When a fermentation temperature is specified with a recipe, yeast type, etc, is the temperature the ambient temperature of the air around the vessel, or is it the desired temperature of the beer itself? I realize that when fermentation is slow the two should be about the same, but during vigorous activity, the beer could be several degrees higher than ambient. I am going to buy an electronic control for a freezer conversion and need to know whether the temp sensor should just be dangled into the chamber, or should I tape it to the container, or even sanitize and submerge? Thanks for your input.
I'm sure that there will be a few new American made O-Fests popping up this year, and I'll definitely give them a try. I hope I find a winner...It's one of my favorite lager styles.
Just because I cant pick up 5 gallons of wort doesnt mean I cant brew ............... right?
Experimentals here I come
Denny, thanks for the kind words. I HAVE TO get well soon, got a Homebrew Jamboree in one months time
Secondaries cause more harm than good. I don't do secondaries anymore. Even with my lagers, I just leave them sit in primary for a couple months, with no ill effects. The beer will finish and clear perfectly fine in the primary. Otherwise, it's literally like ripping the carpet out from under the yeasty beasties, and they occasionally get confused and stop eating off-flavors such as diacetyl and acetaldehyde. Might as well leave them alone and let them do what they want. That's my opinion.
the abv supports it being 1.180It would if it was correct.
18+% with a 1.118 would be a fairly dry beer
How do you know your alcohol %? You don't measure it directly do you?
I bet he calculated it from 1.180, but the real o.g. was 1.118.
I've learned from trial and error to keg and force carb as Fred has indicated...then use my Blichmann beer gun to bottle the big beers. Reyeasting is hit or miss.
Our club brewed an over the top Quad (15%) and they tried to bottle condition some of it.................FAIL
Hmm, good to know. I just bottled my 11.5% wee heavy. It'll be interesting to see how that works out.
Oh, and Blatz . . you were right. I just "thieved" a hydro sample of the Old Jubilation. OUTSTANDING!