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  • Posted in thread: First Apfelwein, something growing on my batch on 01-21-2017 at 09:28 PM
    Looks like a pellicle to me... Can you rack from underneath it? Don't know how a sour apfelwein
    would taste... Might be worth trying to save it, maybe not....

  • Posted in thread: Giveaway for Inkbird 1500W temperature controller on 01-21-2017 at 05:25 AM
    Oh, wait... This is an inkbird giveaway thread... And it's after the cut off... Add winners
    have anyway been picked?Well then I'm in!

  • Posted in thread: Red Ale stuck at 1.040 on 01-17-2017 at 06:19 AM
    Whew, activity... Congrats.The O2 shouldn't be too big of deal, since you have active
    fermentation again... Yeast need oxygen...Supposedly, dry yeast doesn't need the same
    oxygenation. I guess oxygen ...

  • Posted in thread: How much washed yeast to use in a starter? on 01-16-2017 at 03:35 AM
    Without cell counts your viable yeast amounts are just a WAG (wild ass guess) but DiT's
    estimates above as as good as any... I tend to collect in 1/2 pint jars, decant the liquid
    after the yeast settl...

  • Posted in thread: Red Ale stuck at 1.040 on 01-15-2017 at 07:25 AM
    S-05 should be fine... Make sure the packet is not too out of date and try rehydrating before
    pitching... You want the most yeast you can get and I think I've read that directly sprinkling
    can kill up...

  • Posted in thread: Adding Priming sugar, I'm about to bottle first brew on 01-14-2017 at 05:33 PM
    Use a priming calculator to find the right amount of priming sugar for your desired amount of
    carbonation... Definitely dissolve in boiling water... Don't cool it, just add it hot to your
    bottling buc...

  • Posted in thread: Red Ale stuck at 1.040 on 01-13-2017 at 03:10 AM
    I've heard that extract batches can hit a 1.020 wall and not go lower but 1.040 seems high...Is
    your hydrometer calibrated properly? And you're testing with your sample at the calibration
    temperature?...

  • Posted in thread: to lid or not to lid .... a boiling question. on 01-13-2017 at 03:03 AM
    BTW, that XBeeriment up there said that indeed he had a ton of boil off - in fact, the "lid
    on" boiled off the same amount as the lid off. So, I'd say given all of that, just make sure
    you have a goo...

  • Posted in thread: Giveaway for Inkbird 1500W temperature controller on 01-12-2017 at 06:12 AM
    Thanks inkbird... Bwawk, bwawk!

  • Posted in thread: to lid or not to lid .... a boiling question. on 01-11-2017 at 05:03 PM
    To be a contrarian:

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