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Old 04-01-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I really appreciate the help so far. It is awesome!

I am not the hugest fan of sediment. Not because of the looks as much as the texture. What are the best ways to take care of this?

I have heard a secondary fermentor. Can I use the reservoir True Brew gives for bottling?

How about straining/filtering? I don't have much cash, so buying a filter is not an option. I used cheese cloth and coffee filters once. I also used a fine metal strainer, but the sediment right through. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Should I even care about this at this point in the game? I mean it's my fourth brew. Am I too anal?

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How long do you ferment your beer?

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Are you talking about the sediment in the bottle? If so, and you are bottle conditioning, then those two go hand in hand.

Bottle conditioning means live yeast in the bottle that do the carbonating, and those yeast will form a sediment layer.

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Are you talking about the sediment in the bottle? If so, and you are bottle conditioning, then those two go hand in hand.

Bottle conditioning means live yeast in the bottle that do the carbonating, and those yeast will form a sediment layer.
This is the gospel. Bottle conditioning = sediment. You get use to it and I dont really mind it. It a good source of B-vitamins if you drink it and that's what you deplete when you drink so why not drink it!
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How long do you ferment your beer?
The first 3 I tried I followed the directions (7-8 days).

After reading through this site I am gonna at least do it 2 weeks, probably 3.

I am not sure if this is a stupid question, but can I open the fermentor to get a reading? I don't see any other way, but then why airlock it if I am gonna open it every week to test?
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Are you talking about the sediment in the bottle? If so, and you are bottle conditioning, then those two go hand in hand.

Bottle conditioning means live yeast in the bottle that do the carbonating, and those yeast will form a sediment layer.
Yes, I am bottling. If this is the only way to go, then I have no problem with it. Although, the first brew I ever did, about 8 bottles blew the cap off. Any suggestions as to how that happened?
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This is the gospel. Bottle conditioning = sediment. You get use to it and I dont really mind it. It a good source of B-vitamins if you drink it and that's what you deplete when you drink so why not drink it!
I do have a Niacin deficiency (Vitamin B3)!
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You can open it if you want. I never do. Time makes beer clear. I ferment for a month. If bottling, time in the bottle is also needed as you basically restart the fermentation. Time at room temp creates the Co2 and time in the fridge after that settles the sediment. Done right, you are just a proper pour from having a clear brew.

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Yes, I am bottling. If this is the only way to go, then I have no problem with it. Although, the first brew I ever did, about 8 bottles blew the cap off. Any suggestions as to how that happened?
You either added too much priming sugar or bottled a batch that wasn't done fermenting.
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You either added too much priming sugar or bottled a batch that wasn't done fermenting.
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