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Old 03-07-2014, 04:58 PM   #131
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Ya i think I'm going yo be stashing it in the bathtub for the first few days.

 
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:19 PM   #132
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Ya i think I'm going yo be stashing it in the bathtub for the first few days.
This is what I use when I'm concerned. Works great If it's hot in the summer you can also add/ice or water to be sure it don't get to warm.

http://www.amazon.com/Storage-Tub-Ro...pe-Handled+Tub

 
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:05 PM   #133
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I'm still pretty new... Couldn't all that extra head space cause an issue?
I guess that's why I asked. I would only use it as a primary. I think that wouldn't be as big of an issue in the primary as it would in the secondary as the space would pressurize with gas release from fermentation, quickly pushing oxygen out. I think letting it sit too long in the primary after the most aggressive fermentation is happening could cause some oxidation. I would not want to consider this for secondary because of the extra head space and higher risk of oxidation.

With all of that said, I base all of my ideas off of what I have read, no experience. So, I am very open to hearing anything - experiences or theories - on why this would or wouldn't be a good idea.

 
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:04 PM   #134
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In general,too much head space will fill with co2 in primary,never a good idea in secondary. Secondary is after fermentation,so only dissolved co2 bubbles out & may not be enough to fill the extra space. In primary,it can dissipate through dissolving back into the beer or bubbling out to create an equilibrium. Then infections in the smallest amount of air or lack of sanitizing anything that touches it can infect it. Or not cleaning & sanitizing spigots before fermenting in the bucket. I had that happen once.
And it doesn't push o2 out,but rather the co2 absorbes the o2,then pushing gas out the airlock to equalize the internal pressure as more co2 is produced in primary.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:14 PM   #135
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I am working on my second 5 gallon brew. I am purchasing my recipes/ingredients from my local brew shop. I have noticed there are many companies on-line that sell the same or similar recipes quite a bit lower in price. My dumb question is, do the on-line sellers send along the brewing instructions with their recipe kits?

I'm not near good enough to start brewing without the recipe instructions. Maybe someday I will be that good, but not right now. Anyone have a good company in mind, either a sponsor on here or otherwise?

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Old 03-18-2014, 08:07 PM   #136
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I am working on my second 5 gallon brew. I am purchasing my recipes/ingredients from my local brew shop. I have noticed there are many companies on-line that sell the same or similar recipes quite a bit lower in price. My dumb question is, do the on-line sellers send along the brewing instructions with their recipe kits?

I'm not near good enough to start brewing without the recipe instructions. Maybe someday I will be that good, but not right now. Anyone have a good company in mind, either a sponsor on here or otherwise?

Thanks
Yes, they do. In fact, most of them let you read the list of ingredients and the instructions online before you buy them.

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Old 03-21-2014, 04:03 PM   #137
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Also keep in mind the shipping cost + kit price when considering one. I like Midwest & Northern Brewer,as they are the closest to me with fresh ingredients.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:35 PM   #138
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I am working on my second 5 gallon brew. I am purchasing my recipes/ingredients from my local brew shop. I have noticed there are many companies on-line that sell the same or similar recipes quite a bit lower in price. My dumb question is, do the on-line sellers send along the brewing instructions with their recipe kits?

I'm not near good enough to start brewing without the recipe instructions. Maybe someday I will be that good, but not right now. Anyone have a good company in mind, either a sponsor on here or otherwise?

Thanks
I have only recently started doing the 5-gallon kits as well. I have ordered from 4 different places, and all have come with an instruction/timing sheet. I suppose quality differs from company to company, but the contents pretty much remain the same in my experience.

I have to recommend Jasper's and Northern Brew to you. Their instructions were great and very specific. Jasper's did not come with bottle caps, which I wish I had known before ordering, but that's my fault for not checking. Out of the 4 that I've ordered from, Jasper's and NB were the best. Jasper's had faster shipping (2 days for standard shipping). Other than that, they're very similar.

As for the price, I've found that with shipping they usually cost the same for me whether I buy in store or online.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your second 5-gallon batch!

 
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:18 PM   #139
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Hi peeps. I am quite new to brewing and I have some questions here..

I am about to start my 3rd batch, which will be the 'Admiral Reserve' by Woodforde's.

Firstly, is it better to use mineral water? as the water here in the south of England is very hard.

Secondly, i assume the 'hop enhancer' they supply is more for flavor rather than the initial bitterness and this should be added at the end of the boil?

Thirdly, during the primary fermentation, is it better to use a heater belt or tray? or would an aquarium thermostatic heater be better? My house is cold all of the time!

Fourthly, when transferring to bottles, it states to use 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar per bottle but can I put more in to gain a higher abv?

...and finally, what are the benefits of siphoning from the primary vessel into another vessel prior to bottling?

If you can answer any of these questions, it would be much appreciated as I am keen to get going on it soon.

Cheers dudes,

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Old 04-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #140
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Hi peeps. I am quite new to brewing and I have some questions here..

I am about to start my 3rd batch, which will be the 'Admiral Reserve' by Woodforde's.

Firstly, is it better to use mineral water? as the water here in the south of England is very hard.

Secondly, i assume the 'hop enhancer' they supply is more for flavor rather than the initial bitterness and this should be added at the end of the boil?

Thirdly, during the primary fermentation, is it better to use a heater belt or tray? or would an aquarium thermostatic heater be better? My house is cold all of the time!

Fourthly, when transferring to bottles, it states to use 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar per bottle but can I put more in to gain a higher abv?

...and finally, what are the benefits of siphoning from the primary vessel into another vessel prior to bottling?

If you can answer any of these questions, it would be much appreciated as I am keen to get going on it soon.

Cheers dudes,

Noodle or @noodleface84 on twitter!
Unfortunately, I can't help much on question 2, but I can offer at least what I've gathered from these forums and experienced myself.

1) I have been told that worrying about the minerals in the water you're using should come after you're experienced everywhere else. I do not do this, and my beer tastes good.

3) Does the aquarium heater go inside of the beer? If so, I would say use a heating belt. If not, I'm sure it doesn't matter as long as it holds your target temperature.

4) Again, as far as I know, the priming sugar serves mostly to carbonate the beer. If you want a higher ABV you should add the sugar before putting the beer in your primary. And make sure you use enough yeast...that's important in getting a good fermentation, especially a higher ABV one.

5) If you're talking about racking to a bottling bucket, it can help keep the beer clear of the yeast cake and any hop particles. It's also easier to bottle when it's not on a yeast cake. If you're talking about racking to a secondary fermentation chamber, welcome to the debate haha. I think the general consenus on here is that racking to a secondary is not necessary or beneficial really. But racking to a bottling bucket helps keep your beer a little clearer and you can more easily avoid getting yeast cake in your bottles.

Hope this helps a little.
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