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The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:59:05 PM »
What do you mean other hobby?  I don't get it.

I have kids and I brew.  Not sure I could find time for anything else

It's all in time management. I am married and have a teenager but these are my hobbies: dirt bikes, Harleys, shooting, cycling, running, swimming, RC helicopters, golf, snow skiing, Wakeboarding, and indoor rockclimbing. O0I

 just don't get to do anyone thing more than a few times a year...:(

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation temp control
« on: September 05, 2013, 09:33:42 PM »
Thanks everyone, I think I will start looking into my options for the dual stage. How does the saying go... Better to have and not need than to need and not have.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation temp control
« on: September 05, 2013, 05:35:10 PM »
I'm still learning my ales :o

Yes, in SD I am thinking I might not heat a heater, does really get below 50 or so in my garage, and that is during our really really cold months 8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Fermentation temp control
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:47:06 PM »
I have a couple of batches under my belt and it is time for me to get a better handle on my fermentation temps.

I live in the San Diego area so it never gets very cold, so the question is, should I get a single stage controller or a dual stage? I have a small freezer that I will be using with the controller, just big enough for a 5 gal bucket and airlock.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermenting during a heat wave
« on: July 19, 2013, 02:18:42 PM »

I truly married an angel. Or maybe it's just I'm that good in the sack.

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Or maybe you just brew really really good beer :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 11, 2013, 04:06:22 AM »
Ha!  Leather is for sissies.

Sorry, what was I thinking!!! Living in CA (with it's mandatory helmet law) must have made me soft...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:39:19 AM »
looks like a great place to ride! I bet you can have full leathers on and not sweat off 20lbs from the heat 8)

Needless to say, very beautiful.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: when to check for bottle bombs
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:37:34 AM »
Joe Sr., yes, this was a stout extract kit and add to that the fact it had some lactose (non-fermentable) sugar in it.

Visually the bottles were perfect. While I did forget to use the bottle brush I did spend a fair amount of time soaking, rinsing, etc.  and when I inspected them after the last rinse, they looked "brand new". I even held the bottles up to a light and didn't see anything. If the oxy-clean or anything else was left inside, it was not visible the naked eye.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: when to check for bottle bombs
« on: June 08, 2013, 06:02:41 PM »
Thanks everyone. Using NB's website, I used enough of the priming sugar for a 2.1 volume. This is my first batch and I am trying to relax, not to worry, have a brew... but here are the things I know I screwed up on (even if I screw up the beer, at least I am learning :D):

I had pretty low attenuation. I wrote it down in my log but if memory serves me right it was around 60%. I think this was due to letting the primary get upwards of 80 degrees. Airlock was very active for the first couple of days then stopped (I know this doesn't indicate much if anything). Activity was so strong that I got krausen up into the airlock (5 gallon batch in a 6.5 pail). Transferred to a secondary after two weeks and after taking two fg readings a couple days apart (they were the same).

Sat in the secondary for 2 weeks. I was careful to not get any trub but later I read it isn't a bad idea to get a little?

The bottles I used were a combo of 12 ounce stone bottles and 22 ounce bottles (used) from a local micro-brewery. The 12 oz bottles were rinse after use, then sat in starsan for a couple of days (to eat off the painted labels). Rinsed in an oxyclean solution and then rinse in clean water with a bottle rinser. Air dried then rinse with a clean solution of star san just before bottling.

The 22 ounce bottles I am a little concerned about. They went throw a similar routine as the smaller bottles (to get the labels off). Soaked in Star-San, soaked in Oxyclean, rinse thoroughly with a bottle rinser and fresh water, and a fresh mixture of star-san just before bottling.

With all of that work, and a desire to bottle after 4 weeks of waiting, I FORGOT TO SCRUB THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTLES WITH A BOTTLE BRUSH :o

General Homebrew Discussion / when to check for bottle bombs
« on: June 08, 2013, 02:39:17 PM »
Okay, I don't want to get into why, but I just bottled my first batch last night and I am a little concerned about bottle bombs. After searching on my own I see some people recommend uncapping and seeing if you get a gusher. My question is one is a good time to do that? 1 day, 3 days, 1 week?

If it makes any difference, it is a NB chocolate mile-stout kit and I used NB's website to calculate the proper amount of priming sugar (by weight) to use based on quantity and temp of my beer.

You really shouldn't worry as long as it was boiling. Extract is boiled during manufacturing so it probably won't have much break or trub.

Never transfer to secondary before fermentation is complete. You'll be removing the beer from the yeast before it is done and it's likely the remaining yeast won't be able to finish the job.

Really, for most beers secondary is a remnant of old homebrewing ideas. More homebrewers now skip it and bottle straight from primary.

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As far as the secondary, I am hearing that so much I am starting to believe it ???

If I have 4 oz of cocao nibs that needs to be added two weeks before bottling, do you still suggest leaving everything in the primary and just add these nibs once I am a couple weeks away from bottling?

wharfloc, not sure what that is but I will start researching it. This kit has some chocolate that gets added during the fermenation and I was going to transfer to a secondary before adding it. Otherwise I think I would leave it in the primary until it was ready to bottle.

Norther Brewers Chocolate Milk Stout Extract kit, OG 1051

Followed the instructions the entire way...

Steeped the specialty grains for about 20 minutes which resulted in a temp of just over 160 degrees. Removed grains and brought everything to a boil. Removed from heat and added the LME and Lactose (chocolate "milk" stout). Back to a boil and almost immediatly added the 60 minute hopps. 30 minutes later added the 30 minute hops.

With about 15 minutes left on the boil I realized I never experienced anything that looked like a hot break. Boil finished and the kettle went straight into an ice bath. Cooled the wort pretty quick. reydrated the dry yeast. Reflecting back, there was quite a bit of foam after bring the water to a boil after the speciality grains, but no "egg drop soup" and no other foam after the LME or hops was added.

Poured the wort into 2 gallons of water, then added a little more water to bring it up to 5 gallons. Mixed it and took a hydro reading which, after adjusting for the temp, read about 1055, maybe 1056. The issue here is I never say any sludge or anything when I mixed the wort. I poured slowly but never saw anything. I left a little in the bottom of the kettle but even when I rinse it out, it was all pretty clean. Yes, there were particals suspended in the wort but nothing that I could purposely leave behind.

I was going to rack to a secondary next weekend but maybe I should do it after a few days?

Not really sure what happened but I am just taking it as a learning experience... I took a couple of pics but not sure how to post them.

okay, okay, I will try to take some photos although all the reading I have done, I don't remember which step that is  ;)

Sunday, I still need to go grab a couple last minute things today and my son has is Spring Formal this afternoon so brewing will be sometime after church tomorrow...

Glad I thought to ask. I will pick up a nylon hop back from my local brew store.

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