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    Excessive sediment in bottles

    Well I used WyLabs yeast I think. First time using it. I did keep it in secondary for 3 weeks, so that shouldn't be an issue I guess when it comes to sediment in bottles, I think a thin film on the bottom that basically sits there. When I agitate these bottles a load of junk swirls up from the...
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    Excessive sediment in bottles

    I realized after I posted and reread my initial post that I worded it a little funny. What I meant to say was that I hadn't brewed in 8 months. It had been in fermentation for a month. 1 week in primary and then 3 in the secondary with dry hopping in a grain bag. It was bottled on Monday so it's...
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    Excessive sediment in bottles

    Hi everyone, after a long hiatus from the forums, I'm back with another noob question. Recently I bottled our first batch after about 8 months or so of not brewing. I just checked on the bottles and there is an excessive amount of junk in the bottom. I've never had this much before. Everything...
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    Looking to begin a batch from scratch. Any pointers?

    My girlfriend and I have been brewing for about a year and change now. We've done close to 15 batches from the Brewer's Best series with varying degrees of success. The latest, an Imperial Blonde Ale was meh but drinkable. I decided to add some left over hops and it just turned the beer a little...
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    Probably a Silly Question - (secondary activity)

    I haven't taken a hydro reading since my very first batch. I felt like I was reading it wrong and so I quit doing it. Plus I was too afraid of contamination. I guess I could venture another try though. We did leave it in the primary for about 2 weeks. Maybe it needed another week?
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    Probably a Silly Question - (secondary activity)

    Ok, so I responded to someone else's thread on another part of the forums, but didn't really get any response. I'm trying again with a picture. This California Imperial Ale has been in the 2ndary for 8 days now. I pulled probably too much of the trub from the primary in transfer. I usually don't...
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    Out of control Secondary!!

    Yeah similar problem here, but not foaming out of airlock. Just a thinnish layer of foam on the top, which I've never seen before. One thing that's different about my secondary that never happened before, is that I had really soupy trub, much more than usual. I ended up transferring more of it...
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    Who's had the Sam Adams Longshot winners?

    Well, my taste might not be as discerning as some of you guys, but I liked them both. My girlfriend and I are only our 8th batch right now after all. I thought the weizenbock had good body without being overpowering and the grape pale ale is a really nice summer brew. I'd buy this again if it...
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    Dortmunder Brown not so brown

    Thanks Oompa Loompa, well it wasn't our first beer, just our first Dortmunder. It was actually our first Dort. I just brewed our 6th and it was a Nut Brown, also from Brewer's Best. We did ok on this one, except for the fact that our airlock wasn't airtight from the get-go. Our next brew...
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    Dortmunder Brown not so brown

    My girlfriend and I brewed our first Dort from a Brewer's Best kit. Actually I ended up doing most of the work, as she had to go to work. I think I did ok, although pouring into the primary while straining proved very trick solo. We just bottled a week ago, and I have to say, the color is more...
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    Airlock not secure. Problem?

    ok what does RDWHAHB! mean? I guess I'm out of the loop. Thanks again guys. I haven't ruined a batch yet **knock on wood. so I guess we'll just wait and see.
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    Airlock not secure. Problem?

    Thanks Yoop, Well, Airlock activity has almost completely stopped. Can't help but think that if the problem hadn't happened in the first place, she'd still be bubbling away happily. We'll see though huh?
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    Airlock not secure. Problem?

    Well my girlfriend and I just brewed our 5th batch this Tuesday, a Brewer's Best Nut Brown Ale. I think everything went perfectly. Last Night when I came home, I opened up my closet and expected to see heavy activity in the airlock. Nothing. Upon closer inspection and realizing the closet...
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    No Krausen?!

    Yeah, I'll check the hydrometer today. What was your fg on your dort? We just sort of picked up this kit randomly. I'm not even familiar with the style. But I'm definitely looking forward to trying it out, provided it works out.
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    No Krausen?!

    Well, I brewed a dortmunder brown by brewer's best. Everything went well. Although pouring and straining into the primary was a bit tricky because I did it solo. My girlfriend usually helps me out. I got good activity in the airlock for a couple of days after putting into the primary. Today...
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    Winter Ale #2

    Yeah, all-spice berries are a good idea. Do you crush or grind them before adding? And do you skip secondary? I'm thinking I might keep this one in the secondary for an extra week or so. I'm not sure if this has any benefits though.
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    Winter Ale #2

    Ok, so my girlfriend and I brewed a winter ale in November, and it was ok. She didn't like it. I thought it was drinkable, but not great. We added the spice in a muslin bag in the secondary that sat for two weeks. We just brewed our second one with the same recipe, but a variation or two...
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    Slightly grainy brew after 8 days

    Did the the 3-0-3 thing on my first brew, an IPA from Brewer's Best, and it went great. I actually did this because I just didn't have any carboys yet. I was thinking of getting them after the first week in the primary, but read on here that it was fine to leave it in the primary for 3 weeks. I...
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    overflow!

    Yeah, I had this issue on my first batch of winter spiced ale, a Brewer's Best kit. The first few 6 packs didn't do it, but when I got to the 2nd case, I had to make sure I opened it over the sink. Now, I figure with an infected beer, you get really bad taste, but in this case, they tasted the...
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    40 oz short

    I also was about a half gallon short when adding my wort and water to the primary. After adding the 3 gallons of water which the recipe calls for, we were still short on getting the final volume to 5 gallons. So I added an additional 1/2 gallon to the mix to bring it up to 5 gallons. It seemed...
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