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  1. JWWard03

    Ice instead of a wort chiller?

    Well, all of my water comes from the backyard hose so I don't think it will hurt it to come from the fridge ice maker. We have pretty good water in our neighborhood. I wasn't sure if there was a specific reason for cooling it down slower than ice will do.
  2. JWWard03

    Ice instead of a wort chiller?

    Hi all. I use the Northern Brewer 5 gallon LME kits and have had good results in all 8 batches I've tried. I do not have a wort chiller and have no plans to invest in one. I typically put the whole brew pot in a cold cooler with circulating water and it takes 15 minutes to get down to the 70...
  3. JWWard03

    How long is too long for primary fermentation?

    I bottled it up last Thursday and it smelled stronger than previous batches, but I think I'm good. I was a good boy and didn't open the cap (using a Big Mouth Bubbler) or mess with the airlock for the whole 4 weeks and there was still liquid in the airlock with no bugs in the final product...
  4. JWWard03

    How long is too long for primary fermentation?

    Thank you. There is still water in the airlock so I think I'm good.
  5. JWWard03

    How long is too long for primary fermentation?

    Hi all. I brewed a batch of Block Party LME about a month ago and haven't gotten around to bottling yet. I used the Safe Ale 05 yeast and it was bubbling hard for 3-4 days early on in the process. It's in a plastic carboy and sealed with a valve in a 72-74 degree room. The instructions say...
  6. JWWard03

    Hot and heavy at first.....then nothing

    Thanks. The smell was really good during the boil. Quick, violent and short is a good description.
  7. JWWard03

    Hot and heavy at first.....then nothing

    Extract kit - 5 gallons
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    Hot and heavy at first.....then nothing

    Hi all. I brewed a batch of Caribou Slobber by Northern Brewer the other day and it smells really good. I put the yeast in (LalBrew® Windsor British Ale Dry Yeast) and it started foaming and burping within a few hours. It was very active for 48 hours and has since stopped doing almost...
  9. JWWard03

    Priming Sugar Question

    Hi all. I bottled a really good tasting Phat Tyre from Northern Brewer a few weeks ago. The test bottle had really good carbonation after just a week, but a couple of the bottles I've had since waiting another week didn't have much at all. They weren't flat, but it wasn't as good as the test...
  10. JWWard03

    Fermenting without an airlock?

    I would think it all depends on the area you are fermenting in. If it's a clean area with no bugs it should be fine. I have a lot of gnats, flies and mosquitos in my area so an airlock or vented lid is a must for me.
  11. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    I bottled last night and there was just too much floating around and a really thick yeast cake on the bottom. I lost around a gallon of usable beer. I think next time I'll move it to secondary before adding the dry hops just to see if it will help with the sediment. I know it increases the...
  12. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    Understood. Thank you.
  13. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    Doesn't using a siphon reduce the oxidation possibility? That's all I use to transfer.
  14. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    The OG was 1.064.
  15. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    I'm going to move it to my bottling bucket (5 gallon vs 6 1/2 gallon capacity) today and let it sit a couple days in there for the sediment to settle before bottling. Definitely not planning to get the full 5 gallons out of this one. This will likely be the last batch I ferment in that bucket...
  16. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    I checked the gravity last night and it is at 1.010 right now giving me a 6.7% ABV. Can I expect it to come down some more? I tasted a little of it and boy did it taste strong already with a solid bitterness. This will definitely be a sipping beer.
  17. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    Thanks. Is the best way to get the sample to use the tube from my siphon and plug the end with the thumb?
  18. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    I added the hops on Friday and it looks like this now. It smells really good, but the head isn't going down anymore. Is it going to stay there because of the hops or should I wait till that is gone before checking the gravity the first time. Also, do I throw away the portion that I use for...
  19. JWWard03

    Dry Hop Question

    Hi all. The IPA kit I'm using from Northern Brewery says to dry hop in the remaining hops with 7 days of fermentation left. It also says to move to a secondary, but consensus here says that a secondary is unneeded. Do I just put the hops directly into the primary fermenter and let it work for...
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