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    First brew

    unfortunately, I am not going to be able to keep my apartment at 70-80 degrees. That is not livable for me. I have tried to keep it that warm when I am not there, but I dont think it is doing any good. My apartment stays around 65 degrees when I am there.
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    I am sampling my first full beer right now and upon pouring the beer I noticed there was no head formation. There is some carbonation but not much. Should I be worried that my beer won't carbonate? And yes I did remember to add the corn sugar to the bottling bucket.
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    :off: Small world indeed. Oddly enough, I know where both of those locations are.
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    First brew

    Ok, you don't have to tell me twice :mug: Thanks. Unfortunately, I am going to be moving soon. So I will probably have to wait to start another batch so I don't have to move a 5 gallon bucket of brew. :( Plus, I still need to figure out what my next brew will be. I don't think I want to get...
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    First brew

    You are correct, I misread it. The beer was fermented in a room where the temp stayed between 68-72 degrees F.
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    First brew

    The yeast I used was Windsor Brewing yeast by Danstar. The instructions on the package say to keep it at 86-92degrees F. Which I did not do. The thermometer I used was just one of the ones you stick on the bucket, but I put it on the outside. I wasn't sure how I was going to read it if it was...
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    First brew

    Here are some pics I took of my beer after the first measurement.
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    First brew

    I bottled my beer last night after taking a reading. The measurement suggested that the specific gravity was constant. When I tasted it last night, the bitterness had come through a lot more and I noticed a hint of banana smell to it. So now the waiting game begins, I plan on waiting 3 weeks...
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    well, as of this morning I have no more bubbles happening in the airlock. So I guess fermentation is slowing. I was planning to leave the beer in the fermenter for a total of 3 weeks. Does this seem excessive? The instructions that I got with the kit say that it will be done fermenting in 1...
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    First brew

    i just checked it and it says the specific gravity of water is 1.000. so i don't think it is defective. any other suggestions?
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    First brew

    i checked the hydrometer scale, i read it properly. i dont know why it is so low.
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    First brew

    ok, well I did it right then. The other 4 gallons of water were already in the fermenter. I siphoned the wort into the fermenter then mixed it because it was all sitting at the bottom. Then I dumped the yeast on top and took a reading. Now at this point the vodka was sitting on top of the wort...
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    First brew

    I did not aerate the wort after adding the yeast. I was under the impression that after the yeast was in, put a lid on it and don't touch it. Oops. should I stir it or leave it alone at this point? I will take another look at my hydrometer when I get home from work today, maybe I was looking...
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    First brew

    I did my first wort tonight. I used a 20 quart stainless steel stock pot on two gas burners. I gave it a rolling boil for 1 hour, no boil overs. I am attempting a wheat ale and plan on fermenting for 3 weeks then bottling and letting them condition for 3 weeks. I bought the kit at a local brew...
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    Used Turkey Fryer?

    ok, cool. I couldn't find the stock pot I had in mind. So it looks like I will be using the turkey fryer. Thanks.
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    Used Turkey Fryer?

    I do have a clean stainless ~3 gallon stock pot. A fellow brewer was telling me that when he makes his, he just boils about 3-4 gallons of wort then adds that to 1-2 gallons of water in the fermentation bucket. Is this an acceptable way of doing the wort? If so I will just use the smaller...
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    Used Turkey Fryer?

    My parents have a turkey fryer pot that has been used many holidays to make turkeys. It has a sort of turkey/vegetable oil smell inside. It looks clean inside, there isn't anything caked on the walls. I just bought my first beer brew kit this weekend and am anxious to get started. Would a...
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