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Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 1503
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 05:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Today, I:

- brewed a split batch American Brown/Northern English Brown
- kegged a BoPils
- kegged a Helles
- kegged a CAP
- kegged a Cream Ale
- kegged a fruit lambic
- bottled/mini-kegged a Roggenbier

I even started drinking after the brew session, too!

As an aside, an interesting data point on Wyeast Northwestern Ale, which I used in both beers - my two browns are of identical gravity and were oxygenated more-or-less identically. I pitched the American Brown at 64 degrees and the English Brown at about 72, which subsequently cooled to 70 before it took off. The English Brown is at least three hours ahead of the American Brown - it was raging at about four hours, whereas the American Brown is just lacing at six hours.
 

Hophead
Senior Member
Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2712
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 04:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just did a round of kegging and secondary transfers myself, what fun... Thinking of a double brew session this friday night to fill up the conical.

Better watch that english brown, if it's raging at 70F, it's likely over 75F inside, may be a bit warm for ale yeast?
 

Bob Wall
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Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 1369
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 71.204.51.87
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I got a-lot done on Sunday. I cleaned and sanitized three cornys and transferred 10 gallons of Wit and 5 gallons of Pale Ale into them. I also cleaned 4 of my beer lines and got the new kegs hooked up after quick force-carbonating. They still have a couple more days before they get to the proper CO2 volumes, but they are close enough to enjoy. I also cleaned and stored 2 fermenting buckets and 2 carboys. I store my carboys full with Starsan. that way, they are ready to go whenever I need them, and I have a bunch of sanitizer when I need it.
 

ChriSto
Intermediate Member
Username: Christo

Post Number: 312
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 06:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gosh, my weekend looked rather wimpy in comparison: bottled a Biere de Garde, transferred Helles Bock to keg, and brewed an Alt (and drank lots of Kolsch).

But I did also finish painting the trim in the family room and attended the kids' basketball games, so all in all a busy weekend.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 1505
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 06:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Better watch that english brown, if it's raging at 70F, it's likely over 75F inside, may be a bit warm for ale yeast?"

Yeah, I know, I am a little concerned about it, but I'm out of options. My basement is at 50 degrees right now, the top of my basement stairwell is at 58, so all I'm left with is the inside of my house, which is 69. I chose to ferment it in a Better Bottle, which doesn't have the insulating qualities of a thick glass carboy, and hopefully it will dissipate enough heat to keep it under control. It's against the coolest wall on the north side of the house.

The US brown is at the top of the stairwell with a heat wrap and a thermowell, so it's holding steady at 64.
 

Ben Schy
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Username: Bens

Post Number: 158
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 71.154.231.217
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 06:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Had a big brew weekend... 3x10 gallon batches: Kolsch, Amber Ale and IPA. Didn't keg anything, but emptied a few kegs (St. Chucks Porter, IPA) during the brew day!
 

Denny Conn
Senior Member
Username: Denny

Post Number: 6637
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 140.211.82.4
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 06:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Graham, you are an over achiever! I brewed a single batch about a week ago, and in my current condition it took me 2 days to recover! Can't wait to be healthy enough to brew normally again!
 

Hophead
Senior Member
Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2713
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 08:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BobW, that's a LOT of sanitizer! Wow. 5star chemicals thanks you...

Never got around to jury riggin' a device to cool the conical, so I'm hoping my garage temps will be ok for the next couple of weeks for some cal common yeast. Should be in the 55-60F range...
 

Bob Wall
Senior Member
Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 1370
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 139.76.224.66
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 09:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I buy it by the gallon.
 

Steve Pierson
Intermediate Member
Username: Stevepierson

Post Number: 354
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 66.162.131.35
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I read this thread and I realize I'm a slacker. Better get busy - hoping for some decent brewing weather (daytime temps in the 40's) this weekend.
 

teetotaler
Junior Member
Username: Nephi

Post Number: 55
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 162.116.29.69
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Graham exemplifies the phrase "will work for beer"
 

Graham Cox
Senior Member
Username: T2driver

Post Number: 1509
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 05:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ah, yes, but it's a labor of love.