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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvest this yeast cake for reuse or no?
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:23:15 PM »
The yeast you harvest will hold little of the flavor from your previous beer.  The left over beer poured from the fermentor with the yeast will have some aroma but you will be decanting the left over beer before pitching into a new wort or pitching into a starter wort.  I don't think there is any risk if you decant the spent beer before pitching.

You could also decant the previous beer, after the yeast compacts in your collection jar, and replace it with a Lite beer someone left at your place.  Your nose will then tell you if the yeast has any left over flavors.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Overcarbonated
« on: September 01, 2017, 01:58:06 PM »
You could sacrifice a little of the bottled beer to check whether or not the SG is still at 1.014.  I've had one beer finish fermenting in the bottles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wasted Batch?
« on: August 20, 2017, 02:34:40 PM »
A S-style air lock would have been better than the blow off tube assembly.  Hind sight though.  How much sanitizer and what was the sanitizer?  A blow off tube assembly can be fitted with a reservoir in the middle that is larger than the volume of the sanitizer to prevent this.  More work and cumbersome when moving a fermentor.

I would suggest going to Pro for handling four fermentors of that size.

Look at Northern Brewer's Dead Ringer.  All Centennial hops in the recipe.  American Amber Ale is all Cascade hops.

Recipe available on web site.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should I transfer to secondary?
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:01:14 PM »
The trub may begin to cause off flavors in two to four months, with lighter beers.  You'll want to bottle before a month is up though to keep hop flavors and aromas from fading.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops - Bag or No Bag
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:11:26 AM »
The hops added to the boil kettle do not need to be in the fermentor.  The only hops that would be added to the fermentor would be for dry hopping if part of the recipe.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck Fermentation
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:30:04 PM »
Did you use a refractometer or hydrometer for specific gravity?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation question
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:27:45 PM »
Do you use a refractometer or hydrometer for specific gravity?  The refractometer won't be accurate in the presence of alcohol.

Everything you are doing seems right.  Would need some details on the fermentation if the problem is not with using a refractometer.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Final Gravity?
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:10:42 PM »
You should confirm that final gravity has been reached in the primary before racking to a secondary clearing vessel.  You can also skip the secondary vessel if not adding fruit, oak, fermentables, etc.  The beer will clear nicely in the primary given enough time.  Three weeks is my typical primary time for most ales.

Your beer may not have finished fermenting in five days.  The bubbles you see in the air lock may just be CO2 coming out of solution or the fermentation trying to finish.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experience from weekend brew.
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:58:11 AM »
I would use a nylon bag.  Like the paint strainer bags.  Muslin may swell too much and not allow free flow of the wort through.  The bag needs to be large enough to not become tight when the hop pellets swell.  I think(?) a one quart bag will hold 1 ounce of hops without becoming too tight.

I throw my hops in the boil kettle without bagging.  I pour from the boil kettle into a bucket lined with a fine mesh grain bag.  Tubing from this buckets spigot goes to the fermentor.  At the end of the pour lift the bag to drain the wort from captured hop debris.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oxidation? Is there any recovery
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:30:12 PM »
A pale ale bottled for 5 months may begin losing flavor.  Taste a SG sample and decide.  If you would decide to bottle leave the stuff floating on the top in the fermentor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation temp too low?
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:00:46 AM »
Uncover the thermometer before you do anything else.  The evaporation of the water from the t-shirt is probably cooling the thermometer more than the beer.  Tape the thermometer to the side of the carboy with some insulation over it to isolate it from ambient air temperature.

Beer Recipes / Re: Re evaluating hefeweizen hatred
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:38:21 PM »
Over pitching WY 3068 and fermenting cool will result in reduced banana and distinct clove flavor.  Under pitching stresses the yeast and then combined with a high fermentation temperature results in the over the top banana.

I only care for some banana when it is the background.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermentation: carboy or bucket?
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:10:31 AM »
I like glass carboys.  You can see what is going on and an unforeseen extended primary doesn't result in much risk of oxidation. 

I still use my original carboy from 1987 for big beers with very active yeast.  It is a big carboy.

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