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Old 05-14-2010, 05:58 PM   #41
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Really?

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The cold crashing just speeds up the clearing. It isn't totally necessary.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:07 PM   #42
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I should learn to read more clearly!

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Old 05-14-2010, 06:16 PM   #43
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:44 AM   #44
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Just finished brewing this up, extract.

Really fun experience, first time doing a cereal mash... first time working with flaked corn and barley. The guy at my HB store sold me a grain bag a bit to big for my setup, I wanted one that would fit around my kettle perfectly... this one was massive. And it's a disaster to clean.

Anyway, I ended up having to top off at 5.5gal to get my OG down to 1.05. But I am happy with it... what affects might this have on the beer? Does this mean I got more sugars out of my grain than expected? Or my boil off was greater then expected?

Excited to try this. I don't know if I will be able to cold crash it. I did filter the wort through the clean grain bag when I poured it into my primary... thinking that might help clear it up. Something I started doing last batch, who knows if I should be or not.

Thanks for the recipe, I will let you know how it turns out.

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Old 05-15-2010, 12:57 PM   #45
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It sounds like it went great! I would love to get feedback and tasting notes!

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a tip on cleaning the bag is to turn it inside out and shake off, rinse off what you can. Hang it up and let it dry, then flap it outside a couple times. Fold it up and put it away.

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So, 6 days in the primary and so far I'm sitting at 1.022 (ambient 63 degrees). I was hoping to move to my secondary to cold crash tomorrow... but I assume I need to let it sit for another couple days? The krausen hadn't fallen yet.

Haven't been in this situation yet. Since I overshot my SG, is it going to take longer to get to my FG? There is minimal airlock activity, but I know not to judge that.

The sample pulled from my thief did NOT look appealing! Cloudy greenish yellow liquid, and thick. But don't judge a book by it's cover.

So what are my next steps, let it sit longer?

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So, 6 days in the primary....

...So what are my next steps, let it sit longer?

Absolutely. At the very minimum wait for the krausen to fall. 2-3 weeks.
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I brought it up to my main level to raise ambient temp a few degrees. If I let it sit another couple weeks, would I forgo the seconday and cold crashing? That's my initial plan at time of brewing. Primary for 7, seconday for 14 with 4-5 days of cold crashing at the start.

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Old 05-21-2010, 12:28 PM   #50
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So when I moved the pale up last night I also gave it a light swirl.

Checked it this morning, ambient temp 68 and it's bubbling away again!

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