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  1. Taylormade

    My beers are ok, but not great...

    A lot of folks will also tell you to skip secondary and just leave it in primary for another week or two to let it settle. I tried that on my last two batches and now they're carbonating in the keezer. I haven't tried either yet as I'm trying to be patient and let them carbonate over the next...
  2. Taylormade

    Bottling bucket vs plastic carboy for primary fermenting

    Thanks for the advice. I dumped it back in last night. The temps cooled off a bit for the next few days and our highs are only supposed to reach mid 70s, so that'll help as well. Came at a good time. I have three beers in primary (and only) fermentation now. One brewed last Saturday, one...
  3. Taylormade

    Bottling bucket vs plastic carboy for primary fermenting

    That's great news and I appreciate the link! I went with the bottling bucket and it's fermenting away. I originally submerged it in a 10G turkey fryer bucket filled with cold water, but got scared that the seal on the spigot would fail and my beer would be ruined, so quickly removed it. The...
  4. Taylormade

    Bottling bucket vs plastic carboy for primary fermenting

    I haven't brewed this before, no, so I don't know the activity on it. I leave my fermenting buckets in bigger buckets filled with water (and add frozen water bottles as necessary) to try to moderate the temperature swings as much as possible, but living in Florida, it's tough to keep it below 72...
  5. Taylormade

    Bottling bucket vs plastic carboy for primary fermenting

    Sorry, I shoulda mentioned that the bottling bucket is 7 gallons whereas the carboy is only 5.5, which kind of answers my question I suppose. I do have the blow off top for the carboy, but perhaps I'll use the bottling bucket today and grab another standard primary bucket next time I'm at the LHBS.
  6. Taylormade

    Bottling bucket vs plastic carboy for primary fermenting

    I'm filling the pipeline, boys! I have four in the keezer already pouring and two in the closet fermenting away. I'm brewing another batch this morning (Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, if anyone's interested) and realized that I don't have any more fermenting buckets to speak of. I have a bottling...
  7. Taylormade

    Secondary Fermenter Question

    Thanks for the reply. I actually racked into a secondary this morning. The final gravity is where it needed to be at 1.015 so I went ahead and tossed in the hops and sealed 'er up. I'm brewing a Sunshine Wheat clone and an octoberfest this weekend that I'll more than likely just leave in the...
  8. Taylormade

    Secondary Fermenter Question

    I understand that the only way to check if it's truly done is to check the gravity and I agree that time=clarity and good beer. I guess what I'm asking now is whether or not I can check the gravity and, if it's done, rack into my keg, put it in the keezer (~36 degrees) add hops and give it...
  9. Taylormade

    Secondary Fermenter Question

    Yeah, that's an issue for me. I'm in Florida and it makes it a challenge to keep the temps down. In fact, I just had to close the windows and turn the AC on as it was 78 in the house. I keep the fermenting bucket in a 10G turkey fryer bucket filled with water that I swap frozen water bottles in...
  10. Taylormade

    Secondary Fermenter Question

    ok, so last question (hopefully) on this one: When I drop the hops in, do I need to wait any particular length of time before kegging, like another week or so? I'm used to fermenting for 14-17 days, cold crashing for 24 hours and applying CO2, drinking 48 hours later. This is the first dry...
  11. Taylormade

    Secondary Fermenter Question

    Ok thanks for the speedy replies. I have done two with secondaries and one without, and all have come out great. I guess I thought I needed to do a secondary this time because I was adding hops. I guessed wrong, it sounds like. So do I just dump the cascade hops in now and stir it up or wait...
  12. Taylormade

    Secondary Fermenter Question

    I'm brewing my fourth batch to date currently, a Sierra Nevada PA clone. I brewed it Xmas eve, so I'm going on my 9th day today. The recipe calls for it to ferment in the primary for 7 days or until fermentation slows down before moving it to the secondary and adding cascade hops. All three...
  13. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    Excellent point and I'm sure fits a lot of noob brewers. In my case, however, I'm stocked with carboys and fermenting buckets, having three of each plus two bottling buckets that I could ferment in if I were in a pinch. I got lucky and found a guy getting OUT of the hobby as I was getting in, so...
  14. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    Ahhh, yeah, I'd assume that'd work fine as well, but (obviously) I haven't tried it. Today I'll be moving my Magic Hat clone from primary to secondary, as per the instructions, unless you guys tell me it's not necessary. The other two recipes didn't mention moving to a secondary whereas this...
  15. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    What I have right now, I can definitely drink, but I did switch back to the Sam Adams Winter Lager and Yuengling for the time being so that I can "age" the home brews a little bit more to see if the taste is enhanced at all. Except the CO2 would be absorbed by the beer in the first two hours...
  16. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    well, I dunno what the heck you two are talking about but I'm sure my friend, Google, could help me learn quickly. Update to the good stuff: Day three is better than day two but there are some lingering tastes and maybe off flavors in the Fat Tire clone I'm not totally in love with. It's...
  17. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    whelp, there's alcohol in them thar beers and I'm proof of it. My buddy stopped by and tried out some of the new brew. It's getting better by the hour, and I don't just mean the drunker I get, the better it tastes.
  18. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    Ok, so the Newcastle is done and tastes really good! The Fat Tire may be a bit overcarbonated (imagine that) but I'll give it a few days to mellow out. I purged the CO2 out of it and turned it down to about 7psi. Both are pretty cloudy still but that's expected at this stage. Fat Tire Clone...
  19. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    Yeah buddy! Now I just have to wait a little bit for the beer to even out. I pulled some last night and it's a little rough still, not as smooth as I expected. I think a few more days will do it well. I have the Newcastle sitting with 20# on it undisturbed. At some point today, I'll step it down...
  20. Taylormade

    Pretty Excited About Kegging

    You're correct, sir! Pulled tube and it was plugged, probably from non-dissolved gelatin (oops). Once I cleared it, it was pouring smooth. Thanks!!
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