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Old 01-23-2010, 01:27 PM   #41
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Great thread. I have my first batch fermenting now. I was going to bottle it when the hydrometer readings were constant but now I think I will wait at least another week after that. I am brewing a simple amber ale from extract.

A quick question. After I bottle how long should it set in the bottles and what temperature should I keep the bottles at? I have a problem with keeping the temps down. I live in a log house with in-the-floor heating and it wants to keep the temp around 72F.

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:16 PM   #42
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I found this thread, one day too late. I bottled my True Brew Oktoberfest kit after 8 days, which was last night. I did do 2 hydrometer reading over a 3 day period and they were the same. Also the kit said to store it in a cool dark place for 7 days then place in the fridge for another 3 weeks. Is this also not a good practice? Worst case scenario I'll know if it is good in 4 weeks.

Now that my primary is freed up, I'll start another batch now and this way I won't be in a hurry to bottle it and give it time in the primary. Thanks for the great info so far. This is my first batch so I'm a little nervous, even though I see a lot of RDWHAHB (or something like that). I guess for now I'll RDWHACB since I don't have any home brew now.

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Old 04-03-2010, 09:00 PM   #43
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quick question- how does one take hydrometer readings without aerating the beer?

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Old 04-03-2010, 10:18 PM   #44
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quick question- how does one take hydrometer readings without aerating the beer?
Just use a sanitized wine thief or even a turkey baster, and take out some beer, putting it into a test jar. When you get enough, just place the lid and airlock back on. There should be no pouring, stirring, etc, to aerate the beer.
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I use a turkey baster. Drink what is in the hydrometer. Don't return it to the fermenter. Marvel at how much better it will be after it is carbonated, cooled and aged.

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Old 04-04-2010, 02:19 AM   #46
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I'm very happy I caught this thread - we checked the hydrometer today (7th day was planning on bottling per kit instructions) and the reading looked to be 2.8 apv.. gonna give it at least another week now. glad we didn't blindly follow the directions

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Old 04-04-2010, 05:27 AM   #47
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The thing about those canned kits is that if you have a pipeline running low and dont mind the lack of creative control, they can be a god-send.

Since I've started giving my beer a month in primary (the non canned type that is) I've given the canned stuff AT LEAST 2 weeks sometimes as long as 3 weeks (depends on my pipeline). Its just become habit to me to give even the (what I consider to be) inferior stuff proper time.

As far as crappy instructions go, I suppose they're everywhere. I've done a lot of kits from midwest supplies and have come to the conclusion that a few have had bad instuctions.

Perfect example:

The very first kit of theirs I did was called "Honey Bee Ale" and they instructed the brewer to throw the 2 pounds of honey straight in the boil along with DME/LME. Come drinking time, there was hardly any hint of honey anything.

If I brewed that kit again (and I'm thinking about it) I would throw the honey in after flame out when the temp went down to about 165.

Point is, I think that by throwing the honey in to boil for an hour, it ruined all the flavor.

DISCLAIMER: I still think Midwest Supplies is great. Never had a problem with them.

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Hi All,

I'm in the middle of brewing my first batch of beer... India Pale Ale, it's a Brewer's Best kit I picked up at my local home brew store. I'm on day 3 in the primary and the bubbling has already slowed to almost nothing. I was planning on bottling this weekend if the SG reading was good. Now I'm reconsidering based on this thread.

My question is, if leave it in the primary for another week or so, can I wait to take the SG reading until I'm ready to bottle? I guess I'm wondering if opening the top of the primary and exposing the beer to air just to check the SG reading could potentially cause contamination of some kind? Wouldn't leaving a cushion of CO2 in the primary be better?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi All,

I'm in the middle of brewing my first batch of beer... India Pale Ale, it's a Brewer's Best kit I picked up at my local home brew store. I'm on day 3 in the primary and the bubbling has already slowed to almost nothing. I was planning on bottling this weekend if the SG reading was good. Now I'm reconsidering based on this thread.

My question is, if leave it in the primary for another week or so, can I wait to take the SG reading until I'm ready to bottle? I guess I'm wondering if opening the top of the primary and exposing the beer to air just to check the SG reading could potentially cause contamination of some kind? Wouldn't leaving a cushion of CO2 in the primary be better?

Thanks for any help!
Definitely don't bottle this weekend!

Take an SG reading about three- four days before you want to bottle. Then, another one on the day before you bottle. If they are the same, you're fine. Opening it to take the samples is fine.

Don't bottle a beer until it is 2 weeks old at a minimum. Three weeks is even better. It's hard to wait- but it's worth it!
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Hi All,

I'm in the middle of brewing my first batch of beer... India Pale Ale, it's a Brewer's Best kit I picked up at my local home brew store. I'm on day 3 in the primary and the bubbling has already slowed to almost nothing. I was planning on bottling this weekend if the SG reading was good. Now I'm reconsidering based on this thread.

My question is, if leave it in the primary for another week or so, can I wait to take the SG reading until I'm ready to bottle? I guess I'm wondering if opening the top of the primary and exposing the beer to air just to check the SG reading could potentially cause contamination of some kind? Wouldn't leaving a cushion of CO2 in the primary be better?

Thanks for any help!
We are practically neighbors. I guess you shopped at the Indian Trail location?

Your assumption is right, if you are going to wait another week, there's no reason to take a sample in the meantime. Take the sample 3 days before you bottle, then again right before you bottle to verify it hasn't changed. Everytime you open the lid, you expose the beer to contamination. It's just a fact of life. You have to open it from time to time, without risk there is no reward. But there is no reason in taking a risk when it isn't necessary.
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