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Kegging and Bottling / labels...Labels
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:09:41 PM »
One of the things I enjoy about bottling my brew is creating the labels.  I think ‘branding’ the beer for family & friends helps to personalize the hobby.  I’ve included a few of my labels, but I’d like to see some other examples.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Will the carbonation perk up?
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:32:04 PM »
I brewed an extract kit from NB a few weeks ago and bottled it a little over a week ago.  I popped open a trial at one week in the bottle and it barely had any carbonation.  I’m hoping that it just wasn’t mature enough at one week, and that it will gradually get better.  I followed the recommended 2/3 c of the supplied dextrose at bottling time, which wasn’t the entire 5 oz. package contents that was included with the kit.  I normally chuck the entire package in my other brews, with good results.  But whatever reason, I did what the directions recommended.

Is it a dog that won’t hunt at this point?

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast - refrigerate ASAP
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:17:51 PM »
I received a Northern Brewer ingredient kit for Christmas from my wife.  It shipped with a Wyeast 3538 Leuven Pale yeast pack with the standard refrigerate ASAP package.  Unfortunately, my wife left the gift in a spare room for about a month without knowing that the yeast should be refrigerated,  I'm now trying to get a starter going, and it doesn't seem to be taking off.  It's been 18 hours or so.  Is the yeast DOA?

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