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Feb
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answered What about opened LME cans?
Feb
1
comment Brew Fail Diagnosis Help
Actually, racking while it's actively fermenting won't stop the fermentation. If there are unfermentable sugars and there are viable yeast in suspension, it will continue to ferment in the secondary. And since the secondary shouldn't have any head space, racking too early is likely to cause quite a mess when the krausen invades your airlock. In fact, it's possible to re-start a stuck fermentation by racking, because the disturbance can stir up flocculated yeast and get them going again - another risk of racking too soon.
Feb
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comment Brew Fail Diagnosis Help
Moving a still-fermenting beer to a secondary won't stop fermentation. They yeast in suspension will move to the secondary, too, and will continue to do their job there. It will continue to ferment in the carboy.
Jan
29
answered Beer and Cupcake Pairings
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
Heh. I was being fatuous. I've got a Belhaven Scottish clone on deck... Since I extract brew, I use bottled spring water. I don't know how much calcium it has.
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
Would putting a 70 F carboy into a 38 F refrigerator be extreme?
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
I added 1/8 tsp yeast nutrient to this batch. How do you know I won't be brewing nothing but double chocolate stout from here on out? :D
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
I added 1/8 tsp yeast nutrient to this batch. How do you know I won't be brewing nothing but double chocolate stout from here on out?
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
Yes, the cocoa and lactose were added to the boil. I don't know how much they throw off my attenuation estimates, as I can't find a listing for the ppg of them. Do you (or anyone else) know the ppg of lactose and cocoa?
Jan
29
answered What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
Thanks for the answer. I'm pretty sure that the yeast are done eating. It was at 1.021 after 15 days in the primary, then after 14 more days in the secondary it fell to 1.018. Primary temp was 68 F when I checked it every day, secondary temp has been 70 F.
Jan
29
comment What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
It is at 70 degrees F.
Jan
29
asked What would cause yeast to fail to flocculate?
Jan
28
answered Pellets, Plugs and Whole Hops
Jan
23
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Jan
22
accepted How much chocolate extract should I use?
Jan
22
comment How much chocolate extract should I use?
I think we have a winner. Though, I think this beer will be better 6 months out than it will after even a month in the secondary and a few weeks in the bottle. It's going to try my patience. :)
Jan
22
answered Gelatin for clearer beer
Jan
21
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Jan
21
comment Glass Carboy vs. Better Bottle
I have one those handles on my carboys and they're certainly useful, but I think I'd rather have one of these: midwestsupplies.com/6-5-gallon-carboy-bag.html or midwestsupplies.com/the-brew-hauler.html