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Old 11-29-2012, 06:02 PM   #81
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I usually use 6.5 gallon buckets and never have to really worry about it. This was my first time using the carboy and a lesson was learned. Thankfully I got to it in time before it went Kaboooooooom!!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:19 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by RIC0
I usually use 6.5 gallon buckets and never have to really worry about it. This was my first time using the carboy and a lesson was learned. Thankfully I got to it in time before it went Kaboooooooom!!!!
What yeast strain was that?

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #83
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Double check the tubing you get will fit the bottling bucket spout before mixing beer and priming sugar.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:49 AM   #84
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Originally Posted by RIC0
I've learned that using wyeast liquid packets should be used with a blowoff tube.

Woke up to a small mess this morning. I truly did not think this spiced ale would go crazy like my imperial stout did. Lesson learned I'll NEVER use that yeast and NOT use a blowoff tube.

This batch now has a blowoff tube and things are going as planned.
Using a 6.5 gallon carboy for 5 gallon batches is a good idea, but regardless, if I'm brewing something new and don't know what to expect, I automatically use a blow off tube. It's really only needed for the first couple days though.
I just had a 1.071 OG finish in 2 days, down to 1.016. Of course pitching a 3.2b cell starter had a lot to do with it!
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:54 AM   #85
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I learned that a wine thief would come in real handy when taking gravity readings xP

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:12 AM   #86
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That my beer looks, smells, feels and tastes a whole lot better after 5 weeks in the bottle VS 3 weeks in the bottle; Clarity! Smoothness! Carbonation! Lacing!

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Old 12-01-2012, 04:02 AM   #87
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I learned that I like a carboy for fermenting over a bucket for no other reason then I'm a noob and like to see what's going on.

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Old 12-01-2012, 04:27 AM   #88
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I learned not to pour hot starter wort into a glass growler and then put said glass growler outside in the snow to cool. Apparently glass growlers don't care too much for such a drastic temperature change (at least mine didn't). Not the worst thing in the world, but I lost 4oz of DME and a nice growler and had to start again.

Cool the wort in the metal pot and THEN pour it into the glass growler.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:25 AM   #89
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Lets see....
I learned that I prefer the taste of my naturally bottle conditioned beer to the bit that I force carbed in a Tap a Draft.

Wait for the bottles to condition....wait for the bottles to condition.

A spray bottle full of sanitizer solution is uber handy to have on the brew day.

Taking specific gravity readings is more accurate to get ABV than the, "I feel pretty buzzed, it must be good" method.

Don't freak out if you make a few mistakes during your brew, there is still a pretty good chance that it will turn out pretty damn good anyway.

I think that's it for this week.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:44 AM   #90
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i learned that fedex employees are lazy pieces of ****... i was home all night and they didnt attempt to deliver my 20g boilermaker kettle because of "delivery restrictions"... which means the dude wanted to go home and didnt feel like finishing his route because it was already 5:30pm...

if something gets put on a truck at 6:15am and is no more than 15 minutes door to door... please tell me how in the hell it can't be delivered in 12 hours...

this is a pointless drunked rant because of starting my night at final fridays for kicking the kegs at new england brewing company...but im angry because im brewing sunday and i want my new kettle. now i have to see if i can possibly pick it up at the depot tomorrow... lazy ass people...

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