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accepted Can wort layering significantly affect OG reading?
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comment Can wort layering significantly affect OG reading?
I should have been more clear. I definitely shook the carboy a lot simply to oxygenate the wort. I now suspect that density layering will happen anyway on rare occasions, depending on the recipe, even after homogenized mixing. @Denny Did you drop it? I can't understand how you'd break one by shaking it. I either hold mine sideways and shake it in the air, or I rock it a lot on a linoleum floor.
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accepted Any reason not to lower a hydrometer into my secondary?
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comment How do you prevent boil-overs?
Really? I regularly do this for 3-4 gallon boils in a 5.5 gallon pot. Any rising froth immediately recedes once heat is not being applied, so it's not going to get on my hands. If it seems too heavy, one can set it down on the adjacent burner.
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accepted Should I factor out sugar-to-alcohol conversion in stage 2 of a three-wort batch?
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comment Any reason not to lower a hydrometer into my secondary?
Right, but that's why I'd be doing this in the secondary. My secondaries usually start with only a thin (1mm?) layer of bubbles and then become placid. Even if the bubbles are actually krausen foam, what about waiting until the surface is placid?
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asked Any reason not to lower a hydrometer into my secondary?
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comment Should I factor out sugar-to-alcohol conversion in stage 2 of a three-wort batch?
Thanks. I'll do what you suggest about the sugar variety, but is it necessary if the non-malt sugars are basically pure sucrose?
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comment Should I factor out sugar-to-alcohol conversion in stage 2 of a three-wort batch?
Thanks. Does it change anything if I use Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey? I keep reading that it is slow to start.
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answered How do I know if my beer is safe to drink?
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comment Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
When I use an immersion chiller, I don't blast the water through it. I run the tap at a medium rate. It empties into a 6-gallon bucket, and although I've gotten quite close to the rim, the bucket has never overfilled before I was down to pitching temp. Granted, I stand there and wiggle the chiller to keep the hottest wort exposed to the coils. Anyway, hyperbole aside, 50 gallons is way more water than you actually use this way. (And 5 gallons is a nice pre-warmed amount to jump in to cooking your next batch with :) )
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answered Is an immersion chiller really necessary?