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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-21-2013, 07:04 PM
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Posted By sdufford
15 gal batch size, 20 gal kettle big enough?

Hi guys, looking to jump to 15 gallon batches. Is a 20 gallon boil kettle big enough? Specifically this one from brewer's hardware:
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-11-2012, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 931
Posted By sdufford
Will green apple taste go away in fridge?

Hi all, I kegged a low-gravity blonde ale last night, about 5 weeks from brew day. It still had a bit of a green apple taste- will this go away with cold conditioning, or should I leave it out of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-06-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,781
Posted By sdufford
I have noticed the same thing. So far I haven't...

I have noticed the same thing. So far I haven't had a beer that I kegged that was as good as my bottled beer that conditions for an extra 3 weeks at room temp. I'm starting to think the beer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-10-2011, 02:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By sdufford
Thanks for the help guys.

Thanks for the help guys.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By sdufford
Oh yeah, it's quite clear and there is a thick...

Oh yeah, it's quite clear and there is a thick layer of yeast at the bottom. Never thought of it being already dissolved Co2 degassing...I didn't think there could be any dissolved Co2 from the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By sdufford
Really? Almost two weeks since transfer and CO2...

Really? Almost two weeks since transfer and CO2 is still degassing?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2011, 11:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By sdufford
Yes, I did take a reading before transfer and it...

Yes, I did take a reading before transfer and it was 1.011.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2011, 11:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By sdufford
Visible fermentation well into the secondary

Hi guys, anyone ever had their carboy still bubbling well into the secondary? I had this beer two weeks in the primary beforehand, and it's going on 2 weeks in the carboy now. It bubbles every 45...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-20-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By sdufford
replacement o-rings for kegs

I recently purchased two used soda kegs from a homebrew store, and forgot to order replacement o-rings. Can you find these o-rings at Home Depot?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-13-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,290
Posted By sdufford
highly carbonated bottled beer

Do you guys ever find yourselves "double pouring" a bottled beer that's super carbonated? I've found that I enjoy the taste of relatively lightly carbed beer, and I've had a number of home brews...
Forum: General Techniques 02-09-2011, 08:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,787
Posted By sdufford
Any tips for keeping oxygen introduction to a...

Any tips for keeping oxygen introduction to a minimum when bottling? I've always wondered about that, I hate having my bucket of beer exposed to the air as long as it takes to fill 50 bottles...
Forum: General Techniques 02-09-2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,787
Posted By sdufford
Another good point- what's a bit interesting to...

Another good point- what's a bit interesting to me is that people don't seem to stress fermentation temp when it comes to the bottle...maybe cuz it's so mild it doesn't really matter? Or because it...
Forum: General Techniques 02-09-2011, 01:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,787
Posted By sdufford
This is why I've seriously been considering going...

This is why I've seriously been considering going to a kegging system. Taking great care and patience to clarify and condition the beer beforehand and then having to induce a fresh fermentation...
Forum: General Techniques 02-08-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,787
Posted By sdufford
If you say the off-flavor didn't exist before...

If you say the off-flavor didn't exist before bottling, but is obvious AFTER bottling/priming, wouldn't that imply that it's due to the bottle fermentation, not a pre-existing condition? (like...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,256
Posted By sdufford
I guess we also all need to be aware that IBUs...

I guess we also all need to be aware that IBUs and hop utilization are two different things- IBUs are a measure of bitterness in a volume of beer, whereas hop utilization is just a percentage...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,256
Posted By sdufford
Does Brew Smith account for the fact you're...

Does Brew Smith account for the fact you're topping off after the boil? As in, is there a spot were you input boil volume and then a spot for "final batch volume"? It seems like if it doesn't then...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2011, 04:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,256
Posted By sdufford
Question about full boil vs. partial boil

Hi guys, I've been doing some reading on partial boil vs. full boil, and it's my understanding that you place some rather severe limits on your hop utilization with a partial boil.

My question is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-15-2010, 02:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By sdufford
very long "secondary fermentation"

Hi guys, I'm working on a brown ale that was in the primary for a little over a week, transferred to the secondary at around 1.016 SG. Transferred maybe a bit early, but I was going on vaca and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2010, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By sdufford
Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2010, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By sdufford
Primary fermentor in cooler method

Hi guys, I was wondering if you all typically let the primary fermentor sit at room temp until the yeast gets going before chilling it down to desired ferm temp in the swamp cooler (or whatever...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-04-2010, 09:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By sdufford
Ahh, I'm off by a factor of 10! Forgot the "10...

Ahh, I'm off by a factor of 10! Forgot the "10 times its weight" in my calculation. ;)

Do you guys take time to attemperate the slurry down to the wort temp? Or just toss it in there?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-04-2010, 09:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By sdufford
Volume of water to use for rehydrating Nottingham

Hey guys, I've searched the forums for quite awhile and not found what I'm looking for. I know the instructions for Notty dried yeast say to immerse in water 10 times its weight, so by my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-29-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 622
Posted By sdufford
I had an identical post a few weeks ago with my...

I had an identical post a few weeks ago with my first try at liquid yeast- I had no activity for 4 whole days. They were the longest days of my life.

Now it's been bubbling away for 2 weeks now....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2010, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,353
Posted By sdufford
Keep malt extract in fridge?

Hi guys, I recently purchased an extract kit from Northern Brewer. My malt extract came in a half gallon container like a milk carton, so it's not prepackaged canned extract.

If it's gonna be a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-26-2010, 01:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,103
Posted By sdufford
I've done two batches now using the "standard" 5...

I've done two batches now using the "standard" 5 oz, and I feel that I've had just a tad too much carbonation. Here's my recent post on it:
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