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Old 01-08-2018, 12:59 PM   #61
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Yup, this place is awesome.
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:07 PM   #62
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I ordered this one type called "He-Brew" but I couldn't read the instructions because they were all in Yiddish

I kid, I kid...My wife and I did a bunch of wine at this one place and a friend of mine was helping us and he bought some weird named beer kit and the stuff turned out to be the best beer we've ever had. I couldn't believe how good it really was, I don't drink too often but I might start doing this just to have around. Even my wife's friend liked it and she doesn't like beer.

As I said, I'm not a big beer drinker but in the past year or so I've enjoyed home brew kits more than any other beer.
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:10 PM   #63
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Most Ale kits will be pretty easy. Gets tricky when fermenting Lagers though as you need cold fermentation. The guys at Township 24 in Chestermere started out home brewing and now they have their own brewery that makes amazing beer.
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Question...

My kit has been down for about a week ow.

However I think the ambient temp is a little less than what is called for in the instructions. (18 - 21 deg C) (Cold Basement)

Knowing that should I just wait for a stable SG before I bottle or is there another way to know when the fermentation is done ?

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Old 01-15-2018, 02:24 PM   #65
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Grapes to glass was great just too far away. I did get what needed though.

Lunch at the Reagle Beagle next door was good too.

The vineyard place is moving to 130th Ave area. Hopefully the new store will be up and running soon.
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:29 PM   #66
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My kit has been down for about a week ow.

However I think the ambient temp is a little less than what is called for in the instructions. (18 - 21 deg C) (Cold Basement)

Knowing that should I just wait for a stable SG before I bottle or is there another way to know when the fermentation is done ?

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Just wait it out for a stable SG. I always found the kit instructions are minimum times and had better results by being patient. Colder fermentation can take a lot longer though. If that is your normal brewing area get a heat belt for the first week in the primary.
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I had no idea there was a brewing thread anywhere on this board. I'm an avid brewer, all grain, and keg and dispense. I'd love to share tips, tricks, advice, equipment opinions etc. to anyone who wants to know. I've been brewing for about 12 years now, write recipes, etc. I would just be happy to save someone headaches and money as well as time with everything I've gone through.

I've gone through the entire gamut of brewing styles and techniques, from modifying kits (FWIW I despise kits, they create "homebrew" taste), to BIAB, electric brewing, 1, 2 and 3 vessel, keggles, indoor, outdoor, bottle conditioning, keg conditioning, gunning, handwritten recipes, Wort app, Beersmith (current use), etc.

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My kit has been down for about a week ow.

However I think the ambient temp is a little less than what is called for in the instructions. (18 - 21 deg C) (Cold Basement)

Knowing that should I just wait for a stable SG before I bottle or is there another way to know when the fermentation is done ?

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wait for stable SG, otherwise you are making bottle bombs.
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And if you think it sucks waiting, try brewing gluten free. Some of mine take 3 months before I can bottle them, and another 2 months in the bottle to get proper carbonation!
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And if you think it sucks waiting, try brewing gluten free. Some of mine take 3 months before I can bottle them, and another 2 months in the bottle to get proper carbonation!
Have you tried clarity ferm? Works great for non celiacs!
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Ya, I'm celiac so not going to risk that.
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So...I bottled according to the instructions and added 1/2 tsp of Corn Sugar to each bottle for carbonation.

After a week I checked and there is little to no 'fizz".

Should I wait a bit longer or have I messed up this batch.
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Aren't you looking at like 3 weeks to natural carb in bottles?
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So...I bottled according to the instructions and added 1/2 tsp of Corn Sugar to each bottle for carbonation.

After a week I checked and there is little to no 'fizz".

Should I wait a bit longer or have I messed up this batch.
It can take several weeks to carbonate as there isn't much yeast left in each bottle.

When are you storing them? what is the temperature?

If you are impatient, move them someplace a little warmer and it'll speed up.
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Not impatient...Just want to ensure I'm doing it right...

They again are in my basement. A little cooler than typical room ambient temp. But wrapped in several old sleeping bags for warmth / protection.

I'll check again next weekend.

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To save your sanity from adding sugar to every bottle, next time boil about a cup of water and mix the corn sugar into that. Should be 220 grams for 23 L batch. You then rack from your carboy back into your primary bucket, and stir in the sugar water. Then bottle. Give it a stir ever 6 or so bottles as you go to ensure it stays evenly mixed.
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Not impatient...Just want to ensure I'm doing it right...

They again are in my basement. A little cooler than typical room ambient temp. But wrapped in several old sleeping bags for warmth / protection.

I'll check again next weekend.

Thanks.
Wrapping something that doesn't output heat in a sleeping bag doesn't heat it up. (but it is a good idea to protect against glass-splosions)

They will take several weeks to carb in your basement. If you want them to carb faster, move them upstairs into a bathroom or something (someplace with a heat vent). I recommend a rarely used bathtub with the shower curtain shut and an old towel on top (in case you added too much sugar and they become bottle bombs)

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Not impatient...Just want to ensure I'm doing it right...

They again are in my basement. A little cooler than typical room ambient temp. But wrapped in several old sleeping bags for warmth / protection.

I'll check again next weekend.

Thanks.
I feel like opening them every week is counter productive? You're introducing oxygen and letting any built up co2 out.

Or is the co2 heavy enough that air doesn't enter?
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To save your sanity from adding sugar to every bottle, next time boil about a cup of water and mix the corn sugar into that. Should be 220 grams for 23 L batch. You then rack from your carboy back into your primary bucket, and stir in the sugar water. Then bottle. Give it a stir ever 6 or so bottles as you go to ensure it stays evenly mixed.
This is a good strategy. The only change I'd make (aside from going straight to kegging :P) is to add the sugar water to the bottling bucket first. Then when you rack onto it, it'll stir itself in.

You want to minimize how much you stir the beer in the bottling bucket, as it will introduce oxygen (which you don't want).
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I feel like opening them every week is counter productive? You're introducing oxygen and letting any built up co2 out.
Yeah, stop opening them!

Next time, put some of the beer in a plastic bottle (1L or 2L pop bottle). Then you can squeeze it from time to time to check the carbonation level without oxidizing your beer and/or introducing contaminants.
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