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    Man, I love Apfelwein

    Just started a batch of the original recipe. The kitchen scale was out of batteries so wifey went out to get some, but I was too impatient and measured by eye 2lbs of corn sugar out of a 4lb bag and put everything in the carboy. I apparently have a terrible eye as I weighed what was left when...
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    Day 24, stuck at 1.02

    Just to close this out, I took a FG reading with a hydrometer and came up with 1.011 - which was my target FG. Beer still tastes too sweet, but I'll see how it rounds out with carb and time.
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    Day 24, stuck at 1.02

    I'll take a hydrometer tonight, then. If all good from there, I will cold crash for 24 hours and keg... finally.
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    Day 24, stuck at 1.02

    Oh wow, it didn't even occur to me to think about that - at least I posted this in the right section! I'll let the yeast work for a couple days just in case there's more to go, because it did taste a little too sweet to me.
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    Day 24, stuck at 1.02

    Yes. I threw a space heater in my ferm chamber this morning to help speed up the warm-up process. As it warmed up, I saw a little activity in the airlock, but I'm not sure if that's the yeast doing it's work or some other kind of reaction. For now I am in wait and see mode.
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    Day 24, stuck at 1.02

    Thanks guys. It's been a good lesson in when to take gravity readings, and that's preferably not when kegs are cleaned and sanitized with gelatin pitched only to realize it's not time. I'll give it a few days. After that, is it a bad idea to pitch Mutons? I have a spare pack of that since it...
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    Day 24, stuck at 1.02

    I'm brewing a Red Ale (extract with steeping grains) that had an OG of 1.04 and an expected FG of 1.011 according to BeerSmith. Yeast is Nottingham. I got everything ready to keg today on Day 24 after Cold Crashing at 38F for three days. Of course, I never took an FG reading before crashing...
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    How fast should pressure drop?

    Assuming no leaks... If I hit about 5 gallons of uncarbonated water with 18-20psi for a couple minutes, and then shut the CO2 off - how long should it take the water to absorb the carbonation (constant temperature) and the gauge on the regulator to hit zero? I did this last night, and...
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    IBU too high?

    Oh my, I'm cracking up over here. This wasn't a Bavarian Wheat kit, Bavarian wheat LME is all they had left in stock and he picked some ingredients that he thought would go well with it, so yeah, it was a yard sale... At this point, with all of these mismatched ingredients, I'm just...
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    IBU too high?

    I went to my LBHS to pick up some ingredients for my next brew, and I asked the employee for recommendations as I'm not at the point of being able to pick and choose for myself. Anyhow, I ended up getting ingredients to brew a ten gallon Bavarian Wheat, which includes the following...
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    Tubing Mismatch?

    I'm part-way through yet another tank of CO2 attempting to find a leak in my rig, and I was wondering if a tubing mismatch could cause a leak. The tubing that was used for the gas line in my setup is the Bevlex 200, which is notated on their website as a liquid line, not a gas line. Could this...
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    Gas/Liquid Bolts

    So this my first time kegging, and I did not realize the bolts for the Gas/Liquid side were different, and I uh, switched. I seemed to put two gas on one keg, and two liquid on the other. The one with two gas on it seems to be carbonating fine, but will I have issues if I don't switch the...
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    Oxygen Purge?

    OK, now I'm not sure what's going on. You ever stick your head into your fermentation chamber a take a big whiff and get that big burning sensation in your nose? Well, I'm getting that when I stick my head in the keezer. The one keg never seems to release much or any pressure when I pull...
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    Oxygen Purge?

    That makes sense. I called my wife during lunch and she said the keezer reeked off beer and she got dizzy when she stuck her head in there. I had to walk her through how to turn everything off and check for leaks. After spraying the connections with soapy water, leaks were detected as coming...
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    Oxygen Purge?

    I'm not even sure if I did this right as this is my first time kegging. I have a regulator going into a manifold dispersed into two kegs. I set the PSI to 30 for force carbing, but then read something about purging the oxygen. I cut the pressure off and released the pressure from the kegs...
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