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  1. scouterbill

    Leaking Spigot

    Yeast and wort is it relatively forgiving combination. Give it three weeks and your beer should turn out fine as long as you can maintain wort temperatures in the 64° to 68° range. As far as the spigot is concerned, is the leak coming from the actual spigot or from where it connects to the LBK? If it's coming from where the spigot connects to the LBK, that's probably due to the fact that the molding of the LBK has left small ridges where the 2 halves meet. You can use either Emery cloth or fine grain sandpaper to very gently smooth those out. If the leaking is coming from the spigot, you will need to take the spigot apart and check all of the mating surfaces. There might be a deformed o-ring or the spigot is not fully tightened down. You'll need to take the spigot apart anyway to clean it once you bottle this batch and that would be a good time to do your inspection. It's always a good practice to fill the LBK at least half full of water and let it sit for 20 minutes to half an hour to check for any leaks before filling with the wort. This batch has shown you why. You might want to go ahead and order another spigot just to have on hand. I have a few spares myself, because they don't last forever. RDWHAHB ('R'elax, 'D'on't 'W'orry 'H'ave 'A' 'H'ome 'B'rew)
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    Diablo IPA with US-05

    Nice! Welcome back to the dysfunctional family.
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    Not to mention having a clearer complexion, brighter smile, and fuller hair! 🤣
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    longest you have let bottles sit?

    I still have 9 bottles of Belgian Spiced Ale (the 2013 Winter Season Ale) brewed in September of 2016. The last one that I tried (about a month ago) was still amazing. It all depends on the style. An IPA that old wouldn't taste anything like it did after 4-6 weeks, if it was even worth drinking at all.
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    Induction cooktop

    I use one for doing 30 minute DME hop stand batches. It's worked nicely for me so far. The temperature varies about 8-10 degrees (148-158 F), but since I'm not doing a mash the temperature accuracy isn't critical. It's turned out some really nice DME IPA's and my brew day (for an LBK sized batch) is about an hour from setup to fermenter including cleanup.
  6. Is it bad that I've got my fermentation fridge and temperature control on an uninterruptible power supply? ☺️
  7. I'm definitely good with Louisville. Lots of things to do other than beer.
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    Newbie needs brew plan confirmation

    I can add one thing to this conversation. Only chill what you will be drinking, not the whole batch. Leave everything out to continue conditioning. So if you plan on drinking two or three of your beers, three days before drinking them put them in the fridge and chill them down. Also, most of your beers will improve with age so chill a few and try them at four weeks, chill a few and try them at five weeks,… One notable exception to this would be IPA's. You want to drink those young as the hop characteristics of your beer tail off 'relatively quickly'. Welcome to your new obsession and most importantly patience, patience, patience!
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    Carb Cond Chamber & Brew Cellar

    Damn, you could lager in there!
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    Carb Cond Chamber & Brew Cellar

    I jealous that you have a basement, let alone that it stays that cool with as hot as it is. Nice!
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    Our baby is all grown up and leaving the nest. 😩 Just concentrate on the process and it'll be great.
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Trust me, I wanted to be there!
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    Why the longer brew cycle?

    By the end of two weeks "fermentation" is complete as the old instructions state. However, yeast continue to clean up after themselves by clearing out components that would lend to off flavors. Three weeks is the ideal time in the fermenter for "optimum flavor" as the new instructions state.
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    No evidence of fermentation?

    Is there any trub on the bottom of the fermenter? Krausen isn't the only sign of fermentation.
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    Long Play IPA Tweaking

    As far as hop flavor and aroma are concerned, those are either very late boil additions or an addition at flame out. Also dry hopping after active fermentation will lend some hop flavor and more hop aroma. As far as lightning your brew, there's not much you can do with extract brewing. You could use less extract for the same amount of water, however, that would lend itself to a lower ABV beer. The fresher the extract the lighter the color will tend to be as the extract tends to darken over time. With extract brewing I would worry less about the color of your beer than I would about your process. As you move toward all grain brewing the color will tend to be closer to, if not right where you want it to be.
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    First partial mash attempt & newbie mistakes

    You're doomed! Pitch it and start over. RDWHAHB!
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    I'm working out the logistics of this one. If I go, I'll head out Friday morning so that I can check in to the hotel and go to the Friday night festivities. Sleep in Saturday morning to head back home by noon.
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    Tell Yoda where to go

    You had me at bacon!
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    Mount Vernon. About 1 hour east of St. Louis.
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    MUG MidWest Meeting #2

    The jury is out on this. I just looked and it's a 6 & 1/2 hour drive to Fairfield, OH. I'll need to do some serious thinking on this.
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    Tell Yoda where to go

    Tempting! SWMBO will be in California the whole month of June. College age kids can fend for themselves. Birthday weekend. I might have a birthday road trip here.
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    Tell Yoda where to go

    Louisville to St. Louis is about 4 hours on Interstate 64 (260 miles). Just sayin'!
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    Any Oregon Mr Beer users yet?

    Beaver, Oregon (not Beaverton). Not to far from Portland. There was 1 & 1/2 miles of the Nestucca river that flowed through the property where I was staying. Great for fishing, mostly brown trout. I was also amazed at the size of the crayfish, almost tiny lobsters. It was the greenest state that I have ever seen.
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    hydrometer readings for Voodoo batch

    Your reading is probably correct at 0.995 for the spring water. Distilled water should be at 1.000, so if you get a reading of 0.995, you should add 0.005 to your reading. That's because your hydrometer is reading 0.995 on something that is at 1.000. That being said, 0.005 is negligible in the grand scheme of things! RDWDAHB!