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Kegging and Bottling / Kegging a Belgian Tripel.
« on: December 03, 2012, 03:04:17 PM »
I've had my Belgian Tripel (marc and Tess)in secondary for about 2 months at about 58 degrees. OG was 1.092 and current gravity is 1.013. Just used wort for starter of secondary yeast addition and pitched with not much activity or gurgling. FG should be 1.012. Am going to let sit for a few days before I keg.

Question is, should I force carb something this big or set it at 10 psi for a week and let it take it's time?

Just curious what you guys would do.  I was also thinking of bottling a few 22 ozers and kegging the rest.



Yeast and Fermentation / Starter with London 1968, looked curdled
« on: November 22, 2012, 01:06:04 AM »
Hey all,
just pitched my wyeaste London ESB 1968 into my starter 1000ml Flask. I have done starters before and every time, the yeast came out nice and chocolaty tan and smooth in texture.  Tonight, when i pitched the London, it was almost curdled looking.  Still tan but clumps of fun things.  I shook up the flask and will see what happens.  Mftr date is 10/4/12.

Anyone had experience in this?

Thanks for the help.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging newbie question.
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:32:29 PM »
Awesome responses. Thanks.  I already purchased new gaskets and had replaced them.  Purchased the lube and used it on every connection also. Charged keg at 10psi and let it sit.  The obvious drop was from the leek. That's the only thing I didn't change was the bleed valve which I can grab cheap as someone mentioned.

Basically, I am more right track but it helps to have you all clarify. Thanks again and cheers.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging newbie question.
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:32:38 PM »
So once you've carved the beer and are happy with taste etc,  you back off the Co2 until you need to pour. Ok, thanks


Kegging and Bottling / Kegging newbie question.
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:24:25 PM »
Hey gang,
Just kegged for first time. Got a crappy regulator and first keg cap had leak in bleed valve. Left on 10 psi over night and now tank is 25% full. Kind of pissed.

1.  What's the best way to leek test a used keg?
2. Once I get to my dispensing psi, 6-9 psi, do I leave co2 on at that point until keg is empty? Or do I turn off co2 until I need to pour a pint?

Thanks all.  Happy I'm kegging now but want to make sure I get this right.


General Homebrew Discussion / Pumkin Ale with a kick
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:49:54 AM »
Hello all,
So, I brewed a basic smashing pumkim from northern.  I added some extra nutmeg and allspice to kick up the flavor a bit.  I tested gravity and checked rase and ABV is at 5.5 but taste is a little bland.  needs more sweetness to it.  I did not add any actual pumkin or pie mix, just the Spices at 0 min of boil.

Is it possible to make a small .5 gallon totty of water/Rum/Brown sugar or molasses and boil, cool and add to secondary?  I am going to bottle next week.  Any thoughts on this?


General Homebrew Discussion / Wet hopped in secondary.
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:55:35 AM »
Hey everyone.
My first time trying to wet hop with cascade and Chinook directly into my secondary.  Has been great experimenting.  My question is, the hops is very brown now and I am wondering if I should take it out or just leave it for another week in secondary.  I don't want to have anything start growing.  Nothing growing as of now and things look fine.  Just curious if i should fish those out before something else happens. Anyone else dealt with this?



Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast has to really activated. No bubbling
« on: August 14, 2012, 06:44:45 PM »
Yes, it was a brand new NB bucket. No rubber seal like I had on my pervious bucket that I broke the lid. First batch in this bucket rocked out bubbles immidiatly, but this batch is just plain blahhhhh on the bubbles.  I agree that it probably is just leaking.

Will check gravity tonight to see if I'm dropping from 1.056. I'll report back.  Going to taste too. Mmmmm

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast has to really activated. No bubbling
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:24:50 PM »
Thanks Dave. I agree. Also am going to check gravity tonight. If it's dropping, it's fermenting.


Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast has to really activated. No bubbling
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:18:08 PM »
So I brewed a pumpkin this weekend. Popped my yeast smack pack of 1056 and pitched as scheduled. It's been 4 days now with no bubbling happening in primary air lock. The pressure is pushing the water level inn the right direction, but no bubbling is taking effect.

I peaked inside and there is a nice krausen layer and smells great. Something is working but no bubbles. Also checked for leaks in primary lid but nothing there.

Any clues? Let it ride? Repitch?



General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Bourbons
« on: August 07, 2012, 02:56:01 AM »
Thank you all for the responses.  they are awesome and i am sensing a trend here.  Let the Beer come first and the bourbon sit in the back seat. Not ride shot gun.  I wanted to do the Red stag because of the hint of Black Cherry and thought that would be nice on a cold night.  However I agree that its just the hinto of the tastes, not the overpowering like a fruity beer. Im not going for that.  I want the Malt and grains to come pouring out on this one.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming in.


General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing with Bourbons
« on: August 01, 2012, 09:57:13 PM »
Hey all,
 About to brew a bourbon porter. Was curious as to which Bourbons are better. Was actually thinking of using the new Redstag dark cherry Bourbon but wasnt sure if anyone had used this.  The hint of that black cherry might make for a great beer.

Any thoughts?

Bottles- Watermelon Wheat, Pliny the Elder
primary- empty
secondary- empty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pliny the Elder
« on: July 06, 2012, 01:00:16 PM »
Thanks for the info.  My plan is exactly that.  let it sit for a few more weeks and test as needed. Worst case, it becomes a shelter for a while and I enjoy very slowly.  Ill keep you posted. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pliny the Elder
« on: July 06, 2012, 12:58:42 PM »
It is in the same place as all my beers at a constant 70-72 degrees. What do you use to carbonate in the bottle? I guess it was just priming sugar but it looks like DME. Either way, Im nervous to lose this batch.  Taste is great but no carb really lacks the full experience.  Im on the East coast so we don't get Pliny out here but I have heard great things about it.  Thats why I brewed it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Pliny the Elder
« on: July 06, 2012, 12:26:53 PM »
Hey all, New to the AHA.  Just finished Bottling my Pliny the Elder Clone. I Primed with DME before bottling and OG was spot on for this recipe. Clarity was great too. Its been in bottle for 3 weeks now and I have tested 2 bottles over the past week. It has not carbonated very well at all.

Has anyone else had this happen or does the Pliny just need to really become and Elder for Carbonation?  All my brews have come out really well but this is the first time I have run into this problem. 

Thanks for the help.


Primary- none
Secondary- American Watermelon Wheat
Bottle- Pliny the Elder
Drinking- Garage Fog Amber Ale, Stone IPA

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