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Old 01-23-2013, 03:44 AM   #791
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Brewed the extract version on Saturday. I was lazy and didn't make a starter. Pitched a vial of WLP013 (London Ale) straight into the bucket. Once it got going, it really took off. I had to change the airlock and it was seeping out of the side of the fermenting bucket.

My new year's resolution is to make more yeast starters. I might pull the trigger on a stir plate. I'm confident that this one is still going to be a fine, tasty beverage though.

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Old 01-23-2013, 06:46 AM   #792
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Stir plate is helpful but is also a lot of fun. You basically increase your brew day activities by a day or two, plus it's all :science: and stuff.

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #793
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Since switching to dry yeast I've skipped on the starters also I brew outside so sometimes the weather calls an audible for me and tells me not to brew LOL.

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:58 PM   #794
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So, I smacked my wyeast Denny's Fav in preparation for the brew night. Just realized I don't have a yeast nutrient. Wouldn't the Wyeast nutrient be enough, or am I screwed?

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:29 PM   #795
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I don't think so - a yeast nutrient isn't mandatory. I've never used one.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:21 PM   #796
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So, I smacked my wyeast Denny's Fav in preparation for the brew night. Just realized I don't have a yeast nutrient. Wouldn't the Wyeast nutrient be enough, or am I screwed?
I think wyeast has nutrient already in the smack pack. Smack it let it sit at room temp while you are brewing it will swell open it up and pitch to your wort. Easy as pie !!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:53 AM   #797
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Have a batch getting ready to hit the secondary. Thought I would try nibs out as well. I have about 10 ounces sitting in some 160 proof vanilla bean infused vodka. Smells great!
Were you planning on using 10 oz on 5 gallons? The vanilla sounds like a wonderful idea.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:45 AM   #798
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I racked onto the 10 ounces of nibs about a week ago. (5 gallon batch) I will be racking this into a Cornelius keg on Sunday. Can't wait to start pouring this off the tap!

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Old 01-26-2013, 03:10 AM   #799
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Brewed the extract version yesterday. Worried because my OG was only 1.040. I'm hoping my hydrometer was screwed up. Anyway, here's a little video of the active fermentation after about 24 hours.

http://youtu.be/ta1utrL4u9A

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Old 01-26-2013, 04:33 AM   #800
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If you put in the correct amount of extract, the only thing you could have done to affect OG was put in to much water. If you have the right amount of wort in you carboy and used the right amount of extract, in all likelihood, you're beer is fine and something was wrong with you hydrometer or sample.

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