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    Keg Conditioning & Closed Transfer

    Hi, guy I wanted to try a couple things with my next batch of brews which was closed transferring from my carboys to the keg but the kits I purchased say the beers would do better with up to 4 weeks of conditioning and I thought that I might try keg conditioning as well which will give me time...
  2. J

    Holiday Hard Cider Experiments

    L to R Pineapple/Lemon Brown Sugar Ale Pure Pineapple Cranberry Apple/Lime
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    Stopping Fermentation Early (Dilemma/Question)

    Hey folks! I have a small dilemma. I am brewing up a Vanilla Bourbon Stout and my instructions called for a recommended fermentation period of 4 weeks. Today marks the second week. However the dilemma is I am supposed to have it ready for a Christmas party that is on December 5th. That means if...
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    I may have a carbonation dilmma advice needed!

    So the general consensus so far seems to be that I will probably be fine leaving them alone. After midnight tonight will be the 48 hour mark so I should just put a tap on it and check it to see where I'm at in carbonation and if I got some decent carb then turn the gas down a little for the next...
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    I may have a carbonation dilmma advice needed!

    The temp in the fridge is about 30-38 or so I estimate. I'm not serving full pints, it will only be served in 2oz red solo style tasting cups so they may not notice the lack of a beer head but I don't want it to taste flat. I will have to transport them about 15-20 drive time away from my home...
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    I may have a carbonation dilmma advice needed!

    That's good to know I definitely don't want to overcarb them!
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    I may have a carbonation dilmma advice needed!

    I kegged up 3 brews on this past Sunday night 11/27. A Pale Ale, a Chocolate Stout, and a Hard Apple Cider. I put them on 30psi and sat the two beers in one fridge and they are sharing one c02 tank via a gas splitter and the Cider is in a mini fridge with 30psi. Both fridges are cranked up...
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    First Time Making Hard Cider (Advice Needed On Finishing)

    I went ahead and racked to Secondary in the Carboy last Sunday mainly to see how much the cider cleared up with the pectic enzyme drops. It worked well, still a little cloudy and not as clear as the one gallon batch but its definitely not as cloudy as it was coming out of the bottle. I took a...
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    First Time Making Hard Cider (Advice Needed On Finishing)

    Yea I think I can skip that now On Sunday I'm going to rack the 5 gallon batch to Secondary for one week to let it clear a bit more in the carboy then on the following Sunday I'm going to transfer the batch to the keg on top of the concentrated juice and put it in the deep freeze for 2 days...
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    First Time Making Hard Cider (Advice Needed On Finishing)

    At the time of this post was the start of the second week in primary fermentation. I don't think I need the gelatin because the 1 gallon batch is crystal clear or as crystal clear as regular apple juice so I can just imagine how clear the 5 gallon batch will be. But I still need that advice on...
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    First Time Making Hard Cider (Advice Needed On Finishing)

    I decided to make some Hard Cider for Christmas. At first I was going to make a gallon but the Cider was on sale at Wal-Mart so I bought 6-1 Gallon Jugs to make a full 5 Gallon Batch and one small Gallon Batch. I used pasteurized non preservative Musselmans Apple Cider and I used instructions...
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    First Time Making Hard Cider (Advice Needed On Finishing)

    I decided to make some Hard Cider for Christmas. At first I was going to make a gallon but the Cider was on sale at Wal-Mart so I bought 6-1 Gallon Jugs to make a full 5 Gallon Batch and one small Gallon Batch. I used pasteurized non preservative Musselmans Apple Cider and I used instructions...
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    Question about testing your beer in the Market

    Hmm... that would also mean that I couldn't give it away to people leaving my house or take some bottles or a growler to the thanksgiving/christmas dinner for people and/or myself to enjoy. Of course people do it and it may not be straight black and white legal but I think I'll be alright as...
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    Question about testing your beer in the Market

    That was one of my main concerns. Our state (Alabama) only legalized home brewing a couple years ago. He told me its a private event I don't know if the loophole would be if the owner of the business chooses to provide alcohol to his guests for free like any other party (because i'll just be...
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    Question about testing your beer in the Market

    Hi, I've been home brewing for over 5 years now and I've gotten good at crafting a good beer at least to my tastes and friends and family and other people who have tasted my brews have all liked it and I've gotten great feedback. A few weeks ago someone put a bug in my ear that maybe I should...
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    Came Home To A Little Problem (HELP)

    Just thought I'd give you guys an update. I racked to secondary last night and started my dry hopping process (amarillo hops) The temp is holding steady between 66-68 and I'm getting some steady activity in my carboy. I think it just might be OK. I'm going to leave it in the carboy for 2 1/2...
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    Came Home To A Little Problem (HELP)

    @JPrather Thanks for your reply. I think I was able to save it by lowering the temperature and maintaining it at 65 - 68. I'll take your advice and leave it in the primary for another couple days. My instructions said for 1 week Primary and 2 weeks secondary but I don't think a extra day or so...
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    Came Home To A Little Problem (HELP)

    Thanks to everyone for the quick responses it was all good advice. Since I didn't have a blow off tube what I ended up doing was pretty much just leaving it alone in the ice bucket to get the temp back down when after a while it calmed down and got to 65 and it's holding steady right there as of...
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    Came Home To A Little Problem (HELP)

    Hi, Yesterday I started brewing a Stone Brewing IPA after I got done I let the wort cool naturally and then I put it in the bucket and added 2 Gallons of cold spring water to make 5 Gallons. I tested the temp after it settled and I pitched the yeast at about 72º. I put my top on and tightened...
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