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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-31-2013, 10:22 PM
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Posted By nunnlife
The beer started bubbling this morning after less...

The beer started bubbling this morning after less than 30 hours! It has been nearly 48 hours and now and has a constant airlock bubble and a nice foam head.

No, we didn't do a starter. I am...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-31-2013, 12:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,136
Posted By nunnlife
Great news! I just read that liquid yeasts take...

Great news! I just read that liquid yeasts take more time to start than dry yeast, which this is my first liquid yeast. Hoping for a hefty brew! OG of 1.080 and shooting for a 8% ABV.
Good...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-30-2013, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,136
Posted By nunnlife
Beer not showing activity in carboy

Hey party people,

I just started a Belgian inspired Christmas Ale that is sitting in a carboy as we speak but not seeing any activity after 17 hours. I am relatively new to brewing and only have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-30-2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Posted By nunnlife
Lower than expected gravity

I just racked a Russian Imperial Stout to secondary with some maple syrup and oak chips soaked in bourbon. I took the final gravity and got 1.024 and had an OG of 1.062. The Brewers Best kit I used...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-13-2012, 02:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By nunnlife
These are all new and great thoughts! Thanks...

These are all new and great thoughts! Thanks people. I think I'm going for it just to see what happens. Any good recipe ideas? This will just be my 4th batch ever and have only done kits and want to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-12-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By nunnlife
Using the yeast cake

I currently have a Russian Imperial Stout in my primary and will be doing a secondary transfer at some point and was interested in trying to use the yeast cake for a new patch. Can someone give some...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-09-2012, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By nunnlife
Would people recommend throwing out the bourbon...

Would people recommend throwing out the bourbon (ie drinking it) before putting the oak chips in, or dumping the bourbon and the chips?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 351
Posted By nunnlife
Unstable temperature

I woke up this morning and noticed the temp in my room was 61 degrees. My beer started fermenting at a stable 67-65 degrees. How big of a deal is it that the temp dropped this much? It's a Russian...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2012, 01:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By nunnlife
Sanitizing oak chips

I plan on using French oak chips soaked in bourbon for my imperial stout. Is it necessary to sanitize the oak chips before soaking in the bourbon? How should I go about doing that?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2012, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By nunnlife
Didn't strain the slug

I forgot to strain out the hops and sentiment of the wort before beginning primary fermentation. How big of a deal is this?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2012, 03:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By nunnlife
I only left it in the primary for one week. It...

I only left it in the primary for one week. It looked like I was too impatient for my first beer. I didn't take a hydrometer reading when i racked to second but did do a reading midway and again...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2012, 03:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By nunnlife
Thanks for the blow off tip. I put together what...

Thanks for the blow off tip. I put together what you described and it's bubbling away. I attached the end of a pen cap to the lid hold with a 1/2" tubing and put the other end into a half gallon of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-03-2012, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By nunnlife
Another new finding... Some beer came through the...

Another new finding... Some beer came through the airlock and is continuing to bubble really fast. Is this a problem?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-03-2012, 01:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By nunnlife
Low Original Gravity and when to rack

I just started a Russian Imperial Stout yesterday. It's bubbling a lot after 15 hours at a stable 65 degrees. I took the OG and got 1.062 and should have been around 1.076-1.080. Is this a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-03-2012, 12:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By nunnlife
Nothing visibly wrong but the sour taste was...

Nothing visibly wrong but the sour taste was evident when we racked to second stage after a week of fermentation. So I'm thinking it wasn't the bottling but something I missed at the beginning. I was...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-02-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By nunnlife
Distilled water

I am new to brewing and just started my third batch yesterday and tasted my first batch. The first batch was a pre-hopped LME porter that came out sour. I assume this was from bacteria that beat the...
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