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Old 11-22-2012, 01:44 AM   #21
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That's the primary?? Looks clean...too clean. Fermentation happened there??

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Old 11-22-2012, 02:53 AM   #22
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That's the primary?? Looks clean...too clean. Fermentation happened there??
You know, that was exactly my first reaction. I was expecting to see some croisan, but it was just....well.....flat. I am new to this, but certainly had a bubbling airlock and a drop on my SG readings. I supposed I just need to wait as planned....unless there is something else I can do at this point.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:30 AM   #23
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After 6 days it only dropped to 1.034 from 1.064? What yeast did you use? This is very curious to me and not to mention another reason to leave the beer in primary for 2 full weeks.

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Old 11-22-2012, 03:35 AM   #24
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I used Muntons Ale Yeast (dry). Honestly, I wasn't sure if introduced enough oxygen into the wort before I pitched the yeast, but once the airlock starting bubbling the next day, I thought I was in good shape....

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Old 11-22-2012, 05:07 AM   #25
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I used Muntons Ale Yeast (dry). Honestly, I wasn't sure if introduced enough oxygen into the wort before I pitched the yeast, but once the airlock starting bubbling the next day, I thought I was in good shape....
Hmm. I can take 1.064 down to 1.012-15 in 4-6 days, hence my concern. I'm curious to hear where it's at in a couple days.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:01 AM   #26
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Happy Thanksgiving all. Today I took a look at the carboy and noticed some very light activity in the airlock. so....... I'll check in 12 days (take a SG reading), if the day 13 and 14 check are the same, off to bottles it goes!

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #27
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Bottling Day!

It's been three weeks since brew day, and subsequent SG readings have been stable. So, let the bottling begun!

I started by sanitizing my bottling bucket, wand, and auto siphon.

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I then placed my caps in sanitizing solution.

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The night before, I placed 48 bottles in the dish washer (no soap) and ran on the sanitary cycle. I then gave each bottle a quick rinse in the sanitizing solution and placed back in the dishwasher upside down to drain.

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I added the priming sugar to 1 cup water and boiled for 5 minutes.

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I then placed the pot in an ice bath to expedite the cooling of the solution.



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I racked the beer from the carboy to the bottling bucket.

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I ended up with 44 bottles. Had a little spill when the hose came off the spigot, and another when the bottling wand got stuck.

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I'm gonna give the first bottle a taste on Dec 19th. I'll keep you all posted.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:47 AM   #28
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Did you make sure to shake the primary for a solid 5min to airiate ? There should have been a nice ring in the primary.

Next kit you buy. If you go with dry yeast. Buy a 11g pack of name brand yeast. Safe ale 05 is a safe bet. The Muntons if I'm not mistaken is only 6 grams.

Use a calculator such as "mr malty" to give you a idea .

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:06 PM   #29
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Well well. Oops! So, I originally claimed my OG reading seemed too high. Last night before I bottled, my FG seemed high, but had remained stable for 3 readings. So, I added my priming sugar and proceeded. Last night I was thinking, "what if I have a spike in the bottles, and create a bottle bomb!?" So, this morning I took one of my bottles and tested again.....however, this time with a hydrometer instead of my refractometer. Wouldn't you know, the hydrometer reading was much lower than the refractometer reading using the same sample. The hydrometer was 1.018 when the recipe calls for 1.014 FG. My refractometer was reading 1.038!! My question is that since this new reading was taken AFTER adding the priming sugar and about 12 hours in the bottle, how much do you think this new reading is skewed? I'm thinking it might be reading high, but that would mean I am closer to the recipe FG. Thoughts??

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #30
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As long as your readings were stable for 3 days, RDWHAHB!

Remember, adding any sugar will raise the specific gravity of the solution.

You're fine!

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