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General Homebrew Discussion / C02 line routing Question
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:50:38 PM »
What do you guys/girls do to run your C02 line for your kegs for your frig?  Question is I have my kegs in a normal hous frig and when I carb. I need to have the C02 tank in the frig with it (because the door will not shut). What I have noticed is at room temp the tank guage reads 800psi but it the frig it reads 600psi. Is this normal meaning can I keep bottle in frig and keep in mind at room temp my bottle has more then it shows or is it not good at all to have it in there? I have seen pictures were people have and do not have in their freezer/Frig.

Thanks Again

General Homebrew Discussion / conditioning beer in keg
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:00:14 PM »
I forced carbanated my last batch and it came out great. But what I did being that I am working on frig for my kegs is I pressured up keg to 10psi disconnected all lines and was going to let it condiction for a week or so. Is this OK or will it mess something up? Should I release the pressure and let it just sit?


General Homebrew Discussion / how do you make a yeast starter?
« on: February 13, 2011, 02:53:43 AM »
I have looked and not had any luck.  How do you make a yeast starter? Is it done with dry yeast or liquid yeast? Also go you harvest yeast? This is another thing I have know idea about but would like to.

Once again

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how to get higher ABV brews
« on: February 07, 2011, 12:57:28 AM »
You have a couple of options.  First you can simply buy more dry malt extract (DME) or liquid malt extract (LME) and add it to your kettle during the boil.  This should result in a higher ABV beer with more body, as well.  Your other option is to add table sugar, which will give you higher ABV but will also make for a thinner beer.  In both cases you are simply adding fermentables (gravity points) to your wort which the yeast will then eat and convert to alcohol.  Similarly, you can add honey, molasses, brown sugar, dammera sugar, and in all cases you'll be increasing your wort's gravity and the finished beer's ABV.  If you get a chance, pick up Radical Brewing by Mosher.  He has a nice section on sugars used to increase ABV. 

would'nt the sugar cause the beer to be more sweet?  Or as long as I did not add to much it should be ok?

General Homebrew Discussion / how to get higher ABV brews
« on: February 06, 2011, 11:45:48 PM »
I had a question concerning High ABV for my extract brews.  How do you acheive this? Is it the yeast you use? I use the dry yeast that comes with the kit. Should I up to a liquid yeast?


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / A question on slowed fermentation
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:24:56 PM »
Well I brewed a kit from midwest, extract with specialty grains yesterday and I had great success with the begenning stages of fermentation this morning and it has seamed to slow. Cand I gently rock my fermenter to say have the yeast get suspended again? Or will this hurt it. Also does extract brewing tend to ferment quicker?


General Homebrew Discussion / Just bottled first batch
« on: January 28, 2011, 10:17:32 PM »
Well as stated, I just bottled my first brew I had a O.G. of 1.050 and a F.G. of 1.010 which should give me a 5.89 ABV. I will say this bottling is a pain in the butt. I am thinking about kegging and my question is do you still have to add the sugar water just before you keg or no being that you are going to force carbonate?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew comments liked
« on: January 24, 2011, 01:08:42 AM »

 You do know the "secondary" is not really necessary, don't you?

 For these type of beers you can just leave it in the "primary" until its finished without any effects. Saves you some time and trouble and lowers the risk of extra handling.

I did not know that but had a feeling about it. The men at the LHB shop let me know that transfering it to a secondary help have a cleaner beer (no floaters in it).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew comments liked
« on: January 24, 2011, 01:03:50 AM »
Did you use sugar in the recipe? Anyway let it sit in primary for a couple days since it's in there already. A week is fine. Bottle it up and a week or two later it should be ready to drink.

I did not i used a brew enhancer and will save the corn sugar for bottling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew comments liked
« on: January 23, 2011, 04:59:55 AM »
it is a extract brew by coopers called canadian blonde.Will it hurt for it to stay in secondary for another week?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew comments liked added info.
« on: January 23, 2011, 03:40:16 AM »
Well I moved to secondary today after six days in primary. Weird smells daughter did not like. Well before I pitched yeast on day one my hydrometer reading was 1.050 and today it is 1.010. Does this sound right? beer looks good and will let sit in secondary for another week or till my readings are the same for three consecutive days then bottle.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: no signs of bubbling
« on: January 21, 2011, 03:17:09 AM »
would it be ok to open and check gravity say friday that will be 5 days?

General Homebrew Discussion / no signs of bubbling
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:42:19 AM »
Well another question I brewed my first extract coopers canadian blonde on sunday four days ago and as of today I have very little bubbling from the air lock (very little) I have not checked my gravity or even opened top. The question is is it time to bottle or sopld I check gravity and put in secendary fermenter hold for another week and bottle?

Thank you

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: three tier systems how do they work
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:27:33 AM »
well thank you for that. By the time I finish building I should be ready for full grain.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: three tier systems how do they work
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:55:55 PM »
so from what I can see this is more for the all grain brewers. I have just started and have only done extract brewing.

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