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Old 01-25-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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...but I feel strangely complete...

I just tossed yeast on a Cooper's Irish Stout pkg, in my new second brew vat (# Two-I know, an ominous name). The original (now named # One) being reserved for the next starter kit of Cooper's Lager (light ale, as ya'all pointed out to me). As my original brew is now in week 2 after bottling and Cooper's is out of bottles (giving me the excuse to purchase their kit at a reduced price plus a 10% off coupon), I'll wait another week to start #One. I figure to drink at week 3, and take maybe a week drinking it, to clear my bottles for # One's next run.

I understand why Cooper's makes the vats clear, now: so "we" can watch as our precious' do their thing. Suddenly, I realized that I had been standing and watching (with a beer in hand) for about 10 minutes, after I set the Kraussen and lid, waiting to see my lil yeasties start to chew. (I imagine that septic tank enzyme commercial...I see lil "almost Pac-Man-like" enzymes munching on my precious ingredients striving to give me a beautiful stout)


What more could a man ask for? Ya'all know that I'll be asking a gazillion questions before this is through, so I thought I'd warn ya'all and share my happy and content state-of-mind. I reckon this post wil probably make ya'all think of that happy, warm feeling that ya'all get when ya'all toss yeast. At least, I hope so...



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Old 01-25-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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Welcome!!


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Old 01-25-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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Keep the fermenter in a dark place,or cover it with a dark tee shirt to keep the light off it. Don't wanna skunk that brew. I'm sure I forgot to mention that in your other posts.
But it's always a good feeling when you got the brew done right,& pitch the yeast on your latest creation. Dang,getin flashbacks to young frankenstien...
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
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My first kit and ingredients should be on my doorstep when I arrive home today. I'm sure I will be just as entranced as you are. Loving your hobby is a good thing.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #5
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Maybe this is blasphemous, but I have never stood there watching my beer ferment. I always use opaque fermenters. I have seen other people's carboys actively fermenting, but never my own beer. I just have to be satisfied by airlock activity.

 
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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Maybe this is blasphemous, but I have never stood there watching my beer ferment. I always use opaque fermenters. I have seen other people's carboys actively fermenting, but never my own beer. I just have to be satisfied by airlock activity.
I bought glass carboys with my first kit, mainly so I could watch the fermentation. Stuff like that just facinates me.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #7
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Maybe this is blasphemous, but I have never stood there watching my beer ferment. I always use opaque fermenters. I have seen other people's carboys actively fermenting, but never my own beer. I just have to be satisfied by airlock activity.
Ditto. I wrap my Carboy with a towel and a navy snuggie, since I don't use the damn thing. Keeps light out, and the temp steady. I never see the yeast at work. I have to settle for air lock bubbles, and thats good enough for me.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:17 AM   #8
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Oh, I should add that I moved my 2 vats to an upstairs bedroom vacated by my eldest son, oh...10 years back. It has a dark shade over the window, now, and I have a small space heater to keep my temp more along the proper lines. With ya'all's help, we're gettin' smarter about this! Thank you!

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Old 01-28-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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HEHE My FV stayed within the proper temp range, this time, and Kraussen (a good 6 inch foam at peak) fell late on day 2. I removed the collar, this morning (Day 3) and it smells like I have Stout! Smells just like a good Murphy's! (or Guinness, if you perfer) I can't wait to see what my FG is, and bottle. This is a hoot! Tomorrow, I get to sample a 2 weeks in the bottle light ale from my 1st brew. Fellas, I'm hooked already! Brew 3 (the starter kit of lager/light ale from buying the new kit) starts up, sometime, this next week. 30 bottles at a time...I'm trying to hit it so that I never run out of beer! hehehe!
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Cooper's Irish Stout: Bottled 5 Feb
Coopers' Lawnmower Lager: Bottled 15 Jan (only a few left)

 
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #10
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Yup,it's always good to keep the pipelind full! We'll probably have more of our ales again tonight. My APA is slowly working it's way down to FG at the moment. Excited about this one with the rich hop smells coming out of the airlock. That Ahtanum & Sterling smells darn good!


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