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Old 10-16-2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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For safety, it's best to check gravity twice, 2 - 3 days apart. Bottle only if the readings are the same. If it's dropped, it's still fermenting = possible bottle bombs.

Good luck with the brew.

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #12
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Thanks folks. It's been 20 yrs since my last batch. I appreciate the recommendations. I was following the William's kit by-the-numbers recipe but waiting and checking to ensure fermentation is complete is a good idea.

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Old 10-27-2013, 09:59 PM   #13
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Hey brewbama! How do you like your Williams brewing kit? I've been looking at their home brewery kits and just curious about your opinion?

Good job so far on your brew! Can't wait to get mine going!

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Old 10-28-2013, 03:05 PM   #14
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It has preformed well so far. I have a Brown Ale conditioning and a Holiday Ale fermenting. The Brown Ale should be ready to taste test this weekend.

The best part about the kit I bought is the large brew kettle with spigot on the side. It's size gives me reaction time to deal with a potential boil over and the spigot is useful for ensuring I don't get silt in the fermenter.

The fermenter and priming tank both have spigots as well. The fermenter spigot is positioned above the trub which means I don't have to siphon and the priming tank spigot helps when bottling.

Another great feature is the copper coil used to cool the wort quickly. I went from a boil to pitching yeast in less than 30 minutes by running cold water thru the coil.

The price was more than other kits but I believe the value in their design offsets the initial hit.

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Old 10-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #15
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Looks like a really nice kit.

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Old 10-28-2013, 04:15 PM   #16
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I think you just sold me on the kit! Especially having multiple brews going on at the same time.

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Old 10-28-2013, 06:38 PM   #17
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The fermenter and priming tank both have spigots as well.
I've seen these in their catalog. It seems like the spigot on the fermenter would be a problem if using a swamp cooler. Seems like the spigot being under water for weeks could build up some nasties on the inside. Are you using a swamp cooler?
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:01 PM   #18
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Hey brewbama! How do you like your Williams brewing kit? I've been looking at their home brewery kits and just curious about your opinion?

Good job so far on your brew! Can't wait to get mine going!
My dad has used them for close to 25 years now, and I just got my first kit from them a few weeks ago, I am bottling it (red ale) on wednesday!

It's not one of the companies that gets a lot of love (not really any hate either though) around these parts, but they have great customer support and provide their kits have always turned out great for us!
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:51 PM   #19
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Thanks mm_johnson! Think I've officially made the descion, now I just have to get authorization from the wife!

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:12 PM   #20
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I don't use a swamp cooler

I first used William's stuff 20 yrs ago. When AL finally legalized home brewing in May it was a familiar source for me.

The Holiday Ale is bubbling away in the fermenter.

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