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General Homebrew Discussion / bad batch
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:46:54 PM »
I've all-grain brewed for nearly 20 yrs., largely with success, but not always.   Last batch didn't carbonate and has obvious off taste.  There's no bacteria/infection line (nothing floating) where beer and bottle top meet.  Could I get some opinions, please, about possible screw-ups I might have made to cause this.  I use a lot of grain, so gravity is pretty high; I used three vials of White Labs yeast for about 12 gallons; I did let it sit on primary funk for 4 weeks before racking (this is my greatest concern); I question use of old bottling sugar, but I usu. boil it for 5 minutes.  I use 5 Star cleaning and sanitizing stuff and I'm pretty anal about clean/sanitize processes; hydrometer rdg. indicated good activity OG 1.65 and FG 1.10; I used only my own hops from garden and did not dry hop, all were part of the boil; mash was 90 min. at 152 degrees; boil was 90 min. plus.  Trying to isolate the off taste as anything remotely meaningful is nothing I'm good at (i.e., butterscotch, bandaid, fruitiness, horse piss, etc.).  I'm ready to dump 120 bottles.  Maybe someone sees a flagrant error in this process that has worked for most of the previous MANY batches.   Thanks for your attention to this verbosity..... Bill

General Homebrew Discussion / cappers
« on: December 07, 2011, 03:57:52 PM »
   I've used the Emily capper for a dozen years and want a backup that's more stable, not that I've had problems with the Emily.  Are the Agate and related bench cappers as shoddy as I've read in reviews?  Thanks, Bill

Classifieds / for sale carboys
« on: May 02, 2011, 01:09:49 AM »
3  6 1/2     gallon glass carboys with thermo. strips, handles and caps.  Very good condition. $ 40. ea.  sold

1  5 gallon glass carboy with cap and thermo. strip.  $25.  sold

1  Italian Brevo wine corker, rarely used.  $20

1  homemade mashtun with pvc tubing, good for 5 gallon batch.  $10  sold

I live in the Denver (Thornton) area.  I won't ship, but if you live near Denver and need......
   thanks, Bill

Classifieds / WANTED ss conical 14.5 gal.
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:43:14 PM »
Looking for stainless steel (Blichmann) 14.5 gallon conical fermenator (w/ leg extensions).  Denver

Equipment and Software / or plastic?
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:16:04 PM »
Broke my first glass carboy in over 10 years of brewing, fell into the glass and did my ER penance.  I need one or two more reasons to pop for the ss conical over the plastic.  I'd appreciate your opinions.  Bill

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