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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:12:20 PM »
Transferred into the secondary after 5 days.  The fermentation activity had significantly dropped off it seemed but that may have been due to the low temps now that i think of it.  Anyhow I've given it a good stir in the secondary and got it warmed up and there appears to be signs of some fermentation activity again, albeit slow.  Gonna just watch it for now and see what happens.  Lessons learned I guess.  Does anyone have good recs on a thermometer for the primary carboy?  I'm a little untrusting of the fermometer as it seems to lack accuracy

Equipment and Software / Counterflow chiller
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:04:40 PM »
Looking to build a counterflow chiller.  I like the idea of a cylinder model with PVC piping as the cylinder and copper tubing inside.  Does anyone have any basic blueprints for an easy to build model or other recommendations.  Looking forward to a fun project.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:41:39 PM »
Initial gravity was 1.071 and dropped to about 1.036.  Any use in adding fresh yeast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:37:14 PM »
Thanks- we'll see where it goes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:36:04 PM »
The oxygenation should have been fine as I agitated the carboy quite a bit prior to pitching.  Unclear what you mean by pitch rate- I threw in 11.5 grams of dry yeast that was primed in 1 cup H2O at around 100 degrees before adding to carboy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:31:01 PM »
Fermentis Safale S-04 dry ale yeast.  The temp got a little cooler than I wanted- down in the low 60s.  I am at the mercy of the weather to some extent as the basement in the house gets a bit cooler than the rest of the house.  It also seems that fermentation may be stalled because the SG dropped a bit but nowhere near the predicted final SG- currently there is no visible sign of fermentation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:12:25 PM »
I brewed up a first attempt at a holiday winter ale and after a few days primary fermentation I made the switch to the secondary fermenter and out of curiosity gave the stuff a taste and there is a fairly distinct banana aroma and taste.  Not exactly what I was shooting for.  The only complication I can recall is during the first day of fermentation, the primary carboy overflowed a bit over the airlock with foam (unexpected 1st in my 6.5G carboy which normally handles 5 G fine without need for a blowout hose).  Can I expect the banana flavors to persist?  Is it worth even continuing to ferment and bottle or just bag it already down the drain?  Help for the newbie is appreciated.

Equipment and Software / Spigot
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:22:27 AM »
I was looking to install a spigot on my aluminum brew pot.  Does anyone have any recommendations on the best place to acquire necessary materials, specifically the actual spigot?  Thanks.

Ingredients / Re: Vanilla Beans
« on: December 02, 2010, 11:40:05 AM »
Thanks. The vanilla beans are indian vanilla beans (what my local grocery had on hand) and smell great.  Not sure what the final flavor will be but I guess we'll see

Ingredients / Vanilla Beans
« on: December 02, 2010, 11:34:00 AM »
I have a winter ale recipe calling for vanilla bean extract (I actually have beans on hand and thought I would give them a try).  Does anyone have any recs on how much to use and should they be added to the boil or the secondary fermenter.  I do not want too much of an overpowering vanilla flavor.  Thanks

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