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djbradle 01-13-2012 05:51 AM

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Well it's racked to secondary now. Number 8 on the left and the porter on the right.


djbradle 02-23-2012 07:37 PM

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I cracked open a test bottle that was the last bottled filled. It had about 2.5 inches of headspace. This has been three weeks now in bottles. It gave a great pfffft! Carbonation was just like it should be. I served it at fridge temps. The oak is pretty strong so I see what acuenca is talking about concerning aging them. I'm going to sit on them until the fall and see what's up next. Other than that it's excellent; color, carbonation, lacing, etc. Just needs more time.


djbradle 02-23-2012 07:37 PM

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I cracked open a test bottle that was the last bottled filled. It had about 2.5 inches of headspace. This has been three weeks now in bottles. It gave a great pfffft! Carbonation was just like it should be. I served it at fridge temps. The oak is pretty strong so I see what acuenca is talking about concerning aging them. I'm going to sit on them until the fall and see what's up next. Other than that it's excellent; color, carbonation, lacing, etc. Just needs more time.


MikeInMKE 12-16-2012 04:59 AM

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I just finished brewing NB's Bourbon Barrel Porter from extract.

Made a 1.5L starter of WY-1728 at noon on Thursday, hand stirred until midnight Friday, refrigerated until 4PM Saturday and then decanted.

A few days ago I'd put 2 gallons of boiled and cooled RO water into my 6G carboy and placed it out in the garage where it'd cooled to 46 degrees.

Three more gallons of RO water went into the brew kettle.

For top-off water, another two gallons of RO water went into a stock pot, heated to boiling, and cooled to room temp.

All went well. Cooled the wort down to 86, added it to the 2G @46 degrees already in the carboy, topped off, and ended up at 68 degrees, only two degrees colder than I was shooting for.

Put sanitized aluminum foil over the mouth of the carboy, and rocked it hard for 10 minutes. Pulled a sample with the beer thief for OG (still waiting for the foam to fall in the test tube!), used the beer thief to add some wort to the yeast flask, stirred and pitched.

Another few minutes of rocking the carboy, and I took it downstairs (60 degrees ambient) for a water bath (68 degrees) and blowoff tube.

Things learned:

Always pee before the boil.

First time using Fermcap pre-boil, and never saw a hot break foam-up.

First time using a hop bag, and I had almost no trub in the brew kettle.

First time using Whirlfloc tabs, and didn't have enough trub in the brew kettle to notice a difference.

I hope everyone else's brew day went as smooth. And my house smells like a brewery!



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