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Yeast and Fermentation / Pitched Nottingham yeast too hot.
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:11:00 PM »
I made a Rouge hazelnut brown ale last night and substituted nottingham for the pacman.  On the back of the package of yeast it said to re-hydrate in 85 - 92 degree water so i thought why not pitch the yeast in the fermentor (I don't usually re-hydrate yeast anyway).  i think my wort temp was about 100 degrees or a little more.  It was already actively fermenting this morning after about 9 hours which is good i guess. 

i have heard pitching too hot may result in some bannana off flavors and what not using nottingham.  I guss there is no way to be sure till it's all done but can I use racking to a secondary to try and clean up some of the potential off flavors?

General Homebrew Discussion / RO Water and additives
« on: March 16, 2010, 10:33:39 AM »
I use RO water for brewing, should I be adding anything to that type of water for hardness....etc?  My brews are just extract using steeping grains so it's nothing too crazy.  My first two batches seemed to finish a little "off" in flavor so I thought I would see if it may be my water.  It does taste fine though.

Kegging and Bottling / Sanitation
« on: March 11, 2010, 03:29:58 PM »
After I sanitize my bottles, they tend to have a slight film that tastes kind of salty.  Is this normal?  I use the one step sanitizer and bottle about an hour after cleaning them. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Pitching yeast when bottling?
« on: March 09, 2010, 08:53:50 AM »
Is it a good or bad idea to pitch a little yeast in the bottling bucket before actually bottling?

Yeast and Fermentation / Rookie mistake?
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:03:23 AM »
I did a second fermentation on an English brown ale a week ago and didn't do my research.  I racked from a bucket i used for the primary into a 6.5 gallon glass carboy.  Did i ruin the beer because there is going to be too much O2 in the carboy?

Kegging and Bottling / First time bottling
« on: March 04, 2010, 07:59:38 AM »
I am going to be bottling my first homebrew tomorrow night (yay!) and had a question about sanitizing the bottles.  I have been using one step sanitizer and have some in a spray bottle to sanitize my bottling tree.  how long can sanitized bottles stay on the tree before bottling? 

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