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grem135 11-25-2012 03:05 PM

keeps getting easier.... Thanks HBT Pros
Just brewed a NB Town Hall brewing King and Hope Scotch Ale on Friday using everything I learned here so far.
I built a stirplate using a super quite 80mm fan and made a stepped starter (1ltr decanted then additional 500ml) Guess I need a 2 liter flask.
I was given 40ft of 3/8 copper that I made a wort chiller with. Worked great 190 to 68f in 15 minutes.
I also treated my water with campden since my water company uses cloramine. Swamp cooler is keeping the beer in the low to mid 60's and it has a continuous flow of bubbles from the blow off tube for 1 1/2 days now. :rockin:
NB recommends 2 week primary and 4 secondary but I plan on probably 6 week primary then bottle.
I am really looking forward to this one being a Great beer!
The only goof I can think of was pitching my yeast.. Stirbar and all and I had the fricken magnet in my hand.. guess i got to excited! oh well.:rockin:

unionrdr 11-25-2012 03:12 PM

3 or 4 week primary may likely be fine. I leave it in primary myself till it reaches FG. Then another 3-7 days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty. Then package.

F250 11-25-2012 03:17 PM

Grem, sounds like you're both having fun and brewing good beer. :tank:

About your city water, can you smell or taste the chloramine in it?


grem135 11-25-2012 03:18 PM

I was thinking maybe 4 weeks myself with 4 weeks in bottle as an alternative. From the comments on NB site for this it seems this beer really likes the extra time in fermenter and bottle.

unionrdr 11-25-2012 03:23 PM

I've found even my hoppy beers are best on average at 4 weeks in the bottle. 3-4 weeks primary depending on the yeast.

grem135 11-25-2012 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by F250 (Post 4619348)
Grem, sounds like you're both having fun and brewing good beer. :tank:

About your city water, can you smell or taste the chloramine in it?


Our water actually tastes pretty good, or maybe i'm just used to it. After reading the water report and stuff on here I figured why not, campden is cheap and i have my future mashtun to treat the water in. I really need to setup the ball valve in it though, holding that button for the boil and topoff water gave me a hand cramp ;)

grem135 11-25-2012 04:57 PM

In my previous batches I had trouble keeping temps stable for steeping grains (got over 170) so this time I heated my water to about 160 and poured over the bagged grains in a 2 gallon cooler. Temp ended up being about 153-154f for the 30 minute steep. Really stoked about this one!

grem135 11-26-2012 04:36 PM

After 2 days of very active fermentation on 3rd day I decided to replace the blow off tube with an airlock. Almost immediately the airlock started bubbling faster than I ever saw it on previous brews. After about a 30 seconds it had the starsan in the airlock foaming up out of the cap! I reinstalled the blow off tube. Last thing I need is a volcanic eruption all over my computer workbench and server!
I don't know if this is normal for a 1.060 OG and/or a good yeast starter but its fricken awesome! :ban:
Since I am low on homebrew so I think I better restock with some craft beers so I'm not temped to rush this one. :mug:

unionrdr 11-26-2012 08:18 PM

I've had 1.04X brews go beersuvious on me before. A good initial fermentation can give a blow off rig a real workout. But I don't use starsan in the airlocks. It foams up way to easily. So I use cheap vodka instead. Anything that gets in it dies of alcohol poisoning,& no foaming.

grem135 12-19-2012 05:46 PM

WOW! Warm and flat this is fricken awesome! In fact its better flat than my last batch after 2 months in the bottle.
If i wasn't bitten by the HB bug before well......... it will be 4 weeks in primary Friday and cant bottle till monday. Its going to be a long 3-4 weeks waiting on this one.

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