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    First beer

    Do you notice a subtle yeast finish when it’s too young.
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    First beer

    So the Pilgrims hope was bottled. Spent 2 weeks in the fermentation fridge with the second batch fermenting. On Sunday bottles were removed and crated, 4 placed in the fridge to cool. The plastic bottles being nice and firm. Today I opened the first to try. Carbonation is excellent. Very nice...
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    Alternative to airlock

    Just did my morning check of things and checked one of the plastic bottles. Much firmer than it was when I bottled. Feels like a bottle of fizzy drink at the supermarket. Currently no leakers. Fingers crossed this is a good sign that things are progressing nicely.
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    Alternative to airlock

    I might have an IR thermometer at work I could borrow. Thanks. I read a lot to try and make as fewer mistakes as possible. Hence not wanting to have conditioning bottles in doors. 😂 I’ve read too many horror stories.
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    Alternative to airlock

    I bottled some of this batch in plastic bottles so I could monitor pressure. another possibility would be to make a strengthened shelf at the top of the fridge for the FV and place the bottles at the bottom. This may be a good alternative. lots of little adjustments and learning points as I go...
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    Alternative to airlock

    Thanks for the info. dont want to risk upsetting the wife with a bottle bomb on my 1st batch 😂. So I was hoping to do it in the warm fridge. I recon the bottle area is possibly at around 17C. I think it’s cooler due to the heater being under the FV and as soo as that is at temp set point the...
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    Alternative to airlock

    I’ll check shortly. I have a min/max thermometer in the cupboard. The temp probe for the STC-1000 is attached to the side of the FV. I suspect the chamber temp may be slightly higher, especially at the top where the bottles are. So STC-1000 for this batch is set at 18.5C, lower than the 1st...
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    Alternative to airlock

    Thanks for the reply. May look into bung/hose size. Found a post describing using the lower section of the bubbler and the hose I have is a good fit on the centre post.
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    Alternative to airlock

    Awesome thanks for the info. Also thanks for your advice on my previous post. First brew seems to have gone well. Currently bottle conditioning in the fermentation cupboard with this second batch below it.
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    Alternative to airlock

    Thanks for the swift reply. I had looked around on the site but most speak of full on blowoff systems. I don’t think I need that as I brew in a 30l fermentation bucket and only brew 20-23lts so think I have enough head space. Just wanted to not have the need to regularly check bubbler level and...
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    Alternative to airlock

    Just started my second batch ( tiny rebel Cwtch), and have a question regarding airlocks. 1st batch I started with a 2 piece bubbler with a steriliser solution in it. Kept having to top up every couple of days. I changed to vodka and that disappeared even quicker. I was considering attaching a...
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    First beer

    Checked the gravity today. Still the same as Thursday 1.011. So racked onto the dissolved priming sugar and bottled 40 bottles. Placed them onto the shelves in the fermentation fridge and set the temp to 19C for a 2 week stay. Hopefully the second batch will be started tomorrow. Need to dig out...
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    What I did for beer today

    Bottled my first beer today. 40 bottles now In the fermentation cupboard to condition and hopefully a new batch to start tomorrow.
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    First beer

    Quick update and a thanks so far. Bottling day booked for Monday and in prep took a sample today to see if there was any change. SG has dropped from 1015 at the beginning of the week, to 1011 which is the target for the kit. Awesome, not sure if the slight rise in temp brought that about or as...
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    First beer

    Definitely leaving the 3 weeks. Hopefully those first 2 weeks I can get this batch in their bottles in the fermentation fridge with the second in it’s FV. 🤞 there’s room.
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