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Jeremy S (205.188.208.75)
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2003 - 09:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Got a GC for my LHBS and a few extra dollars and I went and bought a beer kit, 6.5 gal HDPE bucket, JET bottle washer and adapter, new spigot, an auto-siphon and an 80 bottle drying tree. Man am I stoked!!!

Kit is a smooth nut brown. OG is 1.051, the OG would have been lower except I threw in the extra 4 or 5 ounces of brown sugar that I had left over from my last batch. Next week I will buy a 5 gal glass and do my secondary, if I can afford it. Ended up with about 6 gal of wort...won't be here when the thing gets going so I just threw a towel over the lid and airlock in a futile attempt at preventing a violent pop.
 

robert rulmyr (63.156.128.21)
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2003 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congrats! It does feel good.
I just leave the lid on my bucket loose, no 'violent pops'.

I recently moved up to 10 gallon batches. I feel stoked too! Yesterday I used a nylon 'paint strainer bag' for my pellet hops. I used 7 ounces of hops in the bag, there was room for several pounds.

WacoBob
 

don price (65.32.41.166)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 01:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

JS,

The secondary is optional for typical ales like yours. Just let the primary go for 10-14 days and you should be ready to bottle (though checking with a hydrometer is best).

Keep it simple. Good luck with the cleanup!

Don
 

Jeremy S (64.12.96.42)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 06:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No pop yet...don't think there will be one for this recipe. Altho if I try one of Walt's recipes I will almost certainly have a pop...where to get a 5 gallon yeast starter for a six gallon batch? :) Fermentation is coming along great...no bubble counting this time as I am trying to distance myself from Fred. :) I figure about 7 days in primary...I have at least five gallons worth of equipment and a 70 oz beer bottle to secondary in, I like to secondary...it make me feel better!
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 06:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

heh Jeremy...
"where to get a 5 gallon yeast starter for a six gallon batch?"
If you build it, they will come....;>

Walt
 

Michael (69.132.111.174)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>>>won't be here when the thing gets going so I just threw a towel over the lid and airlock in a futile attempt at preventing a violent pop. >>>

Get yer'self a blowoff tube. Never thought you'd join a cult, eh? :>)
 

Jeremy S (198.81.26.14)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd get a blowoff tube if I was using a carboy, but I'm using a 6.5 gal HDPE bucket. Carboys and a bottling bucket are next on the list tho!

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