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Old 01-12-2013, 01:57 PM   #11
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Also, y'all are attempting 3- 5 gallon kits all at once first brew day ever? Ambitious!

Do you have multiple burners or are you attempting to do this on a range (going to be pressed for space with 5 gallon batches)??? Or are you planning one after another?

This is going to be one long day if the latter is the case!

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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Can we just ferment it to completion in a bucket or once the fermentation settles down should we transfer it to a secondary carboy?

Sorry for all the epic easy questions. I'm sure I could just search around the forum a bit.
No real need to move to secondary unless you are going for other fermentables with a secondary yeast pitch.

All of my brews just stay in primary over the full fermentation period.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:00 PM   #13
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No real need to move to secondary unless you are going for other fermentables with a secondary yeast pitch.

All of my brews just stay in primary over the full fermentation period.
Ditto.. Many brewers still "secondary" for various reasons but as a matter of general technique, it's simply not necessary. Why that step is still on most recipe kit instructions is truly a mystery...
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Ditto.. Many brewers still "secondary" for various reasons but as a matter of general technique, it's simply not necessary. Why that step is still on most recipe kit instructions is truly a mystery...
No real mystery there. You can make money selling carboys to newbies.
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No real mystery there. You can make money selling carboys to newbies.
Unfortunately, you are probably right. It's a short sighted approach though. Set a new brewer up for success, and he'll be a repeat customer. Set him up for failure and/or overcomplicate things, and it's one and done!
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:53 PM   #16
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Ok so I'd like to say we had success...

A) We brewed indoors on a range. We did two batches simultaneously and then we did the third.

B) We noted things throughout that we would improve upon on the next go. First off we're going to get some burners and do it outside. The kitchen was a hot, sticky mess by the time we were done. We want to construct a wort chiller and some other things for our next run. We're way fired up.

C) Somehow the sweet stout kit we made ended up being closer to 1.075 than 1.049 like the directions said. We didn't change anything so that's a mystery.

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Ok so I'd like to say we had success...

A) We brewed indoors on a range. We did two batches simultaneously and then we did the third.

B) We noted things throughout that we would improve upon on the next go. First off we're going to get some burners and do it outside. The kitchen was a hot, sticky mess by the time we were done. We want to construct a wort chiller and some other things for our next run. We're way fired up.

C) Somehow the sweet stout kit we made ended up being closer to 1.075 than 1.049 like the directions said. We didn't change anything so that's a mystery.
Congrats on partial success; especially using a range...
Sweet stout likely hit higher OG because your mash in/ or rather extract in temp was a little high (gave you more fermentable sugars in your wort).

That's okay if you had a healthy yeast pitch (it will just yield a higher ABV)... But if you had a low attenuating or infected yeast you will likely get some weird off flavors in this beer.

Make certain you give these a healthy time to mature in the fermenters and you should be content with the product

Congrats and best of luck!
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Somehow the sweet stout kit we made ended up being closer to 1.075 than 1.049 like the directions said. We didn't change anything so that's a mystery.
Since you were doing extract the likely scenario is that you sampled wort that wasn't mixed well and got a sample of the thicker wort. It's pretty hard to get that far off by any other means,
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Since you were doing extract the likely scenario is that you sampled wort that wasn't mixed well and got a sample of the thicker wort. It's pretty hard to get that far off by any other means,
I agree, there's not enough variablity to go from 1.049 to 1.075. Ether it was unmixed as you say or the measurement was misread or inaccurate in some other way...
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Since you were doing extract the likely scenario is that you sampled wort that wasn't mixed well and got a sample of the thicker wort. It's pretty hard to get that far off by any other means,
Actually we took it twice for just that reason. We took a reading, it was really high so we gave it a crazy stir with the paddle (it's in a fermenting bucket) and took another reading and got the same thing.
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