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Old 02-08-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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When using Starsan. Do not fear the foam. Rack beer right on to it.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:59 PM   #3
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If doing an extract batch and your gravity reading is WAY off from what you expected, you probably didn't stir the wort well enough after adding your top-off water.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:02 PM   #4
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If target is 1.056 OG and wort is 1.054, yeah, that's close enough. Ditto FG
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Start with a simple beer. You need to get a feel for the variables you can control and those that you need to work on. Fruit = No.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:04 PM   #6
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If your beer tastes funny and it hasn't been in the bottle for AT LEAST three weeks, it ain't infected, it's just green and will taste fine in time.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:04 PM   #7
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Airlock activity (or the lack of) is not necessarily indicative of fermentation progress. Check the specific gravity with a hydrometer. Don't even bother counting and timing airlock bubbles.
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It is highly unlikely that your batch is completely ruined. Never dump potential beer down the drain until you wait it out and taste it in finished condition.
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The amount of time that it takes a batch of beer to carbonate can be highly variable. You might get lucky and have some carbonation at a week or two, but don't think twice about it if you don't for at least three weeks.
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That white stuff at the bottom of your bottles is called yeast. It is necessary in order for your beer to be carbonated. No you can't really filter it away if you are bottling and want to have "fizz." Learn to pour your beer into a glass, leaving about a quarter of an inch behind.
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