won't attach
« on: September 05, 2016, 08:00:56 PM »
I bought a used 5 Gallon Low Profile Keg from and wanted to change the poppets that came with the keg.They had three prongs and were lodged in the fittings. I had to get a phillips screwdriver and hammer to get them out. I went to the LHBS with the fittings and bought 2 new 'generic' poppets, they are approx. 3/4" in length. I also replaced the original o-rings with the ones that sent. Now I can't get the fittings to screw onto the keg. After removing the o-rings, the fittings will go on the keg but there is a gap (where the poppet should be flush with the top of the fitting). I'm at wits end, what can be wrong?

Yeast and Fermentation / Ramping up fermentation temp
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:53:55 PM »
I've read that when fermentation is complete, that it's wise to ramp up the temperature so that the yeast can finish up.  Do you stay within the ideal fermentation temperature that is suggested on the yeast pack or do you go past that?  I'm fermenting an AIH Polish Ale and it says to ferment cool for a lager like finish. The yeast strain is a WL029 Kolsch, where the ideal temps are 65F to 69F

OG was at 1.051 and after 1 week, the gravity is reading at 1.014, this has been fermenting at 65F. When do I increase the temp? What max temp would I go to and for how long?

Yeast and Fermentation / Bubbles/foam in secondary
« on: October 03, 2015, 11:47:59 PM »
I'm attempting a NB Bourbon Barrell Porter extract. OG was 1.063 and was in primary for 19 days. Gravity was at 1.027 at this point. I transferred to a secondary with a week old bourbon soaked oak cubes. At first, the secondary looked normal and then a couple of days later, bubbles started to appear. This has been in the secondary for 28 days now and the bubbles on top have not diminished and there's been activity in the airlock every 20 seconds or so. I have this in a 67 degree fermentation chamber. Is there anything to be concerned about?  See pictures...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cleaning equipment after and before?
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:21:07 AM »
After my first batch, in every stage of brewing (wort, ferment, bottle), I have cleaned all equipment with PBW and rinsed well. Forgive me if this sounds like an idiotic question but.... I gotta ask!

Do I clean the equipment again just before use, somewhat of a secondary cleaning or was the initial cleaning that I did after brew day/bottle day sufficient?


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Newbie question - krausen
« on: April 18, 2015, 12:42:43 PM »
Brewing my first batch, a NB Irish Red. Brew day was 6 days ago, pitched Safale US-05. Temps have been around 68 degrees. Healthy fermentation started the next morning. This is a 2 stage kit, I know that that the airlock is not how you tell if primary is completely done. There's still a thin amount of krausen on the top and the airlock does bubble about once a minute.

Should I wait to take the hydrometer reading or take it now? OG 1.042
Beer Smith software recommends 4 days in primary (seems too early to me) and 10 days in secondary.

Here is the pic:

Your thoughts?

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