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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Globs in Secondary Fermentation
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:28:23 PM »
Thanks morticaixavier (go Aggies!). Smells like good, a little fruity. Haven't tasted it yet.

sounds good. nothing like a big hoppy mess. enjoy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Globs in Secondary Fermentation
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:21:59 PM »
can't be 100% sure but it looks like yeast floccing out to me. How does the beer smell/taste? likely it's fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow out plus removed lid
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:56:28 PM »
Ok but when I put the hydrometer in the beer it read finish

what do you mean by it read finished? If you brewed this beer 2013-10-05 it is not done yet. even if it is done with the bulk of fermentation it will benefit from just a little more time on the yeast.

If the hydrometer reading says it is at where the recipe says it's supposed to be at that is great but you still want to wait another 3-5 days and take one more reading to be sure. Not only will this help you avoid having bottles explode in your closet soaking all your clothes with beer (and not in the fun way) but it will allow the yeast some time to clean up after itself a little.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oxygenation in first few days?
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:27:25 PM »
It shouldn't be much different, I agree.  The other thing you can do that might be more important than adding more O2 is to knock the CO2 out of solution.  That will help your yeast too.

How do you knock CO2 out of solution?  I am using a fermenter bucket for primary.

with a sanitized whisk? or a mix stir, a big ss spoon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow out plus removed lid
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:21:58 PM »
Thank you for that video...my wort wasn't the temp is was suppose to be I guess that's why I had a blow out...so my reading was and probably off...so how can I figure if it ready or ok. Sorry for all the questions just trying to be a good home brewer

asking questions is how we learn.

You will know when it's done when two gravity readings a few days (3-5) apart are the same. This means the yeast have finished eating all the sugar they are capable of eating and have stopped making new alcohol. At this point you can wait another few days so that the yeast can finish up with some other work they have to do in there and you can package.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Plastic bucket vs water jug
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:23:17 PM »
Learn something new every day.  Can't learn if you don't ask right? :)  Thanks for the heads up everybody, will definitely not be using anything like what is shown then.  Will probably stick to the bucket idea, since it's known to work just fine.
Absolutely man.  Keep that good attitude and don't get discouraged. You're on your way.

+1

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oxygenation in first few days?
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:46:56 PM »
Thanks Denny, yes any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, in terms of an aging profile since this is a big beer, I was wondering, does 14 days in primary, two months in the secondary sound good for a beer in the 1.095-1.100 OG range?  This is new territory for me, I want to give time for yeast to do its work well in primary, secondary and bottle

the beer not the calendar. 14 daysin primary might be just fine but you will not know till it's done. I would plan on more like 28 days in primary (at least, 56 wouldn't be bad) then either straight to bottles or into secondary for another couple weeks.

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Other Fermentables / Re: First Mead
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:11:29 PM »
I sampled a little bit from the test tube (thought I wouldn't?) I was surprised by the sweetness of it. Compared to beer at the same FG.


The remaining sugar in mead are simple sugars.  The remaining sugar in beer are complex sugars, which are only slightly sweet.

and mead has not bitterness to balance the sweetness either.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Clear the cupboard IPA
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:11:05 PM »
I guess I should have consulted with you guys before I made it, but it is already plugging away in the fermenters.  I guess I will know in a few weeks.

You can add sulfate later.  Even in the glass.

Sounds like an experiment to me.  It is fermenting in two separate vessels, could I add sulfate to one and not the other, say after primary fermentation?

yes. gypsum dissolves very easily in beer or even water. you can even add it to the bottling bucket or keg if you wish (dissolved in a little boiled water if in the bottling bucket.)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Quick and Dirty Batch Sparging Calculator
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:06:46 PM »
I'll double check my numbers.  I also plan to brew within the next few days (hey, I'm not working for a few months, why not?) and try it again.

What's up Denny...did you get a work furlough?

I completely forgot to try this calculator during my brewday Sunday...Sorry Sean.

I'll give it a try sooner than later.

Long story, Ron, but I'm on "paid administrative leave".  I may just retire rather than go back.

I forgot to enter my numbers, too, but I've got the info so I'll try it later.

Did you go all loose cannon and violate someone's civil rights?  Did the captain say "I hate to do this but I need your badge Denny" while shaking his head sadly?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow out plus removed lid
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:04:35 PM »
Mort, I think he means he did a reading and will do another reading...To the OP -  just leave it be once you have the blow off issue resolved.  Most or at least quite a few of us don't move the beer from primary until it is done.  Then we prime and bottle or otherwise package.  Basically, transferring once, if possible, twice, if you count the bottling bucket for bottlers.

ahh that makes sense. I figured he was just going in whole hog and planning brew number two for Thursday (which is not a bad idea by the way. when you get into that first batch in a few weeks your going to want another post haste)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Plastic bucket vs water jug
« on: October 15, 2013, 10:29:26 AM »
also, it's not particularly important to have a tight seal. you are counting on positive pressure to keep things out of your fermenter mostly,

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow out plus removed lid
« on: October 15, 2013, 09:45:21 AM »
So I did one on Saturday do another one on Thursday then can I transfer to the carboy for 2nd fermentation. ..I really appreciate all this help

I would get another bucket instead. or do a smaller batch Thursday and primary that one in the carboy. Transferring doesn't really gain you anything most of the time and it is a pain in the butt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow out plus removed lid
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:21:46 AM »
Will it be better if I ferment it a 2nd time in a glass Carboy for a couple more weeks

nope. leave it alone until it is done (meaning two gravity readings about a week apart are the same) then package.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow out plus removed lid
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:03:48 AM »
I certainly hope you didn't toss out this batch of beer just because the lid came off.  There's plenty of CO2 generated during the initial fermentation to keep out anything harmful.  Sanitize the lid and put it back on when the fermentation calms down.
+1.  Should be fine.
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No I didn't throw it out since it has clamed down you think its safe for me to take it off and sanitize it and put it back on.

yeah, it'll be fine.

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