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Old 02-01-2014, 10:46 PM   #21
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I was wondering that too petie.

I just took another gravity reading and it is still at 1.016 so it hasn't changed in several days. Honestly, I think it tastes a little better but still the same, just not as POW! as before but that could be my palate.

I did go buy a pack of SA-05 on the way home from work yesterday just in case. If I added sugar (not sure I need because it already tastes kinda sweet and syrupy), what would I add? Bottling sugar? I assume I wouldn't want to disturb the wort too much if at all when adding yeast and possibly sugar?

I just want to get the beer to smell and taste better to be drinkable so I don't wast the time and effort so far, I don't care about getting drunk this go round

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Old 02-01-2014, 11:00 PM   #22
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Bottle it! keep it warm, like 72 for 3 weeks and then enjoy it. It will get better every day. The best bottling process I can suggest is Revvy's and it is right here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ebrewer-94812/

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Old 02-03-2014, 12:03 AM   #23
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I rehydrated and pitched the SA-05 yeast in there at about 3AM this morning. It is bubbling at about the same rate it was after 2 weeks (approx. one bubble every 2 minutes). I hope this will get rid of some more of the sugars and clean it up a little in a couple of weeks.

I kind of expected more bubbling action but maybe since there is less sugars in there it is slower?

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I checked the gravity today and it was right around 1.012 and it looked, smelled, and tasted more like beer instead of the syrupy bitter taste before. I primed and bottled today 25 - 12oz. bottles and the rest in 5 1/2 - 64oz. brown bottles. Hopefully I will get some decent drinkable beer in several weeks or more.

Incidentally I checked the gravity a couple of weeks ago and it was higher like around 1.020 but it was bubbling pretty good at that point.

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The beer in the bottles came out drinkable, kind of tastes a little like some "green" beer but my cousin likes it so I might give it all to him....I can barely drink one beer and I have had enough. It seems carbonated enough and has a nice creamy head with really fine bubbles but the head doesn't stay for long.

I opened one of the 64oz bottles over the weekend and it is flat, seems like it didn't carbonate. I hope they aren't all that way.

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The beer in the bottles came out drinkable, kind of tastes a little like some "green" beer but my cousin likes it so I might give it all to him....I can barely drink one beer and I have had enough. It seems carbonated enough and has a nice creamy head with really fine bubbles but the head doesn't stay for long.

I opened one of the 64oz bottles over the weekend and it is flat, seems like it didn't carbonate. I hope they aren't all that way.
The head not staying long is often due to soap residue in the glass. Make up a salt paste to scrub the glass with. Pickling salt or kosher salt is best. They are not iodized.
Put some bottles away to condition longer. Some bad beers can taste pretty good after a few months of aging. Try one a week just to check. Chill each one a couple of days before opening.
I hope they turn out for you. Experience can be great teacher. It is also sometimes a bummer.
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