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General Homebrew Discussion / Krausen Lid?
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:29:47 PM »
In my latest batch my OG was 1.068 with a target FG of about 1.015, pitching WLP001 (california ale) from a pretty decent starter. After a week of primary fermentation I was going to rack to a secondary and popped the lid on my plastic bucket to find the yeast still in high krausen!! I had carefully watched my air lid and it hadn't been moving any air in a couple days so I grabbed my hydrometer, the gravity was 1.030. This is where it gets weird for moving some of the krausen to get a gravity reading I had made a hole in the krausen. Immediately I noticed lots of CO2 bubbles coming up thru the hole in the krausen so I put the lid back on it and the air lock is once again going like crazy.

So...was the krausen somehow holding the remaining CO2 in the beer? Did all the hops somehow make a super thick krausen that didn't allow other CO2 thru? I'll continue to take reading throughout the week and see if the air lock slows down any...but I've never had a krausen so thick that was apparently blocking the release of CO2. Any thoughts? Is this common and I've just never noticed it? Thanks!


**Note: I don't normally make high IBU beers so if this is common plus let me know!**

General Homebrew Discussion / Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:56:38 PM »
I've heard of this happening, but didn't believe it happened. We moved into an apartment in the new city we're in until we find a permanent place, on with an open basement for a brewery/bar of course. While brewing my Irish Red I had a knock at the door...the cops had been called because a neighbor "smelled a funny odor"...this just happened to be after my first hop addition. After 30 minutes of showing them the boil, the cleaned out mash tun, the hops and swearing upon a stack of brewing books I wasn't smoking pot they left...I'm making an IPA next weekend just to see if they'll call the cops again! Had I been arrested this would have been not so funny...but since I'm off the hook and have my beer almost finished this is awesome!!!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: October 30, 2011, 06:28:22 AM »
My wife and I were going thru our list of what we're getting everybody for Christmas list when we finally landed on ourselves. I could always use a new shirt for work, and maybe a sweater...but what I really want from Santa is a chest freezer or maybe some classes at the community school on welding!

What's on your Christmas list for Santa to bring to you?


General Homebrew Discussion / Holy Annoyance!
« on: October 09, 2011, 07:51:12 PM »
I made a cherry ale based on Charlie's Cherries in the Snow recipe this Saturday. I made a healthy starter and was very pleased when the yeast was bubbling away with about 30 minutes of pitching. Just in case it was a little active I set up a blow out tube and used my largest ale bucket to give it extra space to ferment.

I woke up this morning to a funny sound in the kitchen about 5 AM, grabbing my knife I headed out for the fight of my life only to find the weird noise were my blow out tube about to...well blow out of the bucket. From 5 AM this morning until just now I've scooped Krausen out of the bucket every 30 minutes because it was so full it would clog even the blow out tube. This better be a good beer!


General Homebrew Discussion / Let's make this into a competition!
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:08:43 AM »
I brewed the cheer beer Sunday morning than ran to our friends house with the wife to babysit their two girls for the evening (the saying no good deed goes unpunished came to mind).  We come back around midnight to find that in the course of about 12 hours the yeast has blown the air lock out, sprayed beer in a relatively amazing pattern, and overflowed all over the carpet.  More than a little aggravated we cleaned what we thoughts was everything up until on my drive home last night I was thinking "what happened to the airlock?!" 

I found it!  In my loft, 12 feet up!  To my amazement I looked up at the 18 foot vaulted and found a little spot on the white ceiling where the airlock had hit the ceiling and left a mess...which I then promptly cleaned up.  It's possible the airlock didn't actually hit the ceiling but beyond a doubt some beer did.

So in trying to make lemonade out of lemons, lets see you beat that!  I shot beer/the airlock 18 feet into air with yeast pitched only 12 hours earlier!!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing Lessons of Life
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:55:55 AM »
So I'm just starting the boil on my cheer beer and I'm for some reason in a deep thought mood.  Since my wife is at best faking interest in the details of homebrewing I'm turning to my friends on the AHA forum who hopefully understand!  So here they are in no order:

-More isn't always last cheer beer had just about every spice in the cabinet and every grain you could buy.  A year later I've learned simple is often better and more flavorful.

