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Old 08-13-2014, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default A comedy of errors.

Brewday was Saturday, overshot my recipe due to me fighting low efficiency..

1:Combination of better mash control and using my own mill, I hit north of 80%.

Was expecting 1.060 SG, but that was my pre-boil gravity. My English Bitter became an English IPA/Extra Strong Bitter. SG was 1.075, no problem.

2:Knew I might need to ramp up my starter. Went and checked on it.....WTF!!??
Gravity barely moved after 30hrs. Not liking the looks of this.

3: I ferment in Sanke 1/4 barrels (6 gallon batches ferment under pressure), chilled wort, filled sanke, placed spear into keg and turn and keep loose, place plastic keg cap on top.

4: Revisit starter. I think its dead Jim!!! >Bones, my name is Steve<

Saturday evening, all LHBS within a 45minute drive one way are closed until Tuesday.

5: Me saying to myself "Hey, I've done this overnight before to get to pitching temps, no problem, what is an extra two days".

6: Get home from work and LHBS today, go down stairs and my keg is foaming away, blowing past the spear and cap.

7: Me..."Hmmmm..I guess I was sloppy on sanitizing the serving keg used as a fermenter this time." It was rinsed, filled half way with Star-san (couple weeks old), shake like it owes me money. Spray spear from spray bottle. How can an impatient rookie like me mess this up?

8: Decide not to use the Dry yeast I just bought (needed short lag time I thought). RDWHAHB and see what combo of previous yeast that could have been left behind in keg and wild animals are eating my wort.

I'll give it a couple days and see if it ferments out. Sample it, and see what I get. Doesn't seem right to seal the keg now and attach pressure valve.

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Old 08-13-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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You'll either get a sour or there were some yeast dregs from something else in there seems to me?...

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I figure the same. Going to take a gravity reading and see where it is tonight.

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Gravity was 1.050 last night. Hydrated and pitched Notty to clean up. Not sure I like the sample, but heck, I never had a sour or under fermented EPA to know the difference.

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Next time instead of using starsan to sanitize the keg put some water in it and throw it on your burner.

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