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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:05:01 AM »
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
Good idea, glass soda bottle, maybe Canada Dry

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:03:36 AM »
They don't seal well enough with positive pressure. I've tried to use them as pseudo growlers in the past; fill a couple of pints, take to a party, remove lid, instant pint... Turned into a leaky foamy mess in my bag  :o
Thanks Ross, is good to know that it was tried and failed.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 15, 2014, 01:23:06 AM »
Good points, I guess I will do a 1 pint test next time, and shake it up a bit to see what happens.

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Kegging and Bottling / Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 15, 2014, 01:08:06 AM »
I'm just wondering if you think it is possible to bottle beer in canning jars, crank the lid on real tight. Reason is Canada customs seems to like my beer, so I'm thinking if I send to my friends there in Canada, I might be able to pull a fast one on em. I guess I will try one pint next bottling day, but was wondering if anyone has any thoughts...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Calculating weight of BIAB grain bag
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:07:12 PM »
The Beersmith "mini" BIAB profile is based on a 5-gallon kettle and a 2.91 gallon batch. But that would be almost 4 gallons of water, according to Beersmith. It sounds as if it might be wiser to use my 8-gallon kettle.

In beersmith I select the 1 step temperature mash for the water calculation. My 8 gallon kettle doesn't hold enough water for traditional 5.5 gallon BIAB batches with ~ 10 lbs grain. The amount of water listed for Saccharification is what I mash with, except I bump it up to 1.5 quarts per pound of grain. Then I use the sparge water amount to rinse the grains in a 5 gallon cooler. After the mash, squeeze the bag, put it in the cooler with the sparge water & let it rinse for 15 minute, stir a bit. At this time I often first wort hop in kettle I pulled the bag out of. After 15 mins, squeeze bag & add wort from cooler to kettle & crank up the burner.
I'm not saying this is how ya should do it, just wanted to give another idea on how i do 5.5 gallon biab batches in an 8 gallon kettle. I do have to cut down the batch size on big beers tho...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:06:22 PM »
I throw it in the primary prior to transfer to bottle bucket just to make sure it's done.

I pull a sample with a sanitized turkey baster.  After I get a reading it goes into a PET bottle with a carbonator cap.  Hit it with 30 psi, into the freezer for 45 min., and I've got a cold, carbed sample.  Just did it with a Rye IPA in primary.  I'm gonna go mow the yard and when I'm done I'll be able to try it!
Sweet, i recently convinced the girlfriend that we need to build a bar with kegerator setup, so when i start getting equipment maybe will try that. It's good to have a nice cold beer after mowin the yard

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Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:50:39 PM »
Ya don't shake them too vigorously when holding the neck to get the sanitizer off them either

I can't recall ever needing to sanitize my hydrometer.
Same.  It goes from the storage tube to the sample cylinder; gets a quick rinse and then gets put away back in the storage tube (still wet).
I throw it in the primary prior to transfer to bottle bucket just to make sure it's done. How do you guys get the previous quote stuff on your posts, are you copying & pasting it? Oh wait, I think i see it down there, insert quote....
In the upper right of each post there is a "quote" link.  That will automatically copy that post into a quote for your reply.
gotcha thx!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:30:52 PM »
Ya don't shake them too vigorously when holding the neck to get the sanitizer off them either

I can't recall ever needing to sanitize my hydrometer.
Same.  It goes from the storage tube to the sample cylinder; gets a quick rinse and then gets put away back in the storage tube (still wet).
I throw it in the primary prior to transfer to bottle bucket just to make sure it's done. How do you guys get the previous quote stuff on your posts, are you copying & pasting it? Oh wait, I think i see it down there, insert quote....

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Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2014, 01:39:12 AM »
Ya don't shake them too vigorously when holding the neck to get the sanitizer off them either

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 11, 2014, 01:27:02 AM »
Interesting. I just rinse by running tap water into the bottles and swirl and dump, do this about 4 times immediately after pouring the bottle into the glass. Then after a few hours or the next day, i pour out what little water is left in bottle and put it in the case upside down. Next bottling day I sanitize using a vinator bottling rinser, place bottles on sanitized bottom rack of dishwater to drain, then fill. Seems to work for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash question
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:57:53 PM »
If it was just a little too hot & you immediately dropped the temp to the 140s,let it sit there a bit then brought it back up, then congratulations, you almost mastered the Hochkurz mash method,  http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Infusion_Mashing

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Yeast and Fermentation / synthetic yeast anyone?
« on: March 27, 2014, 07:46:24 PM »
http://www.livescience.com/44404-first-synthetic-yeast-chromosome-designer-genomes.html
They are only 1 of 16 chromosomes done, but kinda interesting

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bad Bucket Seal. Transfer for Lagering?
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:10:52 AM »
I would transfer to secondary in this situation after checking that the krausen has started to fall and you are about 75% done fermentation. You will be better off in the 6 gal better bottle regarding headspace and i have no idea about the gas fumes, somebody else can probably answer that better than i. Wrap a blanket or something around the bottle to keep light out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermentation not complete ?
« on: March 15, 2014, 12:52:18 AM »
Ya I guess I should have given it more than 2 days at the higher temp. But it did not move down at all, still at 1.035. I misinformed on the estimated final gravity, according to beersmith it should be 1.029, so I am calling it done with the yeast that is in there right now. I don;t really want to add more yeast as others have suggested (good ideas though, including bonjour idea of getting slurry from my local friendly brewery). I would prefer the sweeter taste I am getting now. My new concern is bottling and not getting any carbonation. Since the bottles will be sitting for at least a year, do you think I will get any carbonation? I was planning on 2.2 vols.
If you don't think i will get carbonation, then is the next best thing to add a pinch of dry yeast to each bottle. That scares me. And if so, what yeast, would us5 be better than champagne yeast which would dry it out more?
Oy, thanks man!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermentation not complete ?
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:15:33 AM »
So i brought temp up for 2 days n roused yeast then let temp drop back to 68. Still 1.035. Will bottle on saturday. I think u right erockrph i definitely get a more sweeter sherry as opposed to dry red wine in it. Cant wait till next year to taste this again.

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