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Old 09-28-2010, 02:05 AM   #1
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Halfway there for the first batch (the dip tube worked great and wand on the spigot worked beautifully!):










 
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:11 AM   #2
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Meant to say it tastes great even flat with a bit of sweet from the priming sugar. It's Palmer's Lady Liberty Pale Ale from "How to Brew" using Chinook as a replacement for the bittering hop, Cascade for flavor as the recipe called for and US-O5 for the yeast. Finally gravity adjusted for temperature came out around 1.012 (the Thief and Auto Siphon both worked like champs too). Now to sit on it for at least three more weeks (though I will be trying one at two).

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Congratulations & nice pics!
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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Revvy is the MAN!!!!! Awesome pics looks great

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:13 PM   #5
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Thanks! It's fairly clear as it is but I'm hoping it clears up a bit more after bottle conditioning and refrigeration (as it should). I'm also sold on the "leaving it in primary" method for at least a month too (not that I know any different, lol, but I'm all for one less step!).

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:17 PM   #6
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Nice color !

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:43 PM   #7
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those hops in fermenter look fantastic... I can ALMOST smell them!

 
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:51 PM   #8
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LOL, my family does not like the look of the hops, especially in the strainer in the kitchen sink. They say they look like bug wings or something!

I couldn't resist using hop plugs instead of pellets and I was so ready to have the beer in the fermenter that I just poured it all in, hops and all though a good half of the hops stayed in the pot. It's amazing the volume of hops in a compressed plug!

After all that it also totally slipped my mind to dry hop the thing before bottling.

 
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:00 AM   #9
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I like your dip tube design, it may even work better than mine which I have complained as being too touchy since the copper one in the picture went into my garbage disposal and I replace it with plastic one. I always thought they had to bend downward from the wall of the spigot in a 45 or whatever angle, But yours looks like it is working nicely. I'll have to try it.

You mind adding your pic to the bottling bucket thread so other's can benefit from your wisdome?
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:21 AM   #10
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What did you use for the dip tube? It looks like the top end of a racking cane.

 
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