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Old 02-03-2014, 02:54 AM   #11
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Well, that's good to know. Now I can use that time (and the second fermenter) to brew a whole new batch. And yes, I seem to get a very low yield out of each batch, about 6 12 oz bottles out of a gallon. Hopefully with a single, longer fermentation that number will improve (maybe to 7)

Do you bother to check specific gravity during those three weeks to see how it's going or do you just let it go three weeks, regardless?

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With a one gallon batch, you haven't much to spare. I'd let it go three weeks and check once. If you're at expected FG, bottle it.

Doing 5.25 gallons in a 6.5 gallon bucket, I usually have a bit more than I can fit in the keg anyway, so I don't worry about using beer for samples. I pitch plenty of yeast and control temps so for ales I'll take the first sample at 10-14 days and another 4 days later. If the numbers match, I'll crash it to 35-36*F 5-7 days to clear. Lagers are a bit different. I'm checking gravity on those starting at a week to see when it should go up in temp for a d-rest.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:37 PM   #12
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Mine exploded this morning and got all over my ceiling, walls, and bed. The wife was not very pleased but the room smelled great. I did a starter and used a nutrient blend in the wort. Here are some pics.

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Old 02-04-2014, 07:57 AM   #13
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Kinesiology, ugh, I have to think that your brew is too hot. I see it's in a cooler but it's full of water, so eventually it all get to the same temperature. In the cooler is ok, with some water is ok, but only a couple of inches ! Then an old tee shirt to wick up and evaporate off taking the heat with it.
I see the wire in the back right, is that a heater in there?

If you see foaming like this the solution is to get the temperature down, your solution of putting it in water I think you will find kept the temperature up.

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