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Old 01-06-2014, 06:11 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by hoox View Post
OK so tonight I had my New Zealand Harrington's brew club and I asked the head brewer what he thought and he said first up check fermentation temps then mash temp...un/fortunately I will do both so if it comes out good then I will not know the real cause.

Had a Wiesenbock tonight, my first real estery tasting beer and what an experience this way! way diff to other beers I've had.
It's all good and you're gaining useful brew knowledge through this whole experience.

If you haven't already done it, check your thermometer in both boiling water and ice water. Also check it against other thermometers. I have a floater that's a full +7*F off.
Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:38 AM   #12
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...everyone likes a follow up.

Doing my third batch now...currently @ Day 4 of fermenting.

My second batch wasn't so bad and now I'm actually liking the beer very, very, much.

For my third batch, same recipe as second, I used way less water to mash so I could get better temp readings. This helped A LOT, especially finding hot spots of grain sitting there and I could then do a little stir to even it out ~65. I never used the gas hobs after adding grain and just used hot water to top up now and then.

While boiling I did a taste test every 10 minutes to see when the 'bad taste' comes in...if it were to come in on this batch. I figured the hops bitter started to kick in around the 35min mark. I think my first batch, which tasted like alcohol, was perhaps from having too much hops for too long as I may have let it boil a little too long and thus subsequent flavoring hops amped up the bitterness to make it taste like additional alcohols.

I placed the fermentor in the fridge to get down to a solid 18.5 degrees then added the re-hydrated yeast. I got an overflow in the airlock, which I haven't had before, gave it a clean and put it back on. I'm not worried about it, actually I'm thinking that it might be a good sign.

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Hoox... you should seriously consider a blowoff tube if you're having blowoff.

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Old 01-22-2014, 03:30 PM   #14
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I always use blow off tubes just to be safe

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