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    Repitched failure to launch

    I actually have a spigot on the side of my conical. It makes taking gravity readings a snap. So I only had to open it the one time. Thank you both for your help. I didn't know that pitching temperature was so much lower. I use the Wyeast pouches. I hadn't read the pitching temp on the packet, I...
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    Repitched failure to launch

    First off, I only opened the fermentor to put the additional yeast in the day after the first pitch which was recommended by my local brew supply. Next bringing it up to 80, which for these extract kits is the pitching temperature, I doubt will cause an off tastes. It wasn't impatience, just...
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    Repitched failure to launch

    So an update, I brought the temperature on my chocolate porter to 80 degrees for about 12 hours. All is well. It is chugging along like crazy. I just needed to wake it up, now it is eating and multiplying.
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    Repitched failure to launch

    Fascinating. I never knew! This is great news! I thought my California common had under attenuated because I had a OG of 1.045 with a hydrometer and then got a 1.019 for my FG on a refractometer. I thought I had a 3.3% beer...I am in Utah, so I thought maybe it's the water....kidding. But it...
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    Repitched failure to launch

    Thank you all... I haven't done the FG yet, just the OG and and SG. Yes I used a refractometer. Why do you have to use a hydrometer for FG. That the first I have heard that.
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    Repitched failure to launch

    So, I am making a chocolate porter. I brewed it Sunday. I had an initial gravity of 1.065. I added 2 lbs. of Pilsner to bump up my AVB to about 7-7.5%. I also added chocolate nibs treated with vodka to the boil as well as 1 lb of lactose. But, I forgot to make a starter. So I pitched the...
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    FastFerment Beer Jacket Help..

    So I have my Jacket on my wort in my conical fermenting a California Common. My yeast is eating away. I had an original wort temp after pitching of 77.8 degrees. I put 4 frozen 2 liter bottles in the bottom 18 hours ago. I added 3 large ice packs this morning because the temp was still 74...
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    To bottle, or not to bottle?

    The beer lab, 2.0.....California Common on the right in the brew jacket and and American Amber on the Left.
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    To bottle, or not to bottle?

    So took another reading today. Spot on 1.011 48 hours apart. Houston, we are ready for lift off! Again, thank you all for the help!
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    To bottle, or not to bottle?

    I brewed it almost 3 weeks ago. It's at 5.1% abv and recipe said it would be a 5.0% abv. So I think I am spot on. It is definitely my favorite batch so far. Brewed a California common today and I am in the middle of brewing an American Amber ale. But I am pretty beat. I bottled a cream ale with...
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    To bottle, or not to bottle?

    I took a final gravity...1.011. With an initial of 1.050. So it's 5.1% abv. Which is perfect! It tastes amazing as well! Thanks all for your help!
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    California Complete/Custom Blichmann Home Brewing System (30 Gallon) w/Conicals

    This is the most beautiful home set up I have seen. It is clear to see the labor of love that went into it. If this were December, for financial issues, I would buy this. But I can't do it now. If God forbid, this is still for sale then, I will tender you an offer and drive to California and...
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    To bottle, or not to bottle?

    My Belgian Witbier is still bubbling oh so slowly. But I am in secondary. I haven't had anything produce CO2 for this long. When I changed out the fermenter ball for the second time however, it had very little trub. So my question is, do I go ahead and bottle on schedule? Which is Wednesday...
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    Blow off tube came out of sanitizer

    My first two brews. I just got married, hence the second brew name. It was an orange, honey wheat. My daughter is a graphic artist. So yeah, free label design!
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    Blow off tube came out of sanitizer

    Sweet!!!! Thank you all. I was really excited about this batch. Orange peel and coriander. Yum! I didn't want any issues. Let's hear it for the Fast Ferment Conicals! I love my two! Making the Lager in two weeks! I am so excited. I need more bottles!
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    Blow off tube came out of sanitizer

    So I am making a Belgian Witbier, which I am so excited to do. I used a blowoff tube. The first day was aggressive fermenting. I used wyeast and a starter. It is in a fast ferment conical. I came down to my "beer room" which is my cold storage at 68 degrees the second day (yesterday). The blow...
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