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Old 12-29-2012, 04:26 AM   #951

1.015 is way too sweet. You'll probably end up around there with a 151 mash though.

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:35 AM   #952
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Mash started at 149 but after 90 minutes, was approximately 146.

I also condensed the "leftovers" from the grain bag. About 4 quarts down to a thick slurry. It was too thick for the refractometer. I suspect that had a little to do with the efficiency.

Approximately 12 hours later, the batch is starting to build a nice pillowy krausen layer already. Temp rose from 64 to 67; the ambient house temp where the carboy is 70.

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:41 AM   #953
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1.015 is way too sweet. You'll probably end up around there with a 151 mash though.
I'm betting 1.012. Like I said I need to mash a little higher than everyone else because my beer tends to attenuate more than what's normal. I've had an IPA hit 1.00 before, and it's hard to keep beers above 1.010 regardless of starting gravity. If there's problems I can drop it with some 099 if it comes down to it.

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:12 PM   #954
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How long does WLP530 take to really start going? Albeit about 14 hours, I expected this to be volcano-like in a hurry.

It's up to 68F now ... just wondering when the stuff will start spewing.

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:15 PM   #955
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How long does WLP530 take to really start going? Albeit about 14 hours, I expected this to be volcano-like in a hurry.

It's up to 68F now ... just wondering when the stuff will start spewing.
For me it was mellow for about 36 hours. Then, Bam!

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:05 AM   #956
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How long does WLP530 take to really start going? Albeit about 14 hours, I expected this to be volcano-like in a hurry.

It's up to 68F now ... just wondering when the stuff will start spewing.
Ended up yielding almost 6.5 gallons from my batch so I separated out a half gallon into a 1 gallon carboy.. tested the SG tonight in the smaller carboy and the gravity has already hit 1.014 from a starting point of 1.094 and it has only been 3 days.

The larger 6 gallon carboy has been quite the show.. ended up top cropping almost 200ml of pure yeast from the blow off. I have never fermented a beer at 83F before, but damn it makes the yeast eat through those sugars.

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #957
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My fermentation is near the 36 hour mark. It took off sometime late last night/earlier this morning. Checking on my baby, there was wort all over the floor. The blowoff tube kinked a bit, enough to constrict the off gasing and push the tube off the carboy cap.

Curently the internal temp is 74F from a peak of 76F. The carboy is covered with a t-shirt and elevated off the floor. The table and chair rest at 70F. Ambient temperature is not dropping, the wort mass appears to be slowing down.

Should I expect the temp to rise a bit more on it's own or is it time to apply external heat?

bottlebomber, how long was your wort @ 75? Did it slow down quickly? Did you apply external heat at any point to take it higher?

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #958
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Just brewed and chilling before pitching yeast. Did the old world decoction....all went well until I dropped the cordless into the wort!!!! Hopefully that doesn't impact the beer- not worried about the phone.

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #959
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bottlebomber, how long was your wort @ 75? Did it slow down quickly? Did you apply external heat at any point to take it higher?
Mine hit 80 before slowing down. It has an insulated jacket on it but otherwise no added heat. I was thinking of taking a gravity sample today and maybe putting a stick on heater for a lizard tank on the side of the carboy.

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #960
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How long was it @ 80 before dropping? When was your brew date?

 
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