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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First Time In Glass Fermenter
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:26:18 PM »
Thanks for the advice.  I will continue to worry about it though because I enjoy it :)

If it were CO2 stirring up, wouldn't it have settled by now?  It's been 6 days since I moved the fermenter, but it's still bubbling slowly (every 60 seconds?).

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First Time In Glass Fermenter
« on: September 15, 2012, 01:48:29 PM »
So OG was 1.067 on 9/3.  On Monday, 9/10, a week after starting, I thought the fermentation might be done, so I took a sample, and measured 1.015.  Seemed like it might be done, so I moved the fermenter to higher ground so I could siphon out of it, and washed bottles to get them ready to go for the next day or two.  The next day, I noticed the airlock with fresh sanitizer in it was quite bubbly again.  Sure enough, it was still bubbling.  Today it's still bubbling.

How much longer can it go if SG was 1.015 5 days ago?  I suppose I'll find out.  I don't see much point in taking another sample until the bubbles stop at least.  I'll take two measurements over 2 days before bottling, but again, I'm just checking to see if this is normal.  It's not normal for me, but I haven't made anything over 1.05 OG before either.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First Time In Glass Fermenter
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:19:35 PM »
Good idea.  Was thinking of setting the fermenter in a cooler with some water, but didn't want to disturb it.  thanks.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / First Time In Glass Fermenter
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:40:03 PM »
On Labor Day I brewed a dark stout.  I played with a partial mash, it was really not much more than steeping grains, but I added some stuff to my distilled water to get used to worrying about water chemistry.  It was kind of silly because I had no pH meter to use, and my grainbill was very small with lots of water, so hopefully I didn't do more harm than good.  It was also my first full boil, I started at 4 gallons and boiled down to 3.  I also had my first boil over shortly after adding the DME (first time not using liquid extract too), but it wasn't too bad as this was also the first time I brewed in the garage with a turkey fryer type setup rather than on the kitchen stove.

All that was fine.  Since I only had 3 gallons, I thought it would be better to use my 5 gallon glass carboy to ferment in instead of the larger plastic bucket.  I got up to about 1.066 when all was said and done, and I tossed in some nottingham WP039 yeast around 9 PM and 70F.  When I came home from work for lunch on Tuesday, I was impressed with the vigorous fermentation - temp up a little to 71.  The airlock was all bubbly and there was a generous layer of trub on top.  Today at lunch, it was much the same story, but it was 75F.  Nice evidence of fermentation, but perhaps a little warm for this yeast.  I have a blanket around the fermentor to keep light out.  Tonight though, the bubbler is rather calm in comparison.  All the trub appears to have dropped out of site, and temp is back down to 72.

I've never seen the fermentation before, is it normal for all the bubbles on top to drop down after just a couple of days?  I suppose gunk gets pushed to the top and when it hits a certain density it just drops down.  I just wanted a sanity check.  This is normal, right?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Kit, fermenting kind of cold
« on: February 16, 2012, 05:27:57 PM »
So I bottled half the batch in dishwasher sanitized bottles and half in oven sanitized bottles.  The dishwasher must have had some residual rinse aid as there were no bubbles when bottling, but the oven bottles had some.  I've tried one of each after they conditioned for a little more than a couple of weeks, and they both seem to produce plenty of head.  Conditioning temperature was likely around 65F which is about as warm as I could do while keeping temperature from fluctuating.  Carbonation seems fine to me.

The beer tastes very hoppy compared to what the SG checks tasted like.  I altered the Brewer's Best instructions with advice from Palmer's How to Brew by adding half of the finishing hops at T-30 minutes instead of toward the end, so I suppose that's why it tastes especially hoppy.  The beer looks red (like a red ale ought to) and relatively clear, but I don't have a good baseline for homebrews yet.

Also, after cleaning, my PE fermenter still smells strongly of hops.  Is that normal or did I do a crappy wash job?  It definitely looks clean.

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Beer Travel / Re: Going to Belgium, France, and Turkey
« on: February 12, 2012, 03:44:51 AM »
Well I'm afraid the trip is almost done and I never had a chance to venture away from restaurants and hotels.  It's been a great trip, but not a beer tasting tour  ;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottles aren't carbonating.
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:40:20 PM »
So larger containers take longer to carbonate?  I bottled a 1/2 gallon grolsch bottle, will it take forever to carbonate?  I put everything else in 12 oz.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Kit, fermenting kind of cold
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:46:11 PM »
Thanks for the guidelines!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Kit, fermenting kind of cold
« on: January 29, 2012, 03:55:08 PM »
Nice link thanks!

I was wanting to shoot a little lower since I've only had a couple of weeks in primary, and I'll be leaving for 10 days 5 days from now.  Although it appears finished, I'm still a bit paranoid.

What is bottle exploding range?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Kit, fermenting kind of cold
« on: January 29, 2012, 03:08:36 PM »
Still at 1.14 today, I'm guessing the 1.16 reading was wrong.  I was planning on bottling the batch later tonight, and I see the kit is supplied with 5 oz of "priming sugar".  I assume this is corn sugar.  5 oz seems like a lot, I was thinking of cutting down to 3.6 or 4 oz.  I will not be here for the 2nd week of conditioning.  Too bad I won't get to sample them along the way.  I was going to put one case of bottles in a cooler, and the other in my laundry sink with plastic over top of it just in case of disaster.

Anyway, is it a bad idea to reduce the amount of priming sugar so much?

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Beer Travel / Re: Going to Belgium, France, and Turkey
« on: January 29, 2012, 02:01:50 PM »
It's February (leaving this Friday afternoon).  Unfortunately, I don't have a plan yet.  Customer visits are still being scheduled, and my Europeon sales buddy will be carting my wife an me around.  If we get free drinking time, and I know ahead of time, I'll try to send some PM's :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Kit, fermenting kind of cold
« on: January 26, 2012, 05:01:59 PM »
Either I took a bad reading the other day or it's still going.  1.014 today @ 59F.  The last time I measured, I starsanned the measurement tube and it was quite frothy at the top and that made it hard to read.  I didn't do that this time since the tube is quite clean and the beer is just going into my dirty mouth.  Might well explain the change in taste  :-[.  More hoppy than before.  I will check again on the weekend.

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Beer Travel / Re: Going to Belgium, France, and Turkey
« on: January 26, 2012, 04:35:52 PM »
Don't think I have time for EVERY brewery  ;)  I may be in Paris in the Monday the 6th to Wedensday the 8th range.

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Beer Travel / Going to Belgium, France, and Turkey
« on: January 25, 2012, 06:34:35 PM »
Sales of the product I make (organic ink for screen printing on glass) is growing a lot in Europe, so my friendly European corporate counterparts are paying my way to visit some customers over there with them.  While I am over there, what should I absolutely not miss - from a beer tasting/brewing perspective?  So far I have stops in Brussels, Paris, and Istanbul.  I haven't ever been to another continent, so I may be preoccupied with other things, but if I had to guess, I will probably spend some time drinking somewhere along the way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Kit, fermenting kind of cold
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:11:39 PM »
It's good to have options!

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