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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-26-2014, 03:17 PM
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Posted By SKYY
It's been 7 weeks since I've bottled my imperial...

It's been 7 weeks since I've bottled my imperial stout, and the carbonation doesn't seem to have increased at all. I've roused the yeast cakes at least 3 times over the past month, and nothing.
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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-21-2014, 09:48 AM
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Posted By SKYY
Not all bottled beers are carbonated at 3 weeks. ...

Not all bottled beers are carbonated at 3 weeks. I have an imperial stout that's been bottled for 5 weeks now, and it's still flat.

The plastic bottle has been slowly getting harder to squeeze. ...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-18-2014, 10:07 AM
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Posted By SKYY
Does anyone else use one or two 12-16-oz PET...

Does anyone else use one or two 12-16-oz PET bottles when they're bottling 12-oz glass ambers?

I've done this since day one of my brewing career, and I think it's awesome. I always fill up the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-02-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 40,263
Posted By SKYY
Just 24 hours too late. Damn. Thanks for the...

Just 24 hours too late. Damn. Thanks for the tip--I'll use this one next time I brew a heavy Belgian!

Not that this beer's going to be bad, by any means. T-58 is a good yeast.

Nice phone,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-02-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By SKYY
That little bit of liquid is your wort/beer...

That little bit of liquid is your wort/beer that's been pushed through the tube via active fermentation. This is to be expected.

The whole point of having a blow-off tube is to depressurize a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-01-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 40,263
Posted By SKYY
I'm going to brew another HG Belgian-style quad...

I'm going to brew another HG Belgian-style quad with T-58 tomorrow. The last batch did not taste very Belgian-y or Trappist-y.

This time, I'm going to try fermenting at a significantly higher...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-16-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By SKYY
You guys are awesome. Thanks for the great...

You guys are awesome. Thanks for the great advice/insight!

Now, I'm going to rack them both this weekend. There has to be a lot of unfermented sugars in each beer vat right now, thanks to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-15-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By SKYY
left beers in primary for too long...racking question

Basically, I didn't have time to rack my beers, because I'm too busy with life.

I brewed two very high-grav beers about 3 to 4 weeks ago (stout and black IPA), and I haven't had ANY time to rack...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-15-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By SKYY
I made a great pomegranate wheat beer using an...

I made a great pomegranate wheat beer using an extract kit honey-wheat beer recipe. I changed the recipe by adding 1 bottle of pomegranate molasses during secondary fermentation. Here's the stuff I...
Forum: General Techniques 01-02-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 487
Posted By SKYY
The recipe called for Red Star Champagne yeast...

The recipe called for Red Star Champagne yeast during the secondary. I've brewed this one twice before, and for each batch I could not taste or smell the ethanol. For barleywines, I believe that...
Forum: General Techniques 12-28-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 487
Posted By SKYY
You guys are really the experts. Thanks for the...

You guys are really the experts. Thanks for the advice. I've decided to just bottle what I end up with, rather than try to spread the wonderful beer flavors across just one more 6-pack.

After...
Forum: General Techniques 12-25-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 487
Posted By SKYY
compensating for volume losses of high-gravity beers with vodka?

I've got a 5-gallon (wort) batch of barleywine that I just transferred to secondary, and I've now got about 4.5 gal of liquid. After secondary, I'm expecting to have about 4.2 gallons (added...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-08-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By SKYY
So I brewed a monster...(Brix/Gravity discussion)

Well, I just finished making a nice amber barleywine from a kit that directed an OG of 1.116, but I also added 2 lbs of corn sugar to it at the beginning of the boil...for personal reasons. BLUF, if...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-05-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By SKYY
From what I've gathered emperically from this...

From what I've gathered emperically from this thread, true Belgian Abbey ales are fermented at moderate termperatures (73F+). Perhaps I could have salvaged my last two brews by fermenting them at...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-04-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By SKYY
Trying to make a beer that tastes like Chimay Blue, or even Leffe Brune...sigh

My last two attempts at a Belgian Abbey ale ended up not tasting one bit like a real Abbey Ale (a brune ~10.5% that sat for 5 months, and a blonde ~9.8% that carbonated in two weeks!). The blonde...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-30-2013, 12:53 PM
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Posted By SKYY
about washing yeast...food/nutrients?

I used to be big on making my own sourdough bread yeasts, back when I lived in THAT part of Cali where L. sanfranciscensis ran wild. I remember simply starting with 1 part flour, and 1 part water,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-25-2013, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 936
Posted By SKYY
Hehe. Using weird fonts doesn't make your post...

Hehe. Using weird fonts doesn't make your post important. :D
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-25-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,251
Posted By SKYY
For the hell of it, I sanitized my latest batch...

For the hell of it, I sanitized my latest batch of bottles for brewing via iodophor. It took surprisingly little time--just enough time to rinse each bottle with iodophor solution, and drain it. I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-22-2013, 11:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,251
Posted By SKYY
This is the "flexible" beer-brewing thought...

This is the "flexible" beer-brewing thought process that I'm referring to mostly. Granted: I live on an island in the East Asia Sea, but that doesn't keep me safe from wild yeasts and bacteria.
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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-21-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,251
Posted By SKYY
I'm going beyond that by simply rinsing my used...

I'm going beyond that by simply rinsing my used bottles with warm water a few times and letting them drip-dry. There is no chemical or sterilization for these bottles before they store their next...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-21-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 936
Posted By SKYY
Easy way to reuse yeast?

Instead of paying $5+ for a packet of yeast, is it feasible to use the sediment of a secondary fermentation of a beer that used the same yeast required by the beer that you're trying to brew?

For...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-21-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,251
Posted By SKYY
bottle sanitization: is it REALLY necessary?

I used to be a complete prude when it came to sterilizing my bottles when it came time to bottle my brews. However, there have been numerous times in the recent past that I had simply run out of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-27-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,778
Posted By SKYY
How do you deal about the sediment when you have...

How do you deal about the sediment when you have bottles sideways?
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-27-2013, 03:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,778
Posted By SKYY
Win! Thanks HBF.

Win!

Thanks HBF.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-04-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By SKYY
My shipment of 6 x 9.5 oz pomegranate molasses...

My shipment of 6 x 9.5 oz pomegranate molasses from Amazon ("Al Wadi Alakhdar" brand, made in Lebanon) just arrived, and all I have to say, is "wow." This stuff is definitely going to find its way...
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