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Old 01-28-2010, 12:41 AM   #11
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Your second batch ever was all-grain? Very impressive. Did you contain your hops in a bag of some sort?

I recently ran a double batch. One fermenter got the clean wort. The other got everything else. Since I dumped my hops in the boil kettle, the everything else fermenter was more hoppy but still good.

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Old 01-28-2010, 05:51 AM   #12
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Default good heavens no!

No all-grain for me yet, I need quite a few more batches under my belt. -Maybe in a year...

My hops were indeed in bags that got removed after the boil.

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:55 PM   #13
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Default I did the same thing.

I am a brand new home brewer. Spent all summer collecting and building an all grain system (Sanke HLT, Sanke Boil Kettle, my version of a couter flow wort chiller, etc...).

I found a recipe for a scotch ale called Nancy's Hop Scotch.

I had that same Oh S%$^& moment regarding the trub and hot break in the primary. My first thought was to rack it into a secondary. Then I came across several posts stating that secondary fermenting is now regarded as not necessary and that most people leave their scotch ales in the primary for 3 to 4 weeks.

So, I concluded (and hoped) that I should be patient and leave the thing alone and let the yeast do their work undisturbed for 3 or 4 weeks. Then I will rack it into one of my corney kegs and let it condition for another couple of weeks before sampling it.

I also forgot to measure the O.G. as well. I did measure the wort as it came out of my mash tun. Cooled it first to about 62 degrees and the reading was 1.051. That was little lower than I expected but it was before the boil.

The only thing that concerns me now is it seemed to complete the vigorous fermentation within 48 hours. It is still bubbling at a rate of about 1 bubble every 1 to 2 minutes. Perhaps I should take some out and do a gravity reading?

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Old 09-30-2010, 04:43 PM   #14
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You can't really ascertain all that much from your gravity reading, unless it was from the mixture of all of your runnings, pre boil, and you know the volume.

If you're going to leave it in the primary 3-4 weeks (which I recommend), then taking a gravity reading at this point is really unnecessary. If it isn't done at that point, then there isn't much that you can do, unless you're really determined to get .003 more off the FG. Besides, knowing the FG without the OG really won't tell you all that much--just take a reading when you bottle if you really want to know for next time.

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Old 09-30-2010, 08:14 PM   #15
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I am one who usually dumps all the trub from the B/K into the fermentor. I don't know if it makes a difference or not. I have read from both camps and everybody likes their own way.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:09 PM   #16
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I really can't see what all the fuss is about.

Keeping the hops material out is a good idea. But anyone with a plate chiller - including every pro brewing gig I ever had - sent and sends break into the fermenter, unless you're whirlpooling, which I've never done and sincerely doubt anyone else is doing.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:16 PM   #17
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I did the same thing on my first batch.
Till this day my neighbor swears it's the best beer I've made.
Which sucks because I would have hoped that I am getting better at it.

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:01 AM   #18
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Which sucks because I would have hoped that I am getting better at it.
i know this feeling
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:58 PM   #19
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Default Thanks for the great feedback

Thanks for the great feedback on my concern. The reason I posted is because the fermenter is in my brother's basement 3 1/2 hours away and was not able to watch it. Had to rely on phone calls to my brother. It was not until yesterday did he tell me that it has a healthy layer of krausen. He only relayed to me that the bubling of the blow off tube had slowed to 1 per minute after 36 hours or so. That had me worried. Fortunately, I am going back this weekdend and will get to examine it myself.

Looks like November 1 before I will get to sample. That's what I get for making a scotch ale my first ever batch. Guess I'll just have to settle for Railbender until then;-)

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