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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ambient vs Actual (sort of)
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:51:13 AM »
I'm curious, do you know the difference between the ambient air temp and the wort temp?
I always read that the fermenting beer can be 10 degrees warmer, I'm a bit skeptical of that with a five gallon batch.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fastest ferment yet - Wyeast 1768
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:39:08 PM »
I brewed a beer with 1768 last weekend.
My buddy gave me a jar of slurry. Or more like you said a "lump of clay"
Beer was supposed to be 1.040 but I wound up at at 1.054
I'll take a peak in the bucket this weekend and see where it's at.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: February 01, 2014, 04:20:01 AM »
Is it possible you added double the sugar to one keg and left the other unprimed?
The other day I was racking 2 fermenters into corny kegs.
I had to prime them because I had no room in the keg fridge.
I had boiled all the priming sugar in one pot so I could add half to each keg.
Filled the kegs sealed them up and put them away to carb up.
Walk back into the kitchen and see half of the priming sugar sitting on the table.
I forgot to prime one of the kegs , but couldn't remember which one.
So I took my best guess and added the rest to one of the kegs.
We shall see in a few weeks if I was correct.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:32:44 PM »
I just entered my first contest.
I placed third in the Porter catagory.
There were only nine entries in the catagory, but I figure at least I'm in the top third. I'm feeling pretty good about it, it was the first time I brewed the recipe, so it's not something I have been trying to perfect.
Looking forward to seeing the score sheet.

Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:16:40 PM »
I take the bulb off a turkey baster, sanitize, put it in the tubing and inhale. No mess.

This! It's really the key to brewing great beer. Well, simplest way to rack without putting it in your mouth anyway

I tried this the other day, but I left the bulb on the baster, and used that to start the siphon, worked like a charm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:50:52 PM »
It seemed like such a good idea.
Apparently the laws of physics do not cease to exist in my kitchen.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:18:13 AM »
That's not going to work. Pressure will push on both ends of the port. I've always has great luck with autosiphon. Just put a gear clamp on the racking port end. I even go so far as to put a straight racking cain on "out" end to prevent tube curling.

Yea, that makes sense.
Just to prove it to myself, I'm still going to give it shot with water when I rinse out the keg before filling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:28:39 AM »
Any one think this is a bad idea?
Pressurize the keg.
Put a dissconnect on the end of the hose.
Place the other end of the hose in the fermenter.
Attach the dissconect to the out post of the keg, release the pressure release valve to draw a vacuum and start the siphon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is -20 too cold to brew?
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:57:19 AM »
I've brewed outdoors with the temps. in the 30's.
On occasion if it's cold and windy I'll put the burner in the garage with door cracked a couple of feet. I have also done the mash in the kitchen and the boil outdoors.
My daughter gave me three new three gallon kegs for Christmas so I will probably do a few smaller batches in the kitchen this winter.
Also here in Jersey it usually doesn't stay really cold for that long a time, for example today's high is supposed to be 24 but Saturday it calls for a high of 53. So no need to freeze my ass off today when I can wait a few days and enjoy my brew day.

I have a stainless domed false bottom for my round cooler.
I used it for quite a while. Never could get the wort to run clear, and I had to run off real slow or else I'd get a stuck sparge.
I started to put the grain a grain bag in the tun with the false bottom. I got a much clearer run off, and if the sparge stuck I could just lift out the grain bag.
Finally I got smart and switched to a hose braid, wish I would have done that from the start. But I had some fool idea that I wanted to fly sparge and just had to have the false bottom.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dry Hopping w/ Willamette
« on: December 29, 2013, 05:16:08 AM »
Nothing yet, but I but I don't plan on using the Willamette.
Most likely will go with the simcoe/ centennial.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Simple Aeration?
« on: December 29, 2013, 05:12:27 AM »
I just shake it.

Beer Recipes / Dry Hopping w/ Willamette
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:32:33 PM »
I brewed an APA with these hops.
.5 oz challenger @ 60
.7 oz centenial @ 15
.3 oz simcoe @ 15
1 oz. centennial @5
1 oz. simcoe @ 5
.8 oz. sterling @ 0

Would dry hopping it with Willamette hops be a bad idea?
Or should I use one of the varieties that I used in the boil?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aerate before or after pitching?
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:18:47 AM »
I was recently looking at the Safale website, trying to decide it I wanted to bother rehydrating some dry yeast.
They recommended that if you don't rehydrate that you should sprinkle the yeast on top, wait 20 minutes and then aerate.

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