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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 / 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.

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?

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 :)

General Homebrew Discussion / my first brew!
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:08:44 PM »
Hey everyone, you may or may not remember my post a week or so ago regarding cooling my wort.  Well I brewed up my very first batch last night and it cooled very quickly.. (about 10 minuets). 
My next question is... my beer/wort (not sure what we call it now) hasn't shown much foaming action in my carboy.  My airlock is bubbling once every 17-18 seconds.  Is this something I should worry about?  It's been about 19 hours since I pitched my yeast.  Oh and the room temperature is right around 70 degrees F.  I included a picture.

General Homebrew Discussion / cooling my wort (new brewer)
« on: October 21, 2010, 12:05:07 AM »
I've decided my love of beer is ready for the next level.  I want to make it myself.  I've bought nearly all the necessary materials to start my first batch, and I have a kit with all the ingredients I need to start off as a first brewer.  In doing some research I noticed I didn't get a wort chiller.  I was wondering if it's possible, after my boil to put ice right into my wort as part of the process of bringing my final volume up to 5 gallons and at the time time helping cool my mixture even more rapidly.  Of course the ice would be pre-boiled and frozen in a santizied container.  Would this way work, or would it mess up my brew?  Along with the ice added i'm going to have a sink full of ice water mixture.

Thanks for your time and help in advance


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