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Old 11-19-2011, 12:44 PM   #91
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What was your OG reading? Just curious.



 
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:17 PM   #92
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Don't know. I shattered my hydrometer after checking the FG on the brew I was bottling while the wort was cooling..... Not a great day

A plus is that I did use the 3.3lbs tubs of LME. So I had 6.6lbs of LME. Missing that 1lb of DME can't cause that big of a problem....can it? I should have plenty of fermentable sugar for the yeasties with the 6.6lbs of LME.



Edit: I just ran my screw up through iBrewmaster and it calculated an OG of 1.051. That, and i am just under 5gal. I think it'll be fine. I guess it's time to relax, stop worrying and have a home brew

Edit x 2: looks like fermentation has started (16hrs after pitching). So I've got that going for me. Which is nice.




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Old 11-20-2011, 09:34 PM   #93
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Hey
I'm excited to be brewing this next. It's my first non-kit batch. I swapped the 1 lb dark dme for a 1 lb half dark /half wheat dme, and the lhbs didn't have Kent so I subbed fuggles. Hope it turns out OK. What are your thoughts on this being ready to drink by Christmas?

 
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #94
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You'll be pushing it to get it ready in a bottle for Christmas but you might be able to drink it. You need 3 wks from brew to bottle and then at least 2 wks in the bottle. It will be much better in a couple months.

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Old 11-20-2011, 11:25 PM   #95
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You'll be pushing it to get it ready in a bottle for Christmas but you might be able to drink it. You need 3 wks from brew to bottle and then at least 2 wks in the bottle. It will be much better in a couple months.
Yeah, those are my thoughts too. Gonna give it a shot though just to have another variety.

 
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:26 PM   #96
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OK finally got around to brewing this today. I know that it won't be ready for xmas but still excited. I'm thinking about 10 days primary before racking to the secondary with the vanilla, then another 2 weeks there before bottling.

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Old 11-27-2011, 10:43 PM   #97
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OK finally got around to brewing this today. I know that it won't be ready for xmas but still excited. I'm thinking about 10 days primary before racking to the secondary with the vanilla, then another 2 weeks there before bottling.
Good plan....I was going to toss it in the secondary at day 7. It was still bubbling pretty good. I'm going to do the typical rookie thing and push the schedule just a bit so I can drink some just after Christmas. BUT, I am going to let it settle in the primary for sure before going secondary.

 
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:28 AM   #98
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Good plan....I was going to toss it in the secondary at day 7. It was still bubbling pretty good. I'm going to do the typical rookie thing and push the schedule just a bit so I can drink some just after Christmas. BUT, I am going to let it settle in the primary for sure before going secondary.
Yeah I know how you feel, it's killing me not to have it by xmas! It's already bubbling the blow off tube. Starter must be working! Now I have to find vanilla beans.

 
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:40 PM   #99
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Yeah I know how you feel, it's killing me not to have it by xmas! It's already bubbling the blow off tube. Starter must be working! Now I have to find vanilla beans.
I think most are using vanilla extract, as it's more consistent.

I am using vanilla paste (thick extract) and the juice from some vanilla bourbon cherries.

 
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:56 AM   #100
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Hi all
So I brewed this recipe, and had OG of 1.066. I took first reading today on day 10 in primary and it's 1.027. I'd expected it to be lower. By now I'm sure there's not much more fermentation going to happen. Is this about what I should have expected? Any thoughts about repitching? I used WL4 ale yeast, 2L (almost) starter that took off in <12 hours. I want to rack to secondary soon but not if it isn't done. Thanks for any thoughts!



 
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