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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water profile for Pumpkin Ale
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:47:38 PM »
I'm thinking Amber Malty. Your thoughts....

I'm doing an Oktoberfest style ale base for mine.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 06, 2013, 07:01:16 PM »
  next batch for sure I will give this all a try
 Thanks

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:57:09 AM »
get in the habit of not pitching your yeast until it is in the low 60's and keep the fermenting beer temp, which will be 4-6+ degrees warmer than ambient, in the mid 60's. You don't really want the temp to go much higher than 70-72 during the first couple days save for a few strains.
I  can get the wort cooler,  but 75° is actually as low as I can get the ambient temp. With the water bucket and t- shirt,  and no fan, the thermostat on the carboy gets to about 70-72°.  Aside from rotating ice every hour or so,  which I work from 8:30-5,  is there anything else I can do?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 05, 2013, 08:43:07 PM »
 Thanks all  I'll see how it turns out
Cheers

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:48:31 PM »

I can't say if you should pitch more yeast because I don't know what the gravity is right now. I would guess the answer is no but you will have to measure the beer and see.

 gravity right now from 1.078 on 8/3,  is 1.020 today 8/5

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 05, 2013, 04:03:09 PM »
ok I'll  check  it when I get home  just needed to be sure that  it'd be ok sitting in primary for a  month or so, I  have heard that it's  not great to leave it in primary for more than a week or so.  my next one is a pumpkin ale

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:36:47 PM »
 by floatys I  mean a layer of cloudy material from the grains, clean then a layer in middle then clean and another at the bottom  before I even pitched. my original plan was primary 1 wk, secondary 3 wk,  bottle conditioning 2-3 wk.  should I pitch more yeast,  then after another week or two secondary?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: vigorous fermentation
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:42:55 AM »
 the strain was us-04  European ale 11.5 oz package,  not sure on age  and when I put the carboy in water  the temp only want down a couple degrees.  it is still bubbling though just astronomically slower,.  can I still dilute and repitch  when I rack to secondary?

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Yeast and Fermentation / vigorous fermentation
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:42:56 AM »
I started an Oktoberfest style ale, og 1.078, higher than I expected, and used an English ale yeast, which had higher temp tolerance.  I brewed on Saturday night pitched yeast at 70°-75°.  Sunday had an incredibly vigorous fermentation, and Monday morning has already slowed and the foam head was all but gone.  there was more than enough sugars and proteins, there was 2 layers of floatys. Is something wrong? ( pout it in water and covered with a shirt Monday morning)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling idea - thoughts and suggestions
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:25:36 PM »
I personally don't have any chiller at all right now, I make my wort 3.5 gal, do an ice bath in the sink and, pre boil, toss a gallon and a half of purified water into the freezer, after the ice bath I'll  put the half gallon in, which brings it to roughly 100°f,  transfer to primary,  then put the last nearly frozen gallon in and that brings it to 70° or lower

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cider
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:11:32 PM »
 Thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cider
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:04:41 PM »
got it, does that go the same for a fruit flavored beer? like an apple ale, instead of a cider?

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General Homebrew Discussion / cider
« on: August 04, 2013, 12:28:52 PM »
 had anyone tried deseeding and quartering Apple's then putting them in a 5 gal boil adding with any of the other spices.  then mashed and strained post boil,  in place of juicing or pressing?

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