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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cold crashing yeast starters
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:35:41 PM »
Six hours most likely will not be long enough for all the yeast to begin dropping out even for a highly flocculant English style yeast.  You might be able to decant some of the starter wort that looks like it is clearing.  Other options would be to delay brewing or delay pitching the yeast.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Returning Noob mistakes
« on: December 03, 2016, 08:40:47 PM »
Good to hear you are having fun.  Watch the maximum temperature using an aquarium heater.  The yeast will produce heat as it works.  Too high of temperature for the yeast you are using can produce some funky to very bad off flavors.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Green beer bottles?
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:23:31 PM »
FWIW, Heineken and Yeungling all use green bottles and untreated hops.

Pilsner Urquell no longer uses green bottles, but they didn't use treated hops either.

I have a few Yuengling in amber bottles.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Drying washed/sanitized bottles
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:17:53 PM »
Typically, I wash and sanitize my bottles right before I bottle. I use star San to sanitize. Should I be letting these dry before I bottle? Am I going too far when I sanitize the bottles? I reuse bottles from different beers I have bought. I always rinse them out with water before storing them in a sealed Rubbermaid container. Would it be OK to just store them and then bottle without washing since they have been thoroughly rinsed right after opening? I have always washed and then sanitized for fear of infection.

Best would be to triple or quadruple rinse each bottle as soon as it is poured.  Store the rinsed bottles upside down to drip dry in an open container.  An open container will prevent the chance of mold growth.  Sanitize the bottles with Star San solution before filling, but fill before they dry.  Star San is effective only when the sanitized surface remains wet. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy headspace
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:36:21 PM »
There is a larger surface area of your beer exposed to air so there is more risk of some oxidation than if the beer was in a five gallon carboy filled to the neck.  I would not be too concerned unless you were planning to have the beer in the secondary vessel for long term aging.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Green beer bottles?
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:50:42 AM »
Many brewers who use greem or clear bottles use treated hop extracts instead of hops.  The treatment consists of modifying the alpha acids by hydrogenating some of the double bonds so that they don't participate in the skunking reactions, IIRC.

Does this meet Reinheitsgebot for Pilsner Urquell?

You could use the yeast up to two weeks from now without a starter if the cell count is sufficient for your next brew.  After two weeks build up the cell count with a starter because of viability loss.  I like the Brew United pitch rate/starter calculator for viability estimates.   Conservative useful life perhaps 6 months, sometimes even longer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Crown cap failing to seal
« on: November 23, 2016, 02:40:12 PM »
Which bench capper did you buy?  What is the brand of bottle caps?  Are the bottles standard American pry off cap style bottles?

Bench cappers will usually perform better on all brewery bottles compared to a wing capper when the height is adjusted properly.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Recent use of US05
« on: November 22, 2016, 08:08:15 AM »
Long lasting krausen is typical when I use US-05.  Will have clear beer with three weeks in the primary.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Stuck in storage
« on: November 12, 2016, 06:49:17 AM »
The yeast is probably still good unless the storage area was extremely hot.  A starter will be required as it is even for properly stored yeast.  As a guesstimate reduce the viability by 15% to 20% for not being refrigerated.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mailing again
« on: November 08, 2016, 08:14:16 AM »
Mailing home brew can depend upon the laws of your State.  In some states it is illegal to take home brew out of your domicile.  Some States have made exceptions for charity or competitions.  Start by looking for your State laws.

You cannot mail alcohol via the USPS.  It is illegal unless you have a license.  Fed Ex has rules against it unless you have a licence and agreement with Fed Ex.  UPS may be the exception.  You can be liable for damages if a package leaks.   

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Too much water?
« on: November 06, 2016, 05:20:57 PM »
Best case is a 3.8% session beer with a little less flavor than the original recipe if the 1.039 OG was an accurate reading.  Sometimes an OG reading when top off water is added is not accurate because the wort is not evenly mixed.

Fixes can often lead to more problems.  You could siphon off a gallon of the wort and heat it with about a pound and a half of DME.  This may raise the SG by about 11 points.  This may also drastically change the flavor profile of the recipe.

I would leave it as it is and install a blow off tube on the fermentor.

Great that your beer is okay.  Have you considered adding some length to the inlet and outlet of your chiller to bring the connections below the rim of the boil kettle?  Just in case there would be another leak the water can't get into the chilling wort.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Corn sugar carbonation question
« on: November 05, 2016, 01:47:22 PM »
Ok so the reason I asked was that the beer came out flat and super sweet. Basically the priming sugar did nothing. New at this so I thought I messed up the process.
Got to the bottom of it and in the spirit of giving back I will share in case someone else makes this mistake.
My FG was 1.010 so there was not enough healthy yeast left to turn the priming sugar, or at least what I was told by the local brew shop. Got some quality dry kegging dry yeast and will re-pitch. Hopefully this will re-start my carbonation cycle and get my beer back on track.
What temperature was the keg held at and for how long before your first taste?  Temperature may have been too low for conditioning and not enough weeks of time before tasting.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Returning Noob mistakes
« on: November 05, 2016, 01:35:01 PM »
Let us know how the beer turned out or you didn't get to taste it because the bottles exploded.  I hope there were no bottle bombs.  Report the results.

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