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Old 08-24-2010, 11:48 AM   #191
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Gave one of my bottles a try last night. It pours so pretty; super clear, nice head, nice malty nose, not hot or solventy...then you take a drink and it's strong and sweet. And mine finished @ 1.004

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:42 PM   #192
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What is everyones experience with carbing? I bottled about a month ago with extra yeast. Opened a bottle last night to test and it wasn't carbed. Figure it just needs more time
I stated earlier in the thread that I had zero carbonation after many months. I was given instructions (which should also be above) about adding active wort to the bottles which I plan on doing this weekend. We'll see.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:13 PM   #193
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I stated earlier in the thread that I had zero carbonation after many months. I was given instructions (which should also be above) about adding active wort to the bottles which I plan on doing this weekend. We'll see.
Same as me, and I tried adding active wort about 5 weeks ago and still nothing. I may have to resort to transferring to a keg. Something along the lines of a #3 stopper with a short racking cane and a inflation needle hooked up to a co2 source at low pressure to push the beer.

My other crazy idea was hack a pressure canner into a chamber I could pressurize with co2, put as many bottles in as it would hold without caps, purge with co2 and pressurize, with the whole thing in the fridge for a couple weeks at 15 psi. Then gently remove and cap the bottles. I think going to a keg will work out better and be easier.

Edit: Scrolling back it looks like I was the one who pointed you to those instructions. So far it hasn't worked for me.

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Old 08-26-2010, 04:57 PM   #194
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Edit: Scrolling back it looks like I was the one who pointed you to those instructions. So far it hasn't worked for me.
That makes me sad. Maybe I'll just keg it and bottle from there.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:46 PM   #195
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Gave one of my bottles a try last night. It pours so pretty; super clear, nice head, nice malty nose, not hot or solventy...then you take a drink and it's strong and sweet. And mine finished @ 1.004
Same with mine. I sent one into a competition and they said it was sweet and strong, which I knew. Mine finished at 1.006 or 1.008. But I think I fermented it too warm, too much phenol which would give a perception of bitterness and spice.

And that's always been my problem with beer recipes that depend so much on how the fermentation goes. And this type of beer the fermentation of the yeast is what makes this beer. I just can't get the right temperature to get the right flavors. That and I think I always need to ferment at lower temperatures than what is recommended because I just don't like the flavors a warm ferment gives off from any type of yeast for any type of beer.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:27 PM   #196
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Who is going to take the lead in setting up the swap? It's down to less than 2 months 'til 10/10/10 and from past swaps, we know it takes some people a while to get their packages sent out. We should probably start getting it set up pretty soon, so everything can be in place in plenty of time before the big day.
Since nobody is taking the lead on this, I'll do it. We're down to less than a month and a half until the big day and I'd like to give everyone about a month to get the beers sent off and received and allowed to settle. I'll start another thread detailing the swap in the Sampling and Critiquing forum.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:33 PM   #197
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Since nobody is taking the lead on this, I'll do it. We're down to less than a month and a half until the big day and I'd like to give everyone about a month to get the beers sent off and received and allowed to settle. I'll start another thread detailing the swap in the Sampling and Critiquing forum.
Props to you KB. Is flyangler18 no longer around? I saw some posts in mid-June of this year but he doesn't post nearly as frequently as he used to.
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Props to you KB. Is flyangler18 no longer around? I saw some posts in mid-June of this year but he doesn't post nearly as frequently as he used to.
I don't know what's up with him. It's getting down to the wire though and it's been over a week since I inquired about the swap. Someone's got to do it.

Here is the official swap sign-up thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f38/10-10-10-bgs-swap-sign-up-details-193541/#post2249187
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I don't know what's up with him. It's getting down to the wire though and it's been over a week since I inquired about the swap. Someone's got to do it.

Here is the official swap sign-up thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f38/10-10-10-bgs-swap-sign-up-details-193541/#post2249187
Bump! I'll be creating the final recipient list in the next couple days so anyone who would like to get in on the swap needs to go to the other thread and sign up soon!
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Just tried brewing a 10 gallon of this last night, what an event!

First the mill tips over, spilling grains all over the concrete floor. Then we fill the keggle mashtun right up to the top for a recirculating mash. All goes well with this until Sparge time and we accidentally sparge out at 190 F. I was nervous about the OG as it looked like it was 1.060 going into pre-boil (might have read from the top of the wort), and we had a boil over losing about 1.5 gallons and creating a huge sticky mess on the floor again. I also miscounted and thought we had 4 oz of EKG, but in reality only had 2, so I subbed in 2oz Cascade for the aroma. Also our cold tap water was at 80F, so I could only get the wort down to 83F before throwing in the towel (1:30 in the morning at this point), pitching the yeast, and tossing it into the fridge.

On top of all that I think I held onto my yeasties for too long because it took a while for the WLP570 to do anything in the starter, which when I bumped it up to the 2L flask took all night (5 days before) to get the stir bar spinning! Not enough torque so it would throw the bar every time the fan actually moved.

Despite all of these disasters, the final OG ended up being 1.080, which after adding 6lbs in the fermenter should get me up to 1.101, and I checked this morning to see it bubbling away at a happy 66F. I'll reply back here in a few months to see if there is any hope for this trainwreck of a brew .

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