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  1. greyhound

    Plastic bottles bulging

    Well I seem to be in a "brewing slump" lately. My last few batches have not met my expectations for various reasons; drinkable but some not as good as expected. I have been brewing with MrBeer for ~5 years now and have made >70 batches (nearly all different recipes) most of which were pretty decent. Still have my original LBK which I though I would have rendered unusable way before now by dropping or other mishandling. Also recently started using a 3 gallon FastFerment; not sure yet if I'll stick with it. Has some advantages over LBK but some disadvantages too. I clean and sanitize meticulously and don't allow anything to contact the brew unsanitized. Only use purchased bottled spring water. Anyway, I'm just venting. And like any good baseball player in a slump, will continue swinging until I bat my way out of it. Cheers.
  2. greyhound

    Plastic bottles bulging

    Thanks for the replies. I believe for me it all boils not allowing enough fermentation time. My bottle bulge problem occurred during the time I was following the early 1 -2 week MrBeer recommendation. Now it's 3 week min recommendation. I don't believe I was adding too much sugar as I measured it carefully for each bottle according to the size I was using. I have recently questioned if sugar QUALITY might have been a factor. My wife pointed out that she doesn't always buy Domino which I didn't know and perhaps store brands are not as good. I have a hydrometer but hate fussing with it. May have to reconsider.
  3. greyhound

    Plastic bottles bulging

    I know this has been discussed before but I don't know if anything has been done to improve the design so that the bottoms of the 16oz bottles don't bulge and deform during carbonation. I today am discarding several due to this. So my second question is, are they recyclable? I couldn't see any symbol to suggest they are.
  4. greyhound

    No evidence of fermentation?

    It's been 49 years for us together now - and sadly - I'm STILL learning "how to communicate like an adult"...
  5. greyhound

    No evidence of fermentation?

    Post script. My wife said the day following my misadventure "couldn't you have have sanitized a large pot and captured most of the brew and then transferred it to bottles"??? Hmmm.. Yes... I think that would have worked. I was able to shut off the flow but could open the valve again without losing control of it. But placing a large pot under the outlet and draining the fermenter makes sense - now... (she also said "you weren't willing to listen to suggestions and were swearing a lot at the time so I knew it was a lost cause to suggest a solution because you weren't receptive)"... I hate it when she's right - which is most of the time. 😒
  6. greyhound

    No evidence of fermentation?

    Frustrating update... this morning I decided to bottle. As mentioned, I am using a FastFerment. With valve shut, while disconnecting the threaded union at the bottom that holds the trub collection jar, beer started flowing. No matter what I did I couldn't correct it. Lost the entire batch. The ball valve bottom seal threaded seat had turned loose as I was unscrewing the union and I couldn't get it tightened enough with my fingers to correct it. Not being familiar with the FastFerment, I didn't realize until subsequently visiting one of their cleaning videos that the ball handle can be pulled off and there are "nubs" on the handle that can be used to turn the seal seal. Had I known that, I likely could have tightened the seat through the beer flow and only lost a portion of the batch. Don't know why this came loose. This batch was my third with the FastFerment. Not sure I'm going to like the FastFerment method vs. LBK.... Not giving up yet.
  7. greyhound

    Temperature Question??

    You can adjust the temp by using fewer or smaller frozen water bottles and/or prop the cooler lid open a bit to allow some cold out.
  8. greyhound

    No evidence of fermentation?

    Yes, there has been plenty of trub accumulating in the collection jar at the bottom. So perhaps the fermentation did take place. I was was concerned because I never saw any sign of gas bubbles in the air lock as was always the case in previous batches. Will be bottling later this week and see how it turns out.
  9. greyhound

    No evidence of fermentation?

    Good thought. I do and I will. Never liked using one but in this case, I'll make an exception.
  10. greyhound

    No evidence of fermentation?

    Oh....gee. All these years, I've been bottling warts. That could explain the odd flavor I guess. 😅 Note to self: READ carefully before hitting "submit"!
  11. Recently started a batch of Sir Kenneth Blonde Ale in a FastFerment. Pitched the supplied Safale US-05 yeast into wart that was within specified fermenting temp range. No evidence of any fermentation, never mind "high krausen". E-mail MrBeer and they sent me a new packet of Safale US-05 that I pitched 9 days after first pitch (on June 4). Still no evidence of fermentation. I've brewed over 80 batches of MrBeer and have never have had this happen before. I'm going to bottle it next week and see what happens. Any thoughts on this?
  12. I've been brewing with MrBeer for many years but am wondering why the instructions that used to call for 2/2/2+ weeks for the three stages now call for 3/3/3+? (actually, I have my original directions that came with the kit now in front of me which say for both fermentation and carbonation, "allow a minimum of 7 days" and for conditioning, "after your beer has carbonated it is ready to drink. However, to improve flavor of your beer even more, you may wish to condition it for weeks or even months"). So what if anything changed that has resulted in the longer recommended stages?
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