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  1. J

    Off flavor in first 3 batches.....damn

    Thanks for the reply. My fermentation temps are from the sticker thermometer on my primary Ale Pail and I've been using spring water to top off.
  2. J

    Off flavor in first 3 batches.....damn

    Ok. My first 3 batches of homebrew are pretty gross. All 3 are plagued with a similar off flavor that I can only describe as a mix of a band aid taste mixed with a solvent taste. It's also somewhat watery tasting. It's been a frustrating journey so far. I'm trying to pin down where I'm...
  3. J

    question about pumpkin ale

    I guess I'm not that concerned about it clearing up but I do want it to taste good. I was trying to avoid the secondary as well to maybe cut back on more beer loss due to more trub in the secondary. Thoughts?
  4. J

    question about pumpkin ale

    I have my pumpkin ale in my primary and it's been 3 weeks. How important is it to rack to a secondary? I was wondering if I could get by just bottling it up after another week but I know pumpkin ale has quite a bit of trub. Anyone skip the secondary for a pumpkin ale? Thanks!
  5. J

    Band aid taste in first batch.

    Since this was my first batch I was very careful with cleaning and sanitizing everything. I used one step no rinse powder that came from my LHBS and used the recommended 1tablespoons per gallon of water. I didn't use any other sanitizers. I made a mixture of 3 gallons and sanitized everything...
  6. J

    Band aid taste in first batch.

    Oh hell, I've had my first batch, an american pale ale in bottles for about 7 weeks now. After 3 weeks it had a strong water taste and the carbonation was weak. After 5 weeks, the water taste was still there but slightly improved and the carbonation was better. Now at 7 weeks, the beer is...
  7. J

    Question about making hop tea

    I just bottled an extract IPA batch that is supposed to be hoppy and the instructions said to make hop tea that gets slowly added to the bottling bucket along with the priming sugar while racking. The instructions said to boil 1 1/2 cups of water and steep the supplied dry hops in a hop bag...
  8. J

    Question about loosening up LME

    I got an extract kit from AHBS that has LME in buckets. Just wondering how you are loosening up the LME in plastic buckets for easier handling when you add it to the wort. I had metal LME cans before and loosened up the LME by putting the cans in hot water for 15 minutes. Any tips?
  9. J

    LME Starter.....?

    Ok, another noob question here. I thought my kit came with DME but it turns out it's LME. Can I make a yeast starter with LME or should I just pour in the tube of white labs yeast as is and hope it kicks in after a while. :o
  10. J

    Question about using DME for starter

    I was planning to make a yeast starter for an AHBS Pumpkin Ale extract kit this week using While Labs liquid yeast. Is it bad to use 1/2 cup of DME from the kit for the starter or is this generally a bad practice. I don't have any other DME around and wanted to brew this soon, maybe tomorrow...
  11. J

    questions about brewing AHBS Pumpkin Ale

    I plan to brew AHBS Pumpkin Ale kit this week, the extract version and was wondering when you put the spice pack that came with it in. During the boil or in the primary during fermentation? Also, just curious when in the process you added the pumpkin if you used any. The kit says it's...
  12. J

    Question about using Brewferm kits

    I picked up a Brewferm Abbey kit at my LHBS that will yield 9 liters and plan to brew it in a few days. At my LHBS recommendation, I'm using a pound of Amber DME to add to it. I read the Brewferm instructions and it doesn't say to boil. I guess my question is should I boil to add the DME...
  13. J

    will making a starter like this work?

    I got my next 2 kits in the mail recently and the liquid yeast came with a melted ice bag which I've read plenty of threads on here so I was a little worried about and know I should make a starter to see if it takes off. I unfortunately don't have a proper yeast starting jug yet or a mason jar...
  14. J

    Tasted my first brew today, advice needed

    Thanks for the feedback. My american pale ale spent 3 days in the primary (per instructions, but now I know that is a bit early) and then I racked to my secondary for 14 days. I primed with cooled down priming sugar mixture in the bottom of the bucket and then racked on top of it. I slowly...
  15. J

    Tasted my first brew today, advice needed

    My first batch, an american pale ale has been in bottles for 3 weeks and I popped one open to try tonight. There was a little carbonation but not much and the beer, while it had decent flavor it had a watery taste. Should I chalk this up to still being green beer and give it a few more weeks...
  16. J

    Yielding less than 5 gallons.

    Where can I get one of those dip tubes?
  17. J

    Would you put this in Secondary?

    Do you get a noticeable amount of trub or general floaties if you don't use a secondary?
  18. J

    Would you put this in Secondary?

    No, I'm not dry hopping. There's a "hop tea" that gets added along with the priming sugar as a last step and that's it.
  19. J

    Yielding less than 5 gallons.

    After all was said and done with my first batch, I got about 46 bottles out of it. I topped up my primary at 5 gallons but I guess between taking the OG samples and FG samples and leaving a little in when I got down to the yeast cake, I lost a few bottles. I'm using extract kits for now. Just...
  20. J

    Would you put this in Secondary?

    I've got my 2nd batch in my primary, it's a hoppy IPA. The instructions that came with my kit suggested racking to a Secondary as soon as the bubbles in the airlock showed signs of slowing down. After reading how a lot of folks here are keeping their brews in the primary for a longer period of...
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