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Old 01-21-2014, 05:31 PM   #21
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Ok thanks. I'm away this weekend so it will have slightly longer than a week. I'll give it another try start of next week.

Hope your beer so signs of carbing!

Glad your better and hopefully his magic won't wear off!

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:00 PM   #22
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More time is likely a good thing, and certainly shouldn't hurt.

I tried another beer last night and it has improved a little, but still not nearly as much as it ought to be.

The magic he did was crazy, and shouldn't wear off. He deflated my lung again and sprayed something like talcum powder in my chest cavity. This rubs the inside of the chest and the lungs raw, and causes them to heal together, much like grafting with plants. So were I to get another hole in my lung it couldn't actually deflate. Just hope the other lung doesn't develop a problem!

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...tasting a beer at 1 week, and again at 2....that to me just means there 2 less beers that are actually tasting good and are ready at the end.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:14 PM   #23
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Hey man. Hope your well.

So, roughly after three weeks in the pressure barrel, still indoors in the warm I decided to try a little again tonight. The taste is lovely, the look is golden, clear and good. Only down side, still no fizz / carbonation? It had kinda those little air pockets / bubbles on top, one or two. If that makes sense?

At the weekend I'm planning on putting it in the shed and wrapping it to ensure it does not get to cold.

Does it need more time to create the fizz or think I may have a air leak in barrel or done something wrong?

Hope your beer has improved!


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Old 02-02-2014, 02:04 AM   #24
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JUst got back from vacation. Doing quite well thanks!

I'm thinking we may have both been sabotaged as my beer isn't well carbed either and it ought to be quite carbed (2.6 volumes). It's been conditioning a while and chilled a week.

I'm not sure why mine isn't, and I've not had a major issue (some minor ones though), and so if you followed everything correctly it ought to be done right. If it's not I'd guess there was a leak or it was a drop in temperature, which is what I'm thinking may have happened with mine since my beer room gets colder than most of the house when it's cold outside. But yours was by the heater, right?

I'm not familiar with how your barrel works, and I understand that to get the CO2 into solution it has to be chilled for 3 or more days (I give mine a week).

Is your barrel small enough to fit into the fridge? Or do you have somewhere you can put it where it won't freeze but will stay under 50* F? I'm guessing this is your problem.

My hazelnut has improved both in taste and carbonation, but is suffering from head retention problems. And my stout wasn't right and was quite sweet. So much so that I poured it out and swapped what was in my fridge for another 12 pack. It also had no carbonation. Maybe another week of conditioning helped. And my jalapeño beer still is barely carbed, but it sure tastes good. Don't mind the extremely low carbonation.

I was intending on buying a bullet casting mold for my percussion guns, but I might just buy more beer ingredients as I'm disappointed in what I made. A big setback as I've done fairly well for a long time now. Some of my problems had to do with trying large mashes and having problems. And going to the hospital kept me from keeping a close eye on them. Just wait until the beer's done before I go next time, right?

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Old 02-02-2014, 03:08 PM   #25
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Glad to hear some of your brews are doing ok. Funny that we seem to have a similar issue.

I'm pretty please with mine for a first attend just a little sad about the no carb. I'm thinking tonight I'm going to use the co2 then you recommend I leave it for a while to sink Into the beer before trying it?

Thanks for all your help.


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By adding CO2 are you talking about force crabbing it with pressurized CO2?

If so I'm not sure how long it takes to work or if the temp needs to be adjusted.

When carbonating it with sugar it'll take a few weeks to condition, and then need to be chilled for 3-7 days depending on the temp.

At what temp has it been sitting and for how long?

What did you do to carbonate it?

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Old 02-20-2014, 12:30 PM   #27
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Hey. How are you doing?

So, I've nearly finished drinking my first brew, it's not great but not a complete right off. Figure out the pressure issue, the washer on the lid had slipped and become misplaced so will remember this for next brew.

I've just started brewing a export stout, I added black treacle and vanilla extract (good idea?) hoping for a kinda vanilla stout?

I plan on pressure barreling it again but I have got a few swing top beer bottles I plan on using for a few beers to see the difference.

How are your brews coming along?


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Old 02-20-2014, 01:47 PM   #28
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Doing well, thanks for asking!

I assume you are also doing well?

I'm glad you found your carbonation problem. It seemed a leak was likely the culprit, but not knowing anything about a pressure barrel left me clueless.

Nice idea to try bottling alongside for comparison! Let me know how that works out if you don't mind.

I've used a very small portion of molasses (treacle) along with brown sugar, and it was nice (brown ale). But it wasn't enough to make a big impact.

Vanilla is something, for me, that needs to be subdued. I've had a vanilla porter that was a bit overbearing. But the idea of vanilla with something roasty like a stout ought to be nice!

It's always nice to be able to drink your own beer, even if it's not quite stellar. I'll have to remember that if my other two don't improve more.

My hazelnut brown is better, but is just off a bit, and hadn't kept it's head, which formed well, but disappeared rather quickly.

The oatmeal coffee stout is a very strange tasting beer. I'm afraid I may have used too much oatmeal, but it never carbed up right.

I took them out of the fridge and didn't put any back in for a week to allow extra time since it seems it's needed. I usually pull what I had out and stick another 12 pack in right away as it had an extra week of conditioning.

I'll likely be trying both of them today to see how they've matured as I'll be drinking some of my beer with my neighbors tomorrow, and if they are good enough I'll bring them out too. I don't have enough jalapeño beer to go around for an evening. I usually bring out a 12 pack for the 3 of us, and sometimes go back in for more...

My jalapeño cream ale is great, except that, as I've been told, the jalapeños have oils that kill head retention. It also seems the jalapeño taste and spice are fading a bit, but it's still quite good. I'll be making it again, though with more jalapeños and in a larger batch!

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