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Old 04-10-2007, 01:35 PM   #11
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You can skip the secondary, but you need to make sure you still give the time to ferment in a bucket that youw ould in the secondary. so, 3 weeks primary, 3 weeks bottles, instead of 1 primary 2 secondary.

You can get away with 2 weeks in primary then to bottles, but 1 week isn't long enough and could lead to bottle bombs.a

Are you measuring gravity? That's a good way to tell if fermentation is done or not, measure before the fermentation, then after. If you get the same reading for 4 days in a row then fermentation is most likely done.

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Old 04-10-2007, 02:11 PM   #12
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Well the instructions don't have a secondary and I don't have anything to put a secondary in, so I guess its 1 week primary, 2 weeks bottles?
No if you don't have a secondary then the best idea is 2-3 weeks primary, 3-4 weeks bottle. After a week in the bottles it should be carbonated and drinkable but will improve with age. A total of 6 weeks from brewing to drinking is a pretty good rule of thumb.

You should pick up a second fermenter with spigot to use as a bottling bucket. Some vinyl food grade tubing is also a good idea. Boil the priming sugar (3/4 cup corn sugar) in a small amount of water and add it to the bottling bucket. Transfer the beer from your primary to the bottling bucket using the tubing to avoid splashing and aerating. Then you can use the spigot on the bottling bucket to fill the bottles.
Poor quality bottles may break when capping or under pressure from the carbonation. If you can get better quality bottles do so. Not sure of the situation in Korea but in the US most mass market beer does not come it bottles well suited to bottling homebrew. We have to look for craft beers or buy new glass.
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Also, when you put the beer in bottles, you need a small piece of tubing (or a bottling wand) to fill the bottles from the bucket. You can't just open the spigot and pour- it'd oxidize for one thing, and overflow the bottles, too, I'd think. Can you find a small vinyl tubing to fit one end of the spigot and the other end in the bottle? (or maybe you have that taken care of- if so, sorry I missed it)

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Also, when you put the beer in bottles, you need a small piece of tubing (or a bottling wand) to fill the bottles from the bucket. You can't just open the spigot and pour- it'd oxidize for one thing, and overflow the bottles, too, I'd think. Can you find a small vinyl tubing to fit one end of the spigot and the other end in the bottle? (or maybe you have that taken care of- if so, sorry I missed it)
This is the recommended method however a friend of mine have been filling bottles from the spigot for a couple of years without a problem. So it is definitely a workable solution.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:54 PM   #15
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Thanks so much all, I think I've got things mostly figured out now.

The hydrometer sample I just drank tastes almost exactly like Becks Dark. Not my favorite beer, but definately very drinkable and a hell of a lot better than Asian beer so so far so good.

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