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Old 11-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #31
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This question in the "Beginners" forum just reached a whole new level!

Careful you are going to scare the newbies.

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:17 PM   #32
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I've never done a high gravity beer, which would take longer in the primary
This makes a big difference on how long to ferment and explains why you've never fermented past 10-14 days.

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I'm sorry. I forgot to mention I take reading daily after airlock activity stops. When I get 2 days back to back same readings, I know its ready to bottle.

Because, well, I understand chemistry.

But I take my previous statement back. I had a Kolsch in primary for 14 days, due to some dry hopping I did in the primary after gravity was reached. I don't currently use a secondary, and have never had issues with under fermented beer or "bottle bombs". I personally think letting beer sit for 3 weeks is prety useless advice myself, especially when most beers will have been done LONG before that.

Thats the great thing about brewing. its REALLY hard to do "wrong". If you follow the few basic rules, you're going to end up with beer. everything else is personal preference.

Also, the phrase you're looking for is "chock-full".
This, proves that you're an ass.

The question was posted in the "Beginner's" forum and some readers/responders don't even own a hydrometer or know why they should take readings.

Yes educating them is important. Giving them a general rule of thumb of 10-14 days in primary seemed a lot more beneficial than you just saying "I've never left a beer in primary longer than 10 days" without expanding and saying why or how to tell your beer is done, etc.

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:03 PM   #33
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Boy this got confusing fast.

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:14 PM   #34
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Resurrecting this thread as it's more appropriate than starting a new one- so... I should be taking hydrometer readings near the end of fermentation to make sure I get 2-3 consistent readings in a row before I bottle?

And of course, what is the issue with dropping the sanitized hydrometer directly into the wort? Is it going to interfere with getting an accurate reading or is it more of a sanitary issue?
Getting back to your specific questions, It's considered a best practice to check and make sure you get 2-3 consistent readings before bottling. Some people do it, some people don't.

As far as dropping right into the wort, some people some don't, it's a lot of personal preference (as is a lot of homebrewing in general). Do what works best for you.

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:04 PM   #35
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This makes a big difference on how long to ferment and explains why you've never fermented past 10-14 days.



This, proves that you're an ass.

The question was posted in the "Beginner's" forum and some readers/responders don't even own a hydrometer or know why they should take readings.

Yes educating them is important. Giving them a general rule of thumb of 10-14 days in primary seemed a lot more beneficial than you just saying "I've never left a beer in primary longer than 10 days" without expanding and saying why or how to tell your beer is done, etc.

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I'm sorry you think i'm an ass. I consider myself still a beginner, and was offering my opinion as an amateur brewer (like everyone else on this forum). I made a post and wasn't clear about it, and it seems like i've caused a kerfuffle.

Perhaps i should just agree with what everyone is posting rather than offer a contrary opinion.

What happened to RDWHAHB?
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:25 PM   #36
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I'm sorry you think i'm an ass. I consider myself still a beginner, and was offering my opinion as an amateur brewer (like everyone else on this forum). I made a post and wasn't clear about it, and it seems like i've caused a kerfuffle.

Perhaps i should just agree with what everyone is posting rather than offer a contrary opinion.

What happened to RDWHAHB?
Pay him no mind, some people just don't get it and never will. If you don't ask questions you don't learn and part of learning is also trying to reply to others with what you've learned. You'll find you may not always be right but a lot of this is personal choice as I'm sure you're figuring out
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:40 PM   #39
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I'm sorry you think i'm an ass. I consider myself still a beginner, and was offering my opinion as an amateur brewer (like everyone else on this forum). I made a post and wasn't clear about it, and it seems like i've caused a kerfuffle.

Perhaps i should just agree with what everyone is posting rather than offer a contrary opinion.

What happened to RDWHAHB?
I consider myself a beginner too, but that means that most of the advice I try to share on this forum doesn't come from my limited experience, but instead from the experience of more advanced brewers online, in books, and on podcasts. If you still consider yourself a beginner, I wouldn't argue about not letting the yeast clean up after primary fermentation when most of the advanced brewers here will tell you otherwise. If it works for you, great, but it's certainly not the advice you'll get from any knowledgeable source.
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I'm sorry you think i'm an ass. I consider myself still a beginner, and was offering my opinion as an amateur brewer (like everyone else on this forum). I made a post and wasn't clear about it, and it seems like i've caused a kerfuffle.

Perhaps i should just agree with what everyone is posting rather than offer a contrary opinion.

What happened to RDWHAHB?
I didn't think you were an ass until you decided correcting "chalk full" was a smart move!

I like answering the beginner's forum because I have 4 years of mistakes, learning, and getting better under my belt. However when people make smart ass comments in the beginners section when I'm trying to help it gets annoying.
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