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    Starter gone wrong!

    I often wonder how people brewed beer hundreds of years ago and managed to not infect their beers....
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    Couple of questions about fermenting

    Thanks for the info guys. So the secondary is mainly for clearing up the beer or for adding a new flavor and taking it off another flavor? Golddiggie, what do those wood chips you use do? How did you get such a high ABV? Mine is always around 5-6%, using 8lb L.M.E. in a 5gal batch. I just...
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    Couple of questions about fermenting

    Hey guys, I have been brewing a few months and have a few questions about fermenting. When do you know it is time to transfer to a secondary? I understand why people use a secondary but I want to know how to tell when it is time. I usually wait about a week. I first look for lack of...
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    Starter gone wrong!

    Thanks guys, maybe I will go pick up a new pack of yeast today before work. I was mostly concerned with contamination. Maybe I will also try a larger starter as well.
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    Starter gone wrong!

    So I went to make my first yeast starter today. I had a packet of hydrated yeast and a 22oz bottle to start it in. I started using a recipe I found online. It said to use 4 cups water and 1/2 cup extract. After I added the extract I realized this was too much liquid for my 22oz...
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    Why do I keep getting high OG readings?

    Great. I will let you know how the next batch goes. Should be sometime this week. You guys have been a lot of help. Especially you BigB, thanks.
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    Why do I keep getting high OG readings?

    I am assuming that it is U.S. measurements as I am in America and the recipes are local. Thanks for the info guys. I will have to check out these calculators. As far as aerating goes...the man that runs the brew store suggested pouring the water into the wort and then dumping that mixture...
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    Why do I keep getting high OG readings?

    Thanks a lot BigB! You have been a great help. This step seems so obvious but I hadn't even thought about it! or read about it in any readings I have read or in the recipes I have picked up. Do you think 3 pounds of grain, and thus .3 gal of water + the evaporated water could account for a...
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    Why do I keep getting high OG readings?

    Right you are! I did not boil the grains. Bad terminology on my part. I steeped them at around 150-160 for 30 minutes, then kicked up the heat, removed the grains, and upon boil I added the extract. As far as topping it off goes... do you mean compensating for the water that is boiled off...
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    Why do I keep getting high OG readings?

    I have recently started brewing and have run into the same problem with all 3 of my batches. I seem to be getting a much higher OG than the recipe calls for. My most recent batch is an oatmeal stout. The recipe says it should yield an OG of 1.057-1.059 and I got a reading of 1.072. The...
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