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Old 12-13-2006, 09:55 PM   #11

I never return my hydrometer samples for risk of contamination. Drink 'em instead! How else are you really going to know how things are coming along?!

I did a Steam/CaC that really turned out well and I plan to brew it again in another month or two. IIRC, it was in prinary for 6-7 days and in secondary for 14 days.

 
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:06 PM   #12
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I've done some batches using that yeast strain in the low end of the temp range (58-60). I find that they ferment at about the same range as ales, maybe a touch slower. I think I have usually had primaries of about 7-9 days.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:13 PM   #13
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Hydrometers are overrated. The only reason I use one is so I have an excuse to taste my beer as it moves on through its process. I rely on the All Good Method.

As long as it looks good, smells good, tastes good, and after a few it makes you you feel good, then its All Good.

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:26 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the info. I think the main reason i never take gravity readings is because I am worried about contamination. I have also read a lot of advice to not worry about it. When i start making my own recipes, hopefully sometime in the next couple months, i will start using it.
I'm with Roobarb on this one- I always drink my hydrometer samples. I like to think of it scientifically- how my beer is coming, what the s.g. is, etc. But the truth is I'm just doing it for a taste!

Actually, a hydrometer is a great tool. I use mine to see how I'm doing on hitting my og (not hard since I'm only doing partial mashes to date), if I'm close on f.g., and if it's time to bottle. It helped once when I had a stuck fermentation but didn't know it- the f.g. was 1.022 and I stopped myself from bottling and let it finish. But it is only a tool- not a rule. I still use mine when I put it in primary, when I stick it in secondary, and when I bottle. I don't obsess, but I do use it as a tool.

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:46 AM   #15
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I'm with Roobarb on this one- I always drink my hydrometer samples. I like to think of it scientifically- how my beer is coming, what the s.g. is, etc. But the truth is I'm just doing it for a taste!

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I agree also, it is essential to taste to ensure that the fermentation evolution is processing. Plus I normally cannot be arsed to keep the hydro and tube sterile and just slug it down the gullet.
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