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Offline jeffy

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Re: First timer here, have some basic questions that I can't find answers to
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2015, 12:01:09 AM »
You pitched the yeast on 11/18 and today is 11/22.  Please be patient and don't transfer the beer for at least another week.  As said above, no need to go to another vessel except for bottling.
Also, as said above, try to get some temperature control for your next brew.  Warm fermentations can cause some hot, fume-like alcohol flavors and aromas. It's best to keep ale fermentations in the 60's.
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Re: First timer here, have some basic questions that I can't find answers to
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2015, 11:57:43 PM »
Wow, I'm glad you came here. Truthfully, the conflicting advice you got was pretty much all bad. Aside from using a secondary to rack your beer onto fruit or to age a very strong beer, you do not want to use a secondary. It's outdated inferior advice from the early days of the homebrew revolution. If you rack a beer to secondary too soon, you are removing the beer from most of the yeast  - this can and will cause a beer to not ferment completely, leaving it too sweet and giving off bad flavors and aromas in some cases. So why do it? Answer - don't. Welcome, and don't be afraid to ask for any help you need !
How do you use fruit in beer? I ike a good beer and have tried a strawberry flavored beer but hated it. Never tried that again.

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Re: First timer here, have some basic questions that I can't find answers to
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2015, 12:21:26 AM »
Wow, I'm glad you came here. Truthfully, the conflicting advice you got was pretty much all bad. Aside from using a secondary to rack your beer onto fruit or to age a very strong beer, you do not want to use a secondary. It's outdated inferior advice from the early days of the homebrew revolution. If you rack a beer to secondary too soon, you are removing the beer from most of the yeast  - this can and will cause a beer to not ferment completely, leaving it too sweet and giving off bad flavors and aromas in some cases. So why do it? Answer - don't. Welcome, and don't be afraid to ask for any help you need !
How do you use fruit in beer? I ike a good beer and have tried a strawberry flavored beer but hated it. Never tried that again.

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Using fruit is a situation where I do use a secondary. I transfer from primary after fermentation is done, racking to secondary onto whatever fruit puree I'm wanting, and wait a couple weeks then package (verifying FG of course). Whole fruit leaves a ton of pulpy 'goop' behind that is a racking nightmare. Strawberry just doesn't translate to beer IMO - the flavor just gets lost compared to other fruits.


EDIT - Cherry, raspberry and blackberry are examples of fruits that do translate well to beer.
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Re: First timer here, have some basic questions that I can't find answers to
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2015, 12:26:15 AM »
What type fruit do you recommend?

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Re: First timer here, have some basic questions that I can't find answers to
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2015, 01:45:18 AM »
What type fruit do you recommend?

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Cherry and raspberry are pretty assertive and translate well into beer. Either is a good place to start.
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Re: First timer here, have some basic questions that I can't find answers to
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2015, 01:46:07 AM »
Thanks. Gonna try and do the Rasberry.

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