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Old 10-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #11
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I check them fairly often, a few times a day, during active primary fermentation because I do temperature control using a fridge and a timer. Depending on the weather and the yeast activity, it can take some tweaking to keep temperatures where I want them. I also keep an eye on the blow-off tube during this time to avoid unpleasant surprises.



 
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #12
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I check them fairly often, a few times a day, during active primary fermentation because I do temperature control using a fridge and a timer. Depending on the weather and the yeast activity, it can take some tweaking to keep temperatures where I want them. I also keep an eye on the blow-off tube during this time to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Same here, I have to tweak my temp controller during the first few days of fermentation.



 
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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I forgot I have an ipa that needs to be kegged, dry hopped it 2 weeks ago and haven't looked since. There is also a braggot in there too that I haven't messed with much. I ferment in a fridge in my detached shop so its out of my way

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #14
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Everyday I stare blankly at my fermenters wondering to myself, "Why aren't you in a bottle yet?.. Doesn't this beer want me to drink it?"
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #15
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Before I broke my glass carboy I would watch the fermentation activity for 10 minute clips at a time. It's pretty awesome to watch the yeast churn the beer, and the co2 explosions that would happen in the trub and blow yeast/trub all the way up to the krausen.

After I broke my glass Carboy I decided buckets were easier to clean and cheaper so I can't see inside anymore . I don't take the lids off unless I want to take a gravity reading, which I don't really do until I keg/bottle. I am thinking about buying a better bottle so I can see the activity again, but don't want to deal with cleaning it.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:49 PM   #16
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Before I broke my glass carboy I would watch the fermentation activity for 10 minute clips at a time. It's pretty awesome to watch the yeast churn the beer, and the co2 explosions that would happen in the trub and blow yeast/trub all the way up to the krausen.

After I broke my glass Carboy I decided buckets were easier to clean and cheaper so I can't see inside anymore . I don't take the lids off unless I want to take a gravity reading, which I don't really do until I keg/bottle. I am thinking about buying a better bottle so I can see the activity again, but don't want to deal with cleaning it.
i use a 6 gallon better bottle, they are easy to clean just soak in pbw over night. i have never had a problem
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:51 PM   #17
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i got a pretty big kitchen.. and as a single male i can do w/e the f* i want.. so they stay in the kitchen with me.. so i check em all day basically!!!

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #18
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i got a pretty big kitchen.. and as a single male i can do w/e the f* i want.. so they stay in the kitchen with me.. so i check em all day basically!!!
I'm in the same boat

Except my apartment is whack, so there's this closet in the kitchen where I put my carboy. It'll have to come out of the closet before I can bottle, so I guess I'll have openly gay beer?
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #19
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I look at it less now that I have a fermentation chamber, but I still check every couple of days... Just like seeing whats going on.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:16 AM   #20
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Sometimes I even stair at my empty carboys for inspiration



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