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Old 11-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #591
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I just bottled this last night. A couple weeks left...can't wait!



 
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:46 PM   #592
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Hello. I don't know about the moss, sorry! I was hoping you might be able to help a newcomer out though since you've made this recipe before

I'm in the process of fermentation right now but am concerned that the recipe didn't list any gravity readings. I'm pretty new to brewing and have never done so without these guidelines. What was the gravity you bottled at? I followed other posters' advice about not needing to transfer into a second fermentation, so I'm now about 15 days out. I'm also concerned that we stopped seeing bubbles on the airlock within about 48 hours after the brew (they started about 20 hours after sealing the fermenter, but then stopped). Did this happen with yours as well? Thank you!!
I'll start with the actual bubbling part of the fermentation, yeah mine did slow down on bubbling after about the first three days of active fermenting. You shouldn't need to be concerned about that, mine turned out fine.
Although, when I did the Honey Ale it was my second batch ever, so I didn't take a gravity reading. Sorry that I can't help you there, hopefully somebody else can.



 
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:40 PM   #593
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I'm in the process of fermentation right now but am concerned that the recipe didn't list any gravity readings. I'm pretty new to brewing and have never done so without these guidelines. What was the gravity you bottled at?
JDPN, in general it helps to post your recipe when asking specific questions, but I'll assume you followed the Ale to the Chief recipe posted here, http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/...se-beer-recipe.

Calculating the OG is pretty straightforward with extact recipes, you multiply the amount of gravity points per pound by the number of pounds of extract used. LME contributes about 36 gravity points per pound, DME about 40 points per pound, (source: http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter3-4.html). Honey is about 40 points per pound.

The math: (36 x 6.6) + (40 x 1) + (40 x 1 ) = about 318 points, divided by 5 gallons = 64 points per gallon, or 1.064.

Now to figure out your estimated FG, the yeast in the recipe is Danstar Windsor dry ale yeast which has an attenuation of about 75% (source: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/WINDS...EAST-P829.aspx). The yeast's attenuation approximates the percentage of the fermentables the yeast are likely to consume.

FG = (1-Yeast attenuation) x OG | .25 x 64 = 16, or about 1.016. So, if your FG is stable and close to 1.016, you're good to go!

I hope this helps. I'd recommend reading the forum stickies, or the first few chapters of howtobrew.com for more info about the basics of brewing.

 
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:09 PM   #594
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JDPN, in general it helps to post your recipe when asking specific questions, but I'll assume you followed the Ale to the Chief recipe posted here, http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/...se-beer-recipe.

Calculating the OG is pretty straightforward with extact recipes, you multiply the amount of gravity points per pound by the number of pounds of extract used. LME contributes about 36 gravity points per pound, DME about 40 points per pound, (source: http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter3-4.html). Honey is about 40 points per pound.

The math: (36 x 6.6) + (40 x 1) + (40 x 1 ) = about 318 points, divided by 5 gallons = 64 points per gallon, or 1.064.

Now to figure out your estimated FG, the yeast in the recipe is Danstar Windsor dry ale yeast which has an attenuation of about 75% (source: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/WINDS...EAST-P829.aspx).

FG = (1-Yeast attenuation) x OG | .25 x 64 = 16, or about 1.016. So, if you FG is stable and close to 1.016, you're good to go!

I hope this helps. I'd recommend reading the forum stickies, or the first few chapters of howtobrew.com for more info about the basics of brewing.
Nice job on the math Pie_Man...

I bolded one point that is very important to what he said.
Make sure your final gravity is stable. You can tell it is stable when you take a couple of readings a few days apart and there is no change.

If you take a reading today, and it is at 1.016, don't assume it is done until you take another reading on Sunday (for example), and that reading is also at 1.016. Even if both readings are a few points higher but still close to your expected FG (my extract batches seemed to frequently "stick" at 1.020), as long as there is no change, you are good to go.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #595
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Brewed this about 11 days ago... I'd intended to get it down a couple of weeks earlier but life got in the way. Is 11 days too soon to keg it tonight ahead of the election night?

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #596
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Brewed this about 11 days ago... I'd intended to get it down a couple of weeks earlier but life got in the way. Is 11 days too soon to keg it tonight ahead of the election night?
Has it stopped fermenting? If so you should be fine. It will just take longer to clear up in the keg. But I kegged mine after 2 weeks so I could force carb for election night. I usually set and forget carb but am breaking my rule for this beer.

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #597
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Just loaded at 4.5 gallons of it into the keg and will take my first pour tonight.

Started at 1.062 and ended at 1.013-4... So still a little sugary at the end but it wasnt moving.

Ended up just leaving it in the primary for about 18 days. Will post a report back here after the first pull this evening.

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:28 PM   #598
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I just opened by first bottle last night after only one week to carb. It tasted great, little under carbed but that'll fix itself. I wanted to drink a couple of these tonight.

My grandma also approves of it. That's always good.

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #599
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I'm brewing this for the first time right now after voting today.. Plan to drink it on inauguration night. I'm so patriotic.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:44 PM   #600
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Just watched the video pretty cool. Great publicity.


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