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Old 04-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #21
BlakeL
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I saw in another post that three weeks is better for this kit. Is two weeks for bottle conditioning still alright?



 
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #22
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I always bottle condition for two weeks but after one week I crack one open to taste and of it is good I will start drinking them. Two to three weeks is a good rule of thumb.



 
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:06 PM   #23
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I checked on the jug this morning and watched it for a few minutes and no c02 was coming out of the tube. Should I be worried? I think I may have pitched the yeast at the wrong temp. It was around 75-80 when I did and I looked at the instructions this morning and it said i should have done it at 70. What issues would this cause?

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:24 PM   #24
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You should be fine. I started with their kit too and its an awesome way to get into AG brewing. I did get their book which has some really good recipes so I highle rec that.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:38 PM   #25
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You are fine they give very vague directions in some areas like pitching at 70 and to always bottle with three tablespoons of honey although that will be close in carbonation for each style of beer it is different. I had all of the same anxiety you have when I first brewed now I have made so many mistakes since then in my short brewing history (3 months) and still made good beer that I don't worry much any more. I pitched yeast at 85 degrees it was fine spit beer back Into my bottling bucket trying to get a suction going with the racking cane they give you with the kit and it was fine. My advice is to find the post about all of the things people here have messed up and still got good beer from and read it you will relax a bunch. But anyways back to your question 80 degrees is fine and bubbles don't mean to much let it sit for two weeks like they recommend more if you want cold crash for three days bottle and let sit for two weeks and enjoy.

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #26
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For what its worth...the IPA kit was my first ever brew and I could not get a siphon going, maybe got 8 oz in before it stopped. I literally ended up pouring the beer into the bottles, turned out fantastic! I find you can hide imperfections and mistakes like that if its IPA and you drink them relatively young.

Main point is....consider an auto-siphon. I got a gravity fed siphon going on my second kit but the anxiety wasn't worth it.

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #27
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That IPA is a nice brew! If you start making larger batches you will find that 1-gallon fermenter is great for making large starters.

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:07 PM   #28
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Thanks for the reassurance. I'll be adding the airlock tomorrow and will keep this thread updated with my progress.

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:34 PM   #29
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To repeat what Cali said a mini auto siphon is the best money spent.

 
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:03 PM   #30
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Im going to replace the airlock tubing tonight with the airlock that came with the kit. Should I use the tubing or a baster to draw some of the beer out to try and see how it is coming along?



 
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