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Old 01-26-2013, 07:37 AM   #4521
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How cold is to cold when brewing. I started a batch of stout a few days ago and put if in a closet. We had a cold snap in SC and when I checked on it yesterday it was around 60 degrees in the closet. Is that going to make it s bad batch??? I removed it from the closet to a warmer area. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #4522
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How cold is to cold when brewing. I started a batch of stout a few days ago and put if in a closet. We had a cold snap in SC and when I checked on it yesterday it was around 60 degrees in the closet. Is that going to make it s bad batch??? I removed it from the closet to a warmer area. Any help is appreciated.

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Each yeast had a temperature rang where it performs best. In general, temperatures that are too warm can lead to off flavors. At cooler temperatures, the year will slow down and if it gets cool enough, will stop. If this happens, warming it up will generally wake the yeast again. Sometimes, especially with highly flocculant yeast, all the year will drop out and you'll need to gently rock the fermenter to get some yeast back into suspension.

If the closet temperature was 60 and the yeast was already fermenting, the temperature in the fermenter will probably be closer to 65.


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Old 01-27-2013, 02:44 AM   #4523
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I bottled my first batch yesterday, started my second when I had cleaned my keg. I checked it just now, 22 hours after I pitched, and there is A LOT of foam at the top. It looks great, and like shots of glass carboys I've seen, but I don't remember my first keg ever having this much foam, any time I looked at it. It wasn't as active until the second day either.
Can lots of foam be a bad sign, or a good one? Any common reasons my first batch didn't seem so active, especially so early?

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:59 AM   #4524
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I bottled my first batch yesterday, started my second when I had cleaned my keg. I checked it just now, 22 hours after I pitched, and there is A LOT of foam at the top. It looks great, and like shots of glass carboys I've seen, but I don't remember my first keg ever having this much foam, any time I looked at it. It wasn't as active until the second day either.
Can lots of foam be a bad sign, or a good one? Any common reasons my first batch didn't seem so active, especially so early?

Different batches ferment differently. More viable yeast, more optimal temperatures, better station can all lead to more vigorous fermentation. A lack of krausen isn't necessarily a bad thing. If a layer of trub forms, fermentation n is happening.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:58 AM   #4525
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Cool,thanks for reply. Yes, there is more trub than last time too (the stuff on the bottom is called trub all the time, at any stage in the process?). I tasted my last batch and it was fine, I think everything went fine. This one is just going quicker.
I didn't spend a lot of time washing the keg, just used hot water and then sanitzed. Maybe a bad assumption, but I figured it couldn't be that dirty and only with the same stuff that was going to go in it... could stuff from the last batch cause issues?

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Cool,thanks for reply. Yes, there is more trub than last time too (the stuff on the bottom is called trub all the time, at any stage in the process?). I tasted my last batch and it was fine, I think everything went fine. This one is just going quicker.
I didn't spend a lot of time washing the keg, just used hot water and then sanitzed. Maybe a bad assumption, but I figured it couldn't be that dirty and only with the same stuff that was going to go in it... could stuff from the last batch cause issues?
Could stuff from the last batch cause problems?

Yes.

You need to thoroughly clean between batches (including taking the spigot apart). You also need to sanitize.

That's not to say that this batch is bad, but cleaning and sanitizing are key to good beer.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:03 PM   #4527
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I really want clear bottles will this affect my beer taste?

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Clear bottle will GREATLY increase the likely hood of hops skunking. Light greatly degrades hops and skunks the beer in turn. If you are super careful to keep the bottles completely dark, clear is... ok. But the likelihood that you will have skunked beer is hugely increased.

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:32 PM   #4529
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I have a couple cases of clear swingtops in my supply of bottles, when they are filled I make sure they are stored in the case and in a dark place (under sink or cabinet) and place several in the fridge. The ones that are refrigerated never last more than a week and I havent had probs. Just be careful about where you keep them.
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