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Old 01-09-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default First batch in the primary

Well me first batch just went into the carboy about 15 min. ago. I did a Brewer's Best Bold Series American Nut Brown. I feel everything went great. The question is I'm using a 5gal. Better Bottle, I bought a cap that has 2 nipples on it and have a 5/8's tube connected to one of the nipples and in a jug of StarSan and the other is capped off. Should I be good on blow off? I thought I would leave it on till next week and rack to another Better Bottle and airlock it.

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:31 PM   #2
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Congrats! I haven't used that setup(still a noob), but it seems like it should be good, the pressure will go out the tube and not the capped off part unless for some reason the tube gets clogged...

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:32 PM   #3
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Leave it in primary for two weeks. If you feel like a secondary at that point, go for it. If not, you can bottle straight from primary.

As for blowoff, you should be fine, but 5 gallon bottles are typically too small for a 5 gallon batch. Get something bigger.

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:44 PM   #4
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Oh one other question. The Recipes starting gravity is 1.059-1.063 I'm at a 1.070 what will this do? Higher alcohol content?

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:46 PM   #5
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Sounds like your blow off set-up is right on. You really should leave your beer in the primary for at least 10-14 days minimum for most ales. That being said my last brew was in the primary fermenter for a month with no secondary. Once your sure fermentation is complete(3 steady hydrometer readings) move your beer to a cooler location(basement,garage,fridge) where it won't freeze and let it sit for a week. You'll have a fully fermented, crystal clear brew. Welcome to HBT

p.s:where in KY are you?

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Oh one other question. The Recipes starting gravity is 1.059-1.063 I'm at a 1.070 what will this do? Higher alcohol content?
Chances are you wort wasn't fully mixed with your top off water so you got a higher reading. Extract batches have a pretty predictable gravity. But in theory yes, a higher OG will produce a stronger brew.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:58 PM   #7
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I'm in the ville. Not to far down from Y' ALL. Thanks for the heads up. I stirred her around pretty good I thought, but probably not enough.

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Cool. My brother moved down around St. Matthews a couple months ago not too far from the BBC. If your ever up this way give me a shout and we'll meet for a brew.

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Old 01-10-2009, 12:12 AM   #9
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For Sure!....

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I stirred her around pretty good I thought, but probably not enough.
did you temperature correct as well? That can change your OG by a few points (although "up" if you took the reading higher than 60*F)
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