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Old 10-28-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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this is my first batch i have been around brewing for a while and understand it for the most part. it will be a extract brew(cant wait to get to all grain) American Pale ale kit by brewers best. Im changing the recipe a bit from the directions. I put it all in to beersmith and it said my bittering would be a little bit low. the recipe calls for a 2.5gal boil, anything wrong with boosting that to a 3gal boil takes the ibu's from a 35 to a 38.9. i know this is my first batch and im already experimenting, but if i have the ability why shouldnt it oh the the the bitterness ratio is .784 with the 3 gal boil, ps beersmith is awesome, will have to purchase this when the trial is up. tried the free one that worked on mac and it sucked, whipped out my netbook and got beersmith, man i knew i would find a good use for a pc one day BREW COMPUTER!!!! a buddy and i are undertaking the brewing together, makes things cheaper for the both of us as we want to get to all grain asap, this site is awesome and i went from having no idea about all grain to having a good understanding of how to do it, but first things furst lets get the first few batches under our belts.

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Old 10-28-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Totally do the larger boil. Bigger boil = better hop utilization. I at a minimum do a 3 gallon boil. If my stove didn't suck so much, I would do full boils.

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i have a 4 gallon pot so 3 is all i feel safe using, also how long should i leave it in the fermenter? i was figuring 10-14 days, i know its after ferment finishes but how long after that? then how long in the bottle i was figuring 3 weeks or would 2 be suficient.

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Longer is better. Slower is better. Three weeks primary, three weeks bottle conditioning minimums.

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i have a 4 gallon pot so 3 is all i feel safe using, also how long should i leave it in the fermenter? i was figuring 10-14 days, i know its after ferment finishes but how long after that? then how long in the bottle i was figuring 3 weeks or would 2 be suficient.
That usually depends on the brewer. But there is always the 1-2-3 thumbrule. 1 week primary, two weeks secondary, three weeks bottle conditioning. This is assuming you plan to use a secondary fermenter. Just remember to take your gravities to check if fermentation is complete.

Personally, I usually do 7-10 days primary and then a month in the secondary.

Good luck to you and your brew. Its a fun and addictive hobby. Cheers!
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I'll just echo what others have said. Do as high volume of a boil as you can, just ensure to adjust your recipe accordingly. Also, personally, I normally do 2-3 weeks in the primary and at least 2 weeks in the secondary for clearing. To each his own.

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That usually depends on the brewer. But there is always the 1-2-3 thumbrule. 1 week primary, two weeks secondary, three weeks bottle conditioning. This is assuming you plan to use a secondary fermenter. Just remember to take your gravities to check if fermentation is complete.

Personally, I usually do 7-10 days primary and then a month in the secondary.

Good luck to you and your brew. Its a fun and addictive hobby. Cheers!

The 1-2-3 is an older rule, but still works if that's what you want to do.

many, many of us now just leave it in the primary for 4 weeks (or more), then bottle and leave it 3 weeks.

Temperature Control is also important. Pitch your yeast lower than 75F, and keep it at 65F if you can (assuming ales), at least for the first week. There are many methods for that - from temp control on an old fridge to swamp coolers or other ice-chest rigs.

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my basement is a consistent 63-66 degrees almost all year. its a little warmer today so its up to maybe 65 right now it will get down to 60 sometimes. only a primary planned for this one. may pickup a carboy is a 5 gal carboy sufficient or should i go 6.5 for secondary

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my basement is a consistent 63-66 degrees almost all year. its a little warmer today so its up to maybe 65 right now it will get down to 60 sometimes. only a primary planned for this one. may pickup a carboy is a 5 gal carboy sufficient or should i go 6.5 for secondary

If you are using the carboy for a secondary, go with the 5 gal size. Helps to keep the oxygen out of it. If for a primary, go with the 6.5gal.
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Welcome to a wonderful obsession!

I know "rules of thumb" are very useful when starting out, but keep in mind that every brew is different. I have a Big Hefe that is just now beginning to settle down after an active fermentation that lasted two and a half weeks. It went from an OG of 1.064 to 1.010; I have had other brews finish much earlier. Rely on your measurements and above all else, patience for the best result.

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