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Let it settle back into the wort 26 66.67%
Blow it off 4 10.26%
Both, depends on the situation 9 23.08%
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:26 PM   #11
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A good extract recipe is what I'm looking for.

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Old 09-21-2006, 10:04 PM   #12
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What mine was was a partial mash, not too far from an extract recipe. Just sub in some wheat LME for the red german wheat grain. You can, at least, do this recipe as an extract recipe just by steeping grains.

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My primary is 6.5 gal. Sometimes though I still need a blow off tube. Depends on the situation really. Usually I put an airlock on till I have reason to do other wise.

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Old 09-22-2006, 01:02 AM   #14
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The only time I even got close to needing a blowoff tube was with a barleywine, which had an OG of 1.123...so those nottinghams had a lot to chew on.

Orpheus, I'll second that one... Been fermenting a wheat doppelbock for the past week, and my aging/fermentation room has smelled like ripe bananas...yum! What yeast did you use on your hefe? I'm using the Wyeast 3333, German Wheat. Cheers to those bastards, who have done a hell of a job! I cannot wait to taste it.
I used the Wyeast Smack Pack Weihenstephen.
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:00 AM   #15
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My primary is 6.5 gal. Sometimes though I still need a blow off tube. Depends on the situation really. Usually I put an airlock on till I have reason to do other wise.
Funny, I do just the opposite. I'm always prepared for blow-off, but I replace the blow-off tube with an airlock when activity settles to a steady bubble every few seconds - or when I rack for clearing/conditioning.
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Funny, I do just the opposite. I'm always prepared for blow-off, but I replace the blow-off tube with an airlock when activity settles to a steady bubble every few seconds - or when I rack for clearing/conditioning.
I live in an apartment so dont have a lot of space. Don't get me wrong if I think 6.5 is not going to be enough room I put the blow off tube on, but an airlock is just less trouble...... less to bump into and knock over that kinda thing.
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I use a 7.9 gallon bucket with a spigot for my 5.5 gallon batches. No blow off problems and I can rack a full 5 gallon Better Bottle carboy with leftover for a hyrometer check.

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I use a 7.9 gallon bucket with a spigot for my 5.5 gallon batches. No blow off problems and I can rack a full 5 gallon Better Bottle carboy with leftover for a hyrometer check.
Hey I got one of them... I wanted another primary... just remembered of my visit the the LHBS today... the hell of it is getting the damm lid off. Just bought a lid remover they started ordering cause I suppose the problem is common Think my problem is solved
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Hey I got one of them... I wanted another primary... just remembered of my visit the the LHBS today... the hell of it is getting the damm lid off. Just bought a lid remover they started ordering cause I suppose the problem is common Think my problem is solved
Cool. Let me know how it works. I may get one of those too. Those lids are tough on the fingers sometimes.

I like the 7.9 gallon size. Room for my 5.5 batch with loads of head room.
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Cool. Let me know how it works. I may get one of those too. Those lids are tough on the fingers sometimes.

I like the 7.9 gallon size. Room for my 5.5 batch with loads of head room.
I got it at Aventures in Homebrewing... it was only like $5.50. I'll certainly post how it works
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