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Old 04-20-2012, 04:14 AM   #151
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I pitch yeast and then leave it alone for 4-6 weeks temps ambient are 66-68F Bottle and condition in my beer whirlpool for 3 weeks at 72- and then hide it from the wife as long as possible. She's a fan.

Im not sure belgian yeast would do much in a cool lager enviro.

 
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #152
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this thing is chugging away,i know this is an aggressive yeast but the funny thing is it took a couple days for the starter to get going,maybe just had a lot of sleepers?

 
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #153
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Mine will have been 4 weeks in primary this weekend. I planned to rack it last weekend, but life got crazy.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #154
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So you're kegging it, right? I don't think I can wait 3 weeks to hear how it turns out.
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So you're kegging it, right? I don't think I can wait 3 weeks to hear how it turns out.
Kegging? I have heard of these elusive creatures, but I do not possess one.

Sadly, I shall be bottling.

I currenly have two batches that really ought to be bottled - this one (though I could let it sit longer, I suppose) and my imperial nut brown ale (which is pushing three total months of bulk aging).

Unfortunately, I don't have enough free bottles! I have three cases of new bottles, and *almost* one full case of bottles from my first batch (these have been rinsed, but they need a good soak to de-label them).

Guess I need to do a little more drinking than usual. You know, to free up those needed bottles.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:57 PM   #156
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So you're kegging it, right? I don't think I can wait 3 weeks to hear how it turns out.
Nooooooooooooooooooooo! Friday the 13th was last week.

Seek more bottles. You can never have too many.

 
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:02 PM   #157
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Nooooooooooooooooooooo! Friday the 13th was last week.

Seek more bottles. You can never have too many.
I agree. I plan to pick some more up shortly.

One (self imposed) problem I have is that I am of the persuasion that since I spend a lot of time and effort in creating good beer, I want it to look good, too. Therefore, I don't do the recycled commercial bottle routine, not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that... I nerd out and print out custom labels, use cool caps, etc.

That means that I have to buy bottles, and I just don't own quite enough of them at the moment. Got to go hit the LHBS...
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:01 PM   #158
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Presentation is everything but you can still recycle over time to build the pipeline.

If you skip the embossed brands like Sam Adams and New Belgium a little oxyclean and hot water soak will release the labels with no effort. After that its pretty easy to match up a complete batch of either long necks, shorties, and bombers from a variety of commercial brewers.

Like you I had to buy initially to get past the pipeline 'bottleneck'. Now I'm slowly working toward the goal of a full batch of recycled Leffe bottles but at $10 a six pack vs $20 for 5 gallons of arguably superior Revvy's Leffe it will be a while.

 
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I'm not even going to worry about bottling the Leffe clone in clear bottles... all plain amber longnecks for me, at present.

I'll get there, it just might take a bit. I have almost enough bottles now, so it'll be okay.

Think I will bottle this blonde first, then see about the imperial brown. After all, if three months of bulk aging is okay for it, three months plus a week or two should still be okay.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:49 PM   #160
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Bottled the Leffe last night, with less than spectacular results. Forgot to purchase priming sugar, no big deal, just adjusted and went with table sugar.

Auto siphon decided to be dumb once, gave me some bubbles, had to add a litle sanitized water to recreate my seal.

Big issue was that, despite my best efforts, I picked up some trub when racking to the bottling bucket. As a result, the last of my bucket just had too much sediment in it for me to keep the stupid bottling wand clear enough to bottle. I ended up with 43 2/3 bottles instead of 48... and I poured that 2/3, since it had lived through several nasty bubble issues AND had some trub in it. Really sucked, as I defintiely had enough volume for a full two cases of beer, but it became abundantly clear that the only way I'd get those last bottles would have been by removing the bottling tip, letting the junk flow, and dealing with a few oxidized bottles. I sadly poured the remainder.

To add insult to injury, this took far too long, I ended up in bed late again.

I know that it's fashionable to avoid secondaries unless you are doing fruit or wood, but I feel like I'd have avoided this issue had I racked to secondary first, then let that tiny bit of leftover trub settle before bottling.

On the bright side, I have enogh bottles now for my imperial nut brown.

Ah well. I should have 43 excellent beers, right?

I'll post a full blog entry with details and pics, if you care to read such.
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