-No one brewing session has, or ever will, go to plan.  I will at some point burn myself, forget the sparge water, have a boil over, forget to put my manifold into the cooler until after I've added the scalding hot water, etc

-Drinking the perfect homebrew for that moment means I had better plan 3-6 months out, because a lager just can't be made in an afternoon

-I love my friends but not their beer selections...we just had a backyard brew off and to my amazement the beers that won were something close to the macro lagers and not anything worth actually trying...this may make me a beer snob but at the end of the day there's just too many good beers out there to try

-Homebrewing has made me something of a local celebrity, but it also means people expect me to provide ALL the beer at a party/wedding/BBQ.  Reference the thought above about my friends taste, plus beer for everybody I know gets expensive and I'm to the point of not having many "friends" anymore (close circle of friends would be ideal)

-I love homebrewing and dream of the day when I own my own bar with microbrewery...but that may just be a dream.  At that might just be ok because I have a lot of fun brewing...why ruin a good thing? 

Anyway this is just a random thought process that needed to get out and be heard by somebody somewhere.  Thanks all!

General Homebrew Discussion / So frustrated
« on: June 03, 2011, 11:16:27 AM »
That high pitched muffled scream you just heard states away was me in frustration with my kegging system!  Despite reading the various posts about kegging I just can't get this right!  I replaced the O-Rings, checked for leaks, and carefully filled my keg with beer.  Here I am 5 days later with flat beer, a once full but now bone dry CO2 tank, and nothing but frustration.  Since the wife doesn't seem to understand the frustration I'm venting to you all.  Thanks for having a sympathetic ear. 

We're hoping that a little polling will help settle a debate at my LHBS about drinking while brewing.  Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew allowance?
« on: March 26, 2011, 09:54:01 AM »
I was reading another post in this category that stated the average homebrewer/winemaker spends $100 a year on their hobby.  This got me thinking about my $100 a month allowance on homebrewing...I don't even think this was enough!  Am I just crazy for thinking my allowance is low?!

General Homebrew Discussion / Best way to prime your bottles
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:20:31 AM »
I've noticed with my bottles that the carbonation is inconsistent within the same batch, some are almost flat and others are geysers!  I take my corn sugar, heat it slightly in some water and then mix it in with into the beer in the bottling bucket.  Despite some gentle, but thorough, stirring I can't seem to get the consistent carbonation.  I had some advise to just simply throw the sugar into the bucket and begin stirring, but would that really mix in more effectively than dissolving the sugar in some water first?

General Homebrew Discussion / And the "Learning" continues....
« on: November 14, 2010, 03:03:18 PM »
So I was starting my sparging with the first running of my imperial stout I'm currently making when I realize that my run-off is really grainy and slow.  Wondering what's going on I start tinkering, while tinkering I happen to glance at the counter to find my neatly put together manifold sitting on the counter and not in my cooler...If you're one of my neighbors and is wondering what that loud thump was followed by swear words it was me smacking my head against the wall in frustration.  Luckily I was able to overcome it...I think. 

And in case your keeping track I've also done this with: my smack pack being left on the counter for 2 days and wondering why there's no fermentation, leaving the spout on "open" and wondering where the beer on the floor is coming from, and my favorite...leaving my priming sugar on the counter and days later wondering why the newly bottled beer is flat...

Yes, the learning by making bone headed mistakes is continuing...

Seems like everybody that posts is doing something with 2-3 batches (bottling, racking, brewing, etc) at any given time on our weekends.  Out of curiosity, what's your personal record for brewing or moving in a weekend?

Kegging and Bottling / What am I doing wrong?!
« on: October 23, 2010, 09:38:39 AM »
I just got into kegging and at first thought it was the best idea ever!  I checked all my kegs for leaks like I was supposed to, was gifted a brand new regulator, tubing, and a CO2 canister (a small one but still).  Got everything hooked up and running like it was supposed to be and dispensing perfectly.  A couple of weeks later with the same beer, about half gone, my CO2 canister is completely empty and the beer is barely being pushed out.  It's still under some pressure because it is being slightly pushed...and when I pull the relief valve there's an escape of gas, but how am I completely out of CO2 already?  Am I doing something wrong?!

General Homebrew Discussion / Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 15, 2010, 06:53:19 AM »
Almost everybody who homebrews will eventually start naming their beers.  My wife and I named our brand of beers "Bad Bunny Brewing" after the rabbit we got as a wedding gift (I gave starter homebrew kits as grooms men gifts so a reciprocation by naming our beer after our favorite wedding gift seemed seemed appropriate), and all our beer names are rabbit themed with some innuendo thrown in (for example we name a wine I made "Menage Paw" because it came out pretty high in alcohol). 

So the question is...what theme do you have for your beers/wine and why?

Other Fermentables / Anybody know a recipe for a port?
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:56:18 PM »
After some searching I've concluded that there doesn't seem to be any good recipe for how to make a port.  I've made my fair share of wines at home and thought I would bump up the challenge some.  Does anybody have a good recipe for a port?!

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