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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation
« on: January 25, 2011, 04:13:51 AM »
Outstanding! Thanks

Yeast and Fermentation / Attenuation
« on: January 25, 2011, 03:36:52 AM »
I'm familiar with the general definition of attenuation but not so much when it come to brewing. So here's another rookie question; what exactly is attenuation in relation to brewing? When I see a particular type of yeast and it gives an attenuation of 75%, what does that percentage reference? Thanks again for helping the uneducated mass(es)!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have a problem!
« on: January 24, 2011, 12:50:29 AM »
Talk dirty to it...  Best in the dark.

What makes you think there's a problem?  Have you taken a hydrometer reading?

I have taken a few readings and it's falling slowly. I was joking about the problem but was kind of wondering if yeast rousing is beneficial.

General Homebrew Discussion / I think I have a problem!
« on: January 24, 2011, 12:36:26 AM »
Although this is my very first brew, I have an overwhelming urge to rouse my yeast! It's only been six days since pitching it but I feel I should harass it in some manner. What should I do?!?

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: January 22, 2011, 02:09:54 AM »
Kind of off-topic but is that a capo on that strat sitting next to Line 6 as well? Not just any ole picker has that kind of hardware!

Yeast and Fermentation / Hydrometer reading
« on: January 22, 2011, 01:32:28 AM »
Is it advisable to crack the lid on the fermenter and take a reading with a sanitized hydrometer or should I continue to use the spigot? Seems like a waste of good beer to keep dumping it down the drain when I'm done. Or can I use a sanitized hydrometer tube and pour it back in the fermenter when I'm done? Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brewer TV #22
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:17:12 AM »
Nice job Gary! I need a cigarette!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Two questions
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:52:06 AM »
ipaguy, I didn't have sanitized water in the airlock, just bottled water. Hopefully that doesn't turn out to be a costly lesson but if it does, I know better next time :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is it done?
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:17:29 PM »
Thanks fellas! You just made life a little easier! So when is a good time to use a secondary just out of curiosity? I've even heard the term (are you sitting down) tertiary!!! What's up with that?!? I can't thank you guys enough for walking me thru my first batch!

Yeast and Fermentation / Is it done?
« on: January 20, 2011, 05:42:22 PM »
I put my wort in the primary at 6pm on Mon. As I was leaving for work this morning, I stopped to check on the progress and stood there for about 3 or 4 minutes (I was in a hurry) without noticing any activity. This is only day three but when is a good time to move it to the secondary? And is it unusual for fermenting to slow down so quickly? It was really bubbling on Wednesday.

Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion chiller: buying vs. making
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:16:21 AM »
Nice curves euge ;) I'll throw up some pics of my newbie effort! I have to admit though, I was a little embarrassed to post pics because of my gratuitous use of fittings and couplers and whatnot but not so much now! I've tried to post pics using various methods and cannot figure it out. I've also used pic hosting sites RapidShare, Flickr, et al. and have had no luck! What am I doing wrong?

Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion chiller: buying vs. making
« on: January 20, 2011, 02:48:54 AM »
I actually went ahead and made an immersion chiller with 25' of 3/8" copper. I used my hands and a copper bending tool to shape it and then soldered on 3/4" copper garden hose fittings. I used a spigot to run water through it and also threw the kettle in an ice bath as well. It took 16 mins. to cool about 4 gallons of wort (Russian Imperial Stout) to 65 degrees. From what I've read so far I think that's okay. However, I only saved about $15. Given the amount of time and effort it took to bend it without kinking it and the numerous trips to Lowe's to find just the right stuff, I would just buy one if I had to do it over again  :) I did gain valuable experience though and it works! Thanks for all the ideas!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Two questions
« on: January 19, 2011, 02:51:11 AM »
Thanks hokerer and Tom for the responses but here's another question. I just cleaned the airlock and replaced it but the problem seems to be rapidly rebuilding. I read something about a blow-off line? Would I just use the line from my auto siphon and what do I blow it off into?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Two questions
« on: January 19, 2011, 02:09:25 AM »
It seems to have stabilized at about 71-72 degrees. Should I leave it alone or move it to a tub to lower the temp? I think the kit maker recommeded a range of 64-72. Cutting it kind of close huh? And also, there is some gunk really building up in the airlock neck. Should I remove it and clean it or leave it alone? Thanks for the responses!

General Homebrew Discussion / Cleanser
« on: January 19, 2011, 01:34:40 AM »
I've been using an eco-friendly odorless, colorless liquid soap to clean my equipment before sanitizing. I placed my first brew in the primary yesterday and I've got lots of action in the airlock. So far so good! I'm really paranoid about cleaning and sanitizing so is there something better I should be using?
Thanks again for the responses!

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