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Old 09-22-2006, 07:23 PM   #11
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Come to think of it, there was tons of movement. Something has to be doing that!

Guess I'm nervous. I know, I know, don't worry have a homebrew, or somesuch.

Good advice!

How I learned to stop worrying and love the brew.

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:24 PM   #12
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I ran out of sanitized water when transferring to primary and only have about 4.5 gallons of beer. Is it too late to add water? Would that mess up the beer? Would it make a difference at all?

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:53 PM   #13
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I ran out of sanitized water when transferring to primary and only have about 4.5 gallons of beer. Is it too late to add water? Would that mess up the beer? Would it make a difference at all?
you can add water now, or later, or not at all. If you add it later, boil it before adding to remove O2 from it.

If you don't add more water, your beer will be 10% stronger.

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Old 09-23-2006, 12:54 AM   #14
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The beer has been at 72 F the last few hours. The water bath went well, but I need to figure out how to keep it steady.

Do you keep the beer at the same temperature for secondary brewing?

Pictures!

why I gave up on an overflow tube. mouth of my carboy is 2 1/4 inches, and there was no easy way to seal it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23796371@N00/250074355/

so i just covered it, until the krausen goes down. then I'll put on an air lock.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23796371@N00/250074413/

krausen! 5 hours into brew


http://www.flickr.com/photos/23796371@N00/250074848/

12 hours...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23796371@N00/250082271/

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:02 AM   #15
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Sweet! I use a bucket for my primary, so I never get to see the action. Looking good. I hope you sanitized that little bowl you put on the mouth of your carboy.

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:15 AM   #16
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That's definitely kraeusen and it's definitely fermenting away. Congratulations! Welcome to the dark side! Please leave your wallet and soul at the door, you are now a prestigious member of the Zymurgists!

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:20 AM   #17
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Looking pretty shibby!! Now I understand the whole blowout issue....you need to get an oversized stopper bung for that bi@tch. Brew looks like it is going fantastic though! nice job

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:33 AM   #18
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Yep, nice going! Did you use the white plastic tubing for a chiller?

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Sweet! I use a bucket for my primary, so I never get to see the action. Looking good. I hope you sanitized that little bowl you put on the mouth of your carboy.
Yes, I sanitized the bowl, but now I'm freaking out because I don't remember if I sanitized down the neck of the carboy.

And yeah, besides the fun of spending as little as possible (but without skimping on the important stuff) I knew I wanted to use my dad's carboys despite being only 5 gallons so I could see alll that stuff. It also helps me understand the brewing process.


Close up of krausen, with no flash so colors are more accurate.




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Thanks, Orpheus. This has been tons of fun, and I'm not even drinking yet!

I do have the stopper, Truble, and it's drilled for an air lock, but I decided against trying to drill it for the 1" hose.

Yes, the plastic tubing (ice machine hose - 25 ft. for about $4.25, plus another $5 for the whole "system," not that it worked...) was for chilling the wort. I probably shouldn't have messed with it since this is my first brew, but I was having fun. I don't think it did much good, though. I'm going to keep working with it, though. WHat I'd like to do is siphon icewater out of a bucket pressurized by an air compressor. I'm guessing the plastic tubing needs a high temp difference since it doesn't conduct heat well.

Thanks for you comments!
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video of fermentation. I can't believe how much activity there is. (10 seconds, 5 MB!! sorry; I tried to compress it more, but then you couldn't see inside the carboy!)

forget it. link deleted. video sucks, anyway. (didn't see a way to kill post outright). I'll make a good one when there's more light so you can really see it.

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