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Old 01-30-2013, 07:20 PM   #4541
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I have a total of 21 12oz bottles, so I will let the remaining 15 warm condition. Does "green" mean not very carbonated? Not much taste?
Green means its not fully conditioned. It may have a cider taste. You'll taste the difference when you taste some that have conditioned longer.

Also, don't overlook the value of cold conditioning. I never thought it made much difference until I was out of town for a week with some bottles in the fridge. There was a noticeable improvement.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:44 PM   #4542
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So my first batch of Mr. Beer American light has been done a while they've been bottled a few weeks and I've been putting some in the fridge and popping them open every 2 Days I noticed a kind of sweet off taste and was wondering if I didn't leave enough room in the bottle to carb or if it's normally sweet. They are carbed well but like I said sweet. Anyone experience this or know why it might be?

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:12 PM   #4543
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Is a final gravity reading useless without an original? I'm at 1.010 on my American Light right now coming up on 3 weeks fermenting Tuesday. Its cloudy right now and was wanting to try cold crashing prior to bottling this time around. Any help with the gravity reading I'd appreciate. I got my bottles and I'm ready to cap to get another brew going.

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Old 01-30-2013, 11:10 PM   #4544
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Default re: not carbed enough

I have used the 2-2-2 method faithfully and have never had a not carb. enough problem. If anything some of them have seemed over carbed when first opened. Bottling with PET bottles and when they are hard to the 'squeeze test' that should indicate that they are carbed. 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in bottles at room temp, and 2 weeks in cool basement (55F) and whatever time in the fridge after that.......has been almost perfect for me.


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If they're new, that's not the problem. It's possible they're not sealed quite right (sometimes the little ring can cause problems). But my guess I'd that if you give them more time at room temperature, you'll be fine.
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With proper temps 2 week has been plenty for me in primary. Have checked with refractometer has indicated stable gravity readings usually after about 10 days with most normal gravity ales for me. I have gone to 3 weeks a couple of times but think that was probably over kill and basically because of time constraints. The cloudiness should and probably will clear with room temp carbing and then more so with cold conditioning in the fridge. At least that has been my experience.

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Is a final gravity reading useless without an original? I'm at 1.010 on my American Light right now coming up on 3 weeks fermenting Tuesday. Its cloudy right now and was wanting to try cold crashing prior to bottling this time around. Any help with the gravity reading I'd appreciate. I got my bottles and I'm ready to cap to get another brew going.
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Is a final gravity reading useless without an original? I'm at 1.010 on my American Light right now coming up on 3 weeks fermenting Tuesday. Its cloudy right now and was wanting to try cold crashing prior to bottling this time around. Any help with the gravity reading I'd appreciate. I got my bottles and I'm ready to cap to get another brew going.
It's not useless, but it's not as useful. If you have the OG and FG readings, you can calculate the ABV, calories, etc. But if you don't have the OG, you can still take a reading, wait a couple of days and take another reading. If it doesn't change, you're done.
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Default re: gravity without SG value ?

Useless in what way? Are you interested in the estimated %abv? If so probably so although depending on if you used a kit you could probably guestimate the beginning gravity reading and be in one ball park or another depending on if from a kit and the estimated numbers were provided. With some of the brewing computer programs or online ones you can plug in the numbers and can be reasonably sure you are probably close at some beginning numbers. If all grain brewing might be a little more difficult. If you are trying to determine what stage in the process you are at the relative SG and if stable or falling is probably more relevant. And if you are just antsy about the %ABV......as the saying goes

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The flavors will smooth and the sweetness taste blend in more and not be as apparent the longer you let them sit in fridge. I recently opened a late fall red ale and was not all that thrilled with the taste. 2 weeks longer and with each drink was saying to self.........'self that is damm good'.......time is a very good friend of conditioning homebrew. Sometimes hard to do because of the wanna drink now factor but the wait is usually well rewarded.
The only way you will know is to try it early on a batch and wait longer and see the diff.


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So my first batch of Mr. Beer American light has been done a while they've been bottled a few weeks and I've been putting some in the fridge and popping them open every 2 Days I noticed a kind of sweet off taste and was wondering if I didn't leave enough room in the bottle to carb or if it's normally sweet. They are carbed well but like I said sweet. Anyone experience this or know why it might be?
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Useless in what way? Are you interested in the estimated %abv? If so probably so although depending on if you used a kit you could probably guestimate the beginning gravity reading and be in one ball park or another depending on if from a kit and the estimated numbers were provided. With some of the brewing computer programs or online ones you can plug in the numbers and can be reasonably sure you are probably close at some beginning numbers. If all grain brewing might be a little more difficult. If you are trying to determine what stage in the process you are at the relative SG and if stable or falling is probably more relevant. And if you are just antsy about the %ABV......as the saying goes

RELAX AND HAVE A HOMEBREW !

Thanks to all of you guys for chiming in. I'm not concerned with ABV. I was curious if specific beers have a target gravity. Its now my understanding that the gravity is how the yeast activity is measured?. I've did the 3 weeks wait time without any real understanding of gravity readings to be safe. Plenty more researching to do for sure.
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Once your fermenter reaches an average temperature for its surrounding air temp the temp of the wort isn't going to change as quickly as the surrounding air if the surrounding air only swings a few degrees it should take quite some time to get near this temp. 60F for a few hours probably wouldn't change say a 68F wort more than a degree or two I would imagine in a few hours. I do my fermenting in a closet in the colder months and in the basement in the warmer ones. I keep a el cheapo thermometer by the fermenter as well as thermo temp strips on the fermenter just to keep an eye on things. Knowing well that the temp inside the fermenter is going to be several degrees warmer because of the chemical reactions.....more so during vigorous periods of fermenting. My closet location can be colder than the room temp if the door is kept cold so I open or close the closet door (only works if you aren't away for overnite) to regulate the temperature a bit if needed. A quick glance and a simple open more or close more seems to do the trick. Works for me anyhow........no complaints.

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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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