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Old 01-04-2013, 01:27 PM   #11
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I just leave mine in the primary till it hits FG. Then another 3-7 days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty. At any rate,don't rack to secondary till the beer is at FG. Otherwise,it can stall.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #12
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Did you leave your bag of steeping grains in during the boil? Couldn't really tell from your pics.
I steeped the grains at 155 for 30 minutes, its the first picture. It worked well instant color with the dip. I kept a close eye on the temp, with a bit of fluctuation, 155-158. I then took it off the heat, added the extract, stirred, back on the heat and stirred a lot more. Hit rolling boil in 30+ minutes.

My last decision to buy a better thermometer was a good call, clipped on the pot, hanging in the wort. My other plan was a short meat style digital, would have been a true noob mistake.

The other pics show the hops bag.

I had an enamel pot, maybe 3 gallon from a brew effort 19 years ago, the pot in the picture is soooo much nicer.

Todays activity.....the fermentation has slowed a bit after 24 hours of good bubblin'.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:13 PM   #13
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Congrats on your first! I just cracked the bottles on my first last week and its great!

Very happy with the way mine came out, hope the same goes for you!

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I just leave mine in the primary till it hits FG. Then another 3-7 days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty. At any rate,don't rack to secondary till the beer is at FG. Otherwise,it can stall.
What is an average time to hit FG? Then you use the secondary strictly for clearing?
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I would suggest skipping secondary for an extra week in primary. You won't hurt anything doing that and cut the chances of infecting/oxidizing your beer.

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What is an average time to hit FG? Then you use the secondary strictly for clearing?
Depends a lot on the brew, temp, pitching, etc. for a "standard" beer (maybe 1.060 or lower) you can often hit FG in a couple of days.

The secondary is used for clearing as well as certain additions - fruit, oak, etc. and also hops, but many dry hop in primary if they aren't going to harvest the yeast.
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I only use secondary for oaking or the like. Mine take longer than a couple days to hit FG. More like 2 weeks or a bit more. Then 3-7 days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty. Then prime & bottle.
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For next time: I think it would be faster and easier if you cooled your boil in the ice bath, then dumped the cooled wort into your near frozen water. Just a thought.
^^^^^^^ this. It will cool the wort down quickly that way. You only need to get it to 80-85 and then adding the cold water will bring it down to mid 60's.

Much faster to cool a smaller volume of liquid than a larger volume.


Congrats on the first brew and welcome to the hobby/addiction.
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at what point do you guys take your first reading from the fermenter?

so if I leave it in the primary, minimal 2 weeks maybe to hit FG, then when thats determined 2-3 days for clearing?

I really want a clear beer, so I don't have to hear......but its cloudy....from the wife. She likes clear beer, know what I mean?

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Let it it sit 3 weeks then take reading. Move fermenter if needed for racking to bottle bucket and let sit a couples days to let it settle again take another reading, rack and bottle.

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