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  1. 89OctaneStang

    Old yeast with no activity

    I need some further advise. I had some left over grain, LME, and a Wyeast London Ale III 1318 package, dated AUG 11, from some batches I was going to brew a few months ago. The grain had already been cracked, but was kept dry in paper bags and sealed in a container. They were not moldy, no bugs...
  2. 89OctaneStang

    does this look ok?

    The last time I brewed this pumpkin last year, I don't remember it having this froth layer on top. I let it sit for 16 days but it never fell. Is that a bad sign? I tried to leave all that behind while racking into my secondary but I think I accidentally got some of it. I taisted it and it...
  3. 89OctaneStang

    Chlorine/PH Levels

    What should my levels read for Chlorine and the PH? Currently my Chlorine level is ideal for a swimming pool around 2.5, that just does not seem right! My PH levels is through the roof, above 8.5, I believe if I am correct, it should be around 5.2 Any ideas on how to remove Chlorine? I bought...
  4. 89OctaneStang

    Why kegs are not carbing?

    I have searched over all the threads here and have found ways to get your kegs carbed. I have been using the force carbing procedures but have had no luck in getting carbination in my beers. The only thing I can think of is that I don't have a kegerator and don't maintain a constant cold temp. I...
  5. 89OctaneStang

    10 Gallon batch

    I just brewed my first ten gallon batch the other day and the only thought I had on how to break the 4.5 gallons of wort into two different fermenters was to put it in an Ale Pale and siphon off about half into another fermenter, add water to both, yeast, and ferment. Is there a better way...
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    kegging questions

    I am going to pick up my first set of kegging equipment. I planned to start kegging in March time frame of next year but I ran into a situation. My friend wants me to brew and keg him a batch of beer. He is going to pay me $150 for a 5 gallon keg and 5 gallons in bottles. So I called my LHBS and...
  7. 89OctaneStang

    brewed in a dodge ball??

    WOW, I can't get over how much this tastes like it was brewed in a dodge ball. It's a clone of a Yuengling. What could cause this? Has anyone ever had this experience with this type of after taste? Some info about the brew: OG 1.040 FG 1.018 Expired yeast, 1/2 price at LHBS Used yeast...
  8. 89OctaneStang

    High ABV - bad after taste

    A high ABV is not what I'm complaining about. The more the better! But this didn't really seem to work for this beer. It's a honey brown ale with OG 1.062 and a FG of 1.008. It tasted great when I moved it from the primary at 14 days but today I bottled it after 7 days in secondary and it has a...
  9. 89OctaneStang

    Sanitizer Water in carboy

    I have a question, would like to know if about an inch of sanitizer water in the bottom of the glass car boy will affect the fermenting process of my 5 gallon batch of beer???? My buddy came over to help and did not relaize I left the sanitizer water in the carboy and started pouring the Wart...
  10. 89OctaneStang

    Reusing Yeast Cake??

    Ok. I'm a noob and have a few questions about reusing yeast cake. Today I racked my pale ale for the second time and my honey brown ale into the secondary. I saved the yeast cakes from both. I made one jar of pale ale yeast and two jars of honey brown ale yeast. I have a pic but could not...
  11. 89OctaneStang

    NOOB Drunkin Brew

    OK. Sorry for the long thread but this might turn into a "my first infection thread". As I was waiting on the water to boil for sterilized water in my fermentation bucket, I started drinking. Seems that it took a little longer than it should because when I got started I was feelin good :D...
  12. 89OctaneStang

    Primary fermentation questions

    I have read in several different places here that you can leave your brew in the primary for certain lengths of time but I brewed a honey brown ale on the 6th and I have to leave on Saturday the 13 to go out of state. I will be gone for a couple weeks. Should I rack it into a secondary before I...
  13. 89OctaneStang

    Fermentation has almost stopped

    I have a question on what it is I should do. This is my first batch of beer and the brewing process went great. I used the True Brew All Malt Pale Ale kit from my local Home Brew store. I started it the evening on 31 Aug and by morning time there was a decent amount of activity going on in my...
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