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  1. tpitman

    The Only Trouble with Coopers Beer Kits

    I'm drinking a Smithwick's Red Ale as we speak. When I opened it, poured it, and took a whiff, I thought, "That's familiar." What it reminds me of is the Cooper's Dark Ale kit I started homebrewing with. Kind of makes me want to try one again, just for the hell of it.
  2. tpitman

    Overpitching?

    72 to 74 degrees for conditioning. I've never had a beer go this long to carbonate. This was s SMaSH ale with light malt extract, East Kent Goldings hops, and some washed California V ale yeast (I know, an odd combination). I was trying to get a bit more mileage from the yeast and wanted...
  3. tpitman

    Overpitching?

    Cracked one open on Sunday. A slight sound of air escaping, very few bubbles rising, no head. Pretty flat. Sweetness is gone but it didn't carb up. I've got one mini keg and the ghetto tap that someone posted instructions for on this site (the thing works great) and I'll put 10 or 12 bottles in...
  4. tpitman

    Overpitching?

    It'll hit the three week mark in a couple of days. I'm gonna set aside a couple of bottles in the fridge this afternoon and sample them on Sunday and see if anything has happened. Thanks, all.
  5. tpitman

    Overpitching?

    So no one seems to think the short fermentation period is unusual? I've just never had one end so abruptly after a week, then no airlock activity. I thought perhaps the yeast had crapped out completely. I usually leave beer bottled for a couple of weeks at a minimum, but I expected more that...
  6. tpitman

    Overpitching?

    Washed yeast from a previous job, and used it for a yeast starter, which appeared to work (krausen formed in the flask). Pitched the yeast into a wort with an OG of approximately 1.047. Fermentation started within 6 to 8 hours and fermented normally for just over a week then abruptly quit. I...
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    Backhouse Brown Ale

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    Label & Shirt Art

    Art for various homebrews by Backhouse Brewery
  9. tpitman

    Concentrated all grain wort boil?

    Nope. We keep the house about 72 degrees year-round. I have a seamless metal pan I put the bucket in, add water and an old t-shirt tightly secured to the bucket for a swamp cooler. Drops the temp down to about 66-67 degrees. I've thought about just pitching the yeast the day after, but have...
  10. tpitman

    Concentrated all grain wort boil?

    Well, Brewsmith figured out a previously successful recipe using extract, and converting it to all grain, as basically a no-sparge brew-in-a-bag. Since extract brewing is essentially the same with significantly high gravity in the boil, I can't see what the difference would be using a no-sparge...
  11. tpitman

    Concentrated all grain wort boil?

    I've done some all grain full volume batches, but kind of like the convenience of stovetop brew sessions using extract, mainly for the convenience of a rapid cool-down to low 70's to pitch yeast. I have a wort chiller, but just getting it down to 80 takes quite some time (I'm in Florida)...
  12. tpitman

    Secondary in corny keg

    Just remove the pressure relief valve and put in an appropriately-sized drilled stopper and an airlock. Easy enough.
  13. tpitman

    Cold crashing fermentation

    College Park, off Princeton and I-4 Heart's is convenient to me, to say the least, and for their size they've got a lot of stuff, but I'll admit they're not falling all over themselves to make you feel at home.
  14. tpitman

    Cold crashing fermentation

    Didn't know there was anyone else in Orlando besides Hearts. Thanks for the info.
  15. tpitman

    How long will LME stay fresh if in unsealed container?

    I bought 33 pounds of LME last year, and still have a couple of half gallons left in the fridge. I parted the big jug out into 1/2 gallon washed and sanitized milk cartons, then filled them to overflowing, loosely placing the caps on them then squeezing till the extract came out and tightened...
  16. tpitman

    Windsor yeast activity unusual?

    If that's the case, that's a relief. I bought the kit based on the reviews, and I've been struggling with finding a decent brown ale recipe. After some iffy results, I'm hoping this comes in good. Everything went great on brew day. I'll just wait 'til the gravity gets down to where it should be.
  17. tpitman

    Windsor yeast activity unusual?

    Mash temp was 152. Fermenting temp around 67.
  18. tpitman

    Windsor yeast activity unusual?

    Did a Newcastle all-grain kit from Austin Homebrew which came with Windsor dry yeast as my option. Brewing session went well, OG (1.053) right on the mark. Fermentation started vigorously within a couple of hours and slowed down as normal after a couple of days. Transferred to a secondary after...
  19. tpitman

    Do you ever dump beer just because of taste?

    I figure the Coopers Stout is what it is, and I just don't like it. It's more drinkable than the brown ale. The hops I got looked like they might have been a bit stale. Smelled good, but not as pungent as pellets. Figured one way or the other it was unlikely the cause of a bad taste, like you...
  20. tpitman

    Do you ever dump beer just because of taste?

    I've got a brown ale I brewed (extract) based on two other batches, with this one as a compromise between the two (one too mild, the other a bit too "roasty"). The one difference is I used so-called fresh hops instead of the pellets I usually use, and I'm not so sure the hops were that fresh. A...
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