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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 21, 2013, 03:44:13 PM »
It seems all it OK as of now the beer has started to ferment and is off to the races. Thank you all for the input.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
« on: January 21, 2013, 03:43:17 PM »
OK so it must have been a temp thing. The wife just called and it is fermenting away. Thank you for all the input.

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Yeast and Fermentation / 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:31:23 AM »
OK so I brewed the kit from NB for the Iresh Red Ale and pitched the Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast at 70deg F. I have had the ferm vessel at 60 since and I have no fermentaion signs. I have not checked gravity but I have not signs in the airlock and no head what soever on the top of the wort. It looks the same as it did when i poured it in the carboy.
I am going to check gravity this evening to verify. If in fact it has not begun to ferment can I pitch more yeast or anythig else to still fement this batch?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:54:33 PM »
Thanks guys. It was about a half a shots worth of vodka that made it in the beer before I caught it. I will watch it over the next few days for activity.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:48:37 PM »
Ok so I use vodka in my airlock and today when I sealed my new brew to start fermentation some vodka dripped into the carboy. Will this kill the fermentation? Did I just kill my new batch of brew? It has been 2 hours and I have no bubbling in the air lock.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap a Keg system???
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:51:11 PM »
Take a look at this before you give up on thinking about mini kegs: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=61167

They are reusable for awhile and easily replaceable by purchasing decent craft beer (or Warsteiner) in a 5L mini keg.

Building the tap is easy and relatively cheap if you are a DIYer.

I've got about a dozen kegs and I still keep a handful of minikegs around.

EDIT: I noticed they use copper tubing on that link.  I would go with SS if you go this route.  I bought some on eBay, I think.  It was enough to make three or four taps and give some to friends.

Now this looks promising!!! Thank you.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap a Keg system???
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:54:36 AM »
I am talking about long term and multiple uses. I read the reviews and found them to be pretty varied. I will stay with bottling for now until I can afford a real keg system and find the space. I don't want to wast the $70 on something with such a mixed review.

Thank you all for your feedback on this.

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Kegging and Bottling / Tap a Keg system???
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:29:14 PM »
I am sure this has been asked before but I went back to Sept of 2011 and did not see it. I can not afford to keg traditionally nor do I have the fridge space. I am tired of bottling and this system looks like a good deal and a good alternative. Any feedback is appreciated.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Beer Clarity.....
« on: July 01, 2011, 02:28:43 PM »
Thanks for the help guys.

Also no it does not clear as it warms up.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Stiring the wort while it chills???
« on: July 01, 2011, 02:22:06 PM »
OK so to chill the wort before adding it to my water and carboy I have been putting the pot in an ice bath and stiring the wort to cool it quickly. I then add it to the water in the carboy to aerate then pitch.
Question is dos it hurt anything to stir the wort during the cilling process?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Such a thing as over-pitching?
« on: July 01, 2011, 02:15:49 PM »
not tohijack the thread but whats a yeast cake?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Beer Clarity.....
« on: July 01, 2011, 09:29:33 AM »
Ingredients
6.5 #      American Pale Ale Liquid Malt Extract
1 #          Crystal Malt 60L
½ #         Victory Malt
.5 oz       Centennial Hops               9.4 AAU                60 min
.5 oz       Cascade Hops                    6.6 AAU                30 min
1 oz        Cascade Hops                    6.6 AAU                15 min
1 tsp      Irish Moss                                                           5 min
.5 oz       Cascade Hops                    6.6 AAU                0 min
.5 oz       Centennial Hops               9.4 AAU                0 min
US 05 Yeast (Dry Yeast)   10   Gm

Cooled to 75deg then moved to Carboy and pitched the yeast. Left in fermentor for 2 weeks at 60 degrees. The one thing I notice was the debris never fell through the beer. I am not sure what the shell is called that forms on the top but when I bottled the beer that debris was still on top of the beer in the carboy.
I used corn suger to prime for bottling(will use dry malt extract next time). Beer tastes good but just not clear.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Beer Clarity.....
« on: July 01, 2011, 08:32:31 AM »
I have brewed 2 batches of an APA and both batches have finished still cloudy. I even used a secondary fermentor on the first batch. I am not sure what I am doing wrong if anything.
There was no sedment in the bottle ofter 2 weeks of conditioning but the beer still pours cloudy. Any information would be helpful.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Thanks to these boards....
« on: May 26, 2011, 06:32:24 PM »
So after listening to everyone here on many topics and questions. I just tested and tasted my current brew after 2 weeks and it was great. This is my second batch to brew and the beer tasted great when I tested the gravity. I am now sitting at 1.01 at 60 degree fermentation after 2 weeks.
So a big thank you to all who have replied with advice to all my previous posts and questions it all worked out great.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dogfish Head Squall 90 minute IPA
« on: May 19, 2011, 07:28:38 PM »
I envy that you guys have had the chance to try Squall.

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