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Old 11-07-2012, 04:48 AM   #31
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learning the different flavors and aromas of different hops, grains, yeasts, etc has been one of the best parts of this new hobby of mine. It makes trying a new beer more enjoyable when you can pick out different flavors you know from experience. I'm lucky to work at a beer distributor and get to try lots of different beers regularly, and it has made a huge difference on how I taste beers.

Warning: this will quickly annoy your non homebrewing/beer-geek friends when you ramble on about the scent of certain hops, and the undertones of brett that will no doubt become more prevalent with some more age..... When you see that glazed over look in their eyes, it may be time to back it off a bit



 
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #32
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Fermentation update:

After the first day of ACTIVE fermentation, I noticed my temps where between (72-74). I was aiming the high 60's. So I added a nice damp t shirt and put the carboy in container filled with ice water. The temps dropped to 66-68 with the changes. Now all I have to do is wait a few more days and transfer to my secondary for dry hopping!


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Old 11-07-2012, 05:18 PM   #33
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #34
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I'd wait more than just a few more days. A couple of weeks to get down to Fg & settle out clear before dry hopping.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #35
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The instructions say transfer to secondary after 7 days. Does that sound right?
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:49 PM   #36
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Quote:
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The instructions say transfer to secondary after 7 days. Does that sound right?
Ignore the instructions. If you haven't already, pick up How to Brew or The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. They'll give you much better and detailed instructions in the brew process.

Basically, take a SG reading, perhaps after 7 days. If it's near the FG, take a new reading every two days. When those SG readings level out and are the same across two days, fermentation is done and you're okay to rack to a secondary (mostly for dry hops and extra clearing), or bottle (I'd cold crash for a day or two).
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #37
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Ok, so transfer to secondary once FG is reached? What's cold crashing?

Edit: Researched " Cold Crashing ".Figured it out. Thx
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:14 PM   #38
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I took a gravity reading today after 8 days in the primary and I'm looking around 1.023. I'm still getting airlock activity every 15 secs. I'm going to leave it for another 4 days before I take another reading. I want the abv to be 6.0 so for that I need a fg of 1.014. We shall see!
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:09 PM   #39
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Should I use a hop bag for dry hopping if the hops are in pellet form?
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:26 PM   #40
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Everyone will have a different opinion on the matter, in addition to the debate between leaf and pellets for dry hopping.

I think the general consensus is that if you don't use a hop bag for pellets, then put a hop bag or cheesecloth-like material over your racking cane when siphoning off to the bottling bucket.


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