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Yeast and Fermentation / thx so much !
« on: April 17, 2010, 02:27:54 AM »
Thank you friends for the advice! I am amazed how fast I got your responses that will help me learning the trade of brewing. I love to drink beer, love to brew beer, love to talk beer. Beerilicous. It is also amazing to see some pimped up brewing systems while I am just starting out with a simple 35 quart brew kettle and 2 carboys. keep on brewing...

Yeast and Fermentation / when to rack to secondary fermenter?
« on: April 16, 2010, 12:31:17 AM »
Hey thirsty friends!
I am on my 4th batch and need some advice. I brewed a dark Hefeweizen and the OG turned out to be 1.070. The yeast kicked in after 36 hours ( I will do a starter next time ) and was pretty violent that it blew the airlock off and made a huge mess. It felt actually right and fun to have experienced that  ;D . Beginners mistakes are there to learn. and I switched to a blow off hose. So my question is: how do I know when to rack it into the secondary fermenter. What gravity reading should I strive for before racking. what is my aspired final gravity?. How long should it be in the secondary before bottling? How long should it be in the bottle before it is "best"? Thank you for your help!

If it helps, I used following ingredients:

1 pound Belgian Plisen Malt
1 pound American Wheat Malt
4 pounds Liquid malt extract
4.00 pounds dry malt extract

1oz Cascade
 WYEAST 3068 Weihenstephan

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