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StretchNM

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  • Birthday 10/27/1958

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    Alamogordo, NM
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    Hunting, Fishing, Reloading, Woodworking, and now.....brewing

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  1. StretchNM

    All-grain Brew Day

    Well, I just checked OG before pitching the yeast. 1.022 Oh well, maybe it'll be near beer. To say I'm disappointed would be misrepresenting my true feelings. I know I did everything per instructions, from sanitizing, to boiling to hopping, to cooling... The only thing that occurs to me now is that, after I added my 70-F water to the wort to reach the one-gallon mark, I did not stir or shake it up. I just relied on the turbulence I observed on pouring the water in to think that it was mixed enough. After pitching the yeast, I did shake and stir well, but by then it was too late for the hydrometer, and even if not, it is now. Anyway, my first all-grain batch is in the cooler. But again, on The Lighter Side©, as I was cleaning up my wife comes home and says there's a box on the porch for me. A new LBK, That Voodoo...., and Oktoberfest is inside. A happy ending.
  2. StretchNM

    All-grain Brew Day

    You know, I did wonder if it was ok to use the tube and jar as an "air lock". The decision has been made. No airlock will be used on this one. Thank you Cato Also, I did sanitize the muslim sack for my aroma hops using Star San. I washed my hands in the solution and wrung the sack out. I hope it doesn't cause any problems.
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    All-grain Brew Day

    Thanks Creeps McLane. I'm able to keep my camping cooler in the proper range (about 60-F, thereby my ferment is at about 65-F +or-) using water bottles, BUT.... my problem is next week when I switch my jug fermenter from the blow-off tube to the air-lock, then it's too tall to fit in the cooler. The airlock adds several inches of height to the affair. Part of my mashing is to add remaining hops at the end of the boil - just before cool-down. I'm planning to put those hops in a muslim sack. Should I sanitize the sack first? Since it won't get more than a couple of minutes at boil temperature? And if so....... can I sanitize it by a short soak in the Star San solution? Thank you
  4. StretchNM

    All-grain Brew Day

    Today's the day to brew my little all-grain kit. I got the Star San mixed up in an empty 1-gal water jug. I filled it 1/3 with water and shook to begin the stir-up, but while shaking there is so much suds and foam that I can't finish filling it up without having all the foam come out the top. It's resting now with hopes it'll settle some. I'm going to have a fermentation problem - my little jug will fit in my camping cooler with my LBK (brewing 1776 Ale), including with its blow-off tube and jar. BUT! now I realize it won't fit once I change over to the airlock! It'll be too tall. I don't know what I'm going to do because I don't think I'll be able to keep the temps down with this warm weather we're having. On The Lighter Side©, last week I went out and bought a 12 pack of Sam Adams winter mix. I am going to reuse the bottles for this all-grain batch. Just last night, by coincidence, my next bottle to open was their 1776 (Lager or Ale? Don't know). A very excellent beer, VERY good. Just a thought.....
  5. StretchNM

    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    My tube is ready as is the airlock after the initial ferment stage! Thanks Bonsai & Brew
  6. StretchNM

    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    OK. ONE MORE QUESTION (then that's all unless another one pops up). Since this is only a 1-gallon kit, should I not use the whole packet of yeast? It's US-04. The whole packet weighs 4 grams.
  7. StretchNM

    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    I measured my gallon jug and put markings at each quart line. The gallon measures out right at the top of the "One Gallon" embossed lettering. There is room for exactly 1-cup up to the very top of the mouth. Please look at the attached picture of the space left between the 1-gallon mark and the top of the jug. Is that enough room for fermentation gasses do you think? That's all the questions I have. Thanks for your time and patience. I promise not to bug you men anymore in this thread (unless...I have more questions).
  8. StretchNM

    Sacked Hops in Fermenter

    OK. I just cleaned all equipment with PBW (jug, cap, airlock, siphon tube, thermometer, racking cane and cap, etc.), so tomorrow I will sanitize and brew, and take everything out except the aroma hops. I'm thinking I will use sacks for the grains and bittering hops, and then just toss the aroma hops in naked and afraid at flameout. That way they'll just be in the wort when it goes into the jug. OK. Questions answered. Thank you both @Creeps McLane and @RickBeer.
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    Sacked Hops in Fermenter

    Yes Rick, I am going to use my muslin sacks, for both hops and grains. I'm glad I picked them up the other day at the brew store. I wasn't thinking about this all-grain Kit at the time, but rather "You know, I might have a need for these someday". I will certainly remove the grains and bittering hops, but what about the aroma hops? Don't those normally go into the fermenter? Or...no(?) They're only going to be in the wort for the amount of time it takes to cool down, so that's my confusion. ON EDIT: RickBeer I was composing at the same time as you and now I see your latest post. Still, though: have the aroma hops had enough time in the wort to do their job if I strain them out?
  10. StretchNM

    Sacked Hops in Fermenter

    Thanks Creeps Mclane. Yes, MRB does instruct you to add the hops sack to the fermenter, so I did it. But my mind is at ease now about infection simply because the sack is floating. This is my second brewing. When I brew the all-grain batch tomorrow or this weekend, it will be my 3rd brewing. RE: The all-grain batch - the main reason I'm asking about adding/not adding hops to the fermenter (gallon jug) is because the instructions don't say. But then, they also don't provide any sacks either and they say nothing about straining the wort (except the grains) before adding to the fermenter. Now, I have my own sacks and will use them, but I don't know why they wouldn't mention taking them out, especially the 60-minute boil portion. Plus, the aroma portion of the hops is added after the boil, and just before cooling down to add to fermenter. Since the aroma hops won't spend much time in the wort, shouldn't they go into the fermenter? I mean, if they're only in the wort for the time it takes to cool down, is that enough time for them to do their job? The instructions are very lacking with this Kit. There is another thread I started specifically about this Kit the other day in this very sub-forum. It's frustrating as a new brewer to not have complete instructions, so I'm glad you all are here.
  11. StretchNM

    Sacked Hops in Fermenter

    I have 2 hops questions: First, I'm fermenting MRB 1776 Ale, and you put the hops in at flameout then stir in your LME. Then, the hops sack goes into the LBK with the wort and stays for the duration of fermentation. Now, it's hard to tell looking through the LBK with flashlight, but definitely the hops are floating. And it looks like there's stuff all over it (which I hope is just krausen). I read in another thread about weighing down the hops sack in these cases, but I didn't know about that when I began fermentation. I'm starting to wonder if, because the hops sack is exposed to oxygen in the keg, maybe it's likely to cause an infection in the wort(?) Second, I'm going to start a small, all-grain batch tomorrow. It didn't come with any grain or hops sacks (I have some of my own) but of course it says you can use sacks if you want. 3/4 of the hops packet goes in for 60 minutes then the remainder goes in at flameout. The instructions say nothing about removing the hops after boiling or leaving them in for fermentation. The malt is 2-row Barley, the hops are Goldings 5, and the yeast is Safale US-04. What do you all think I should do with these hops? Thank you
  12. StretchNM

    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    I did see the hidden contents , otherwise I'd have never guessed. I was kidding with the WAG comment. But the way you narrowed it down makes sense, of course. Thank you for the write-up RE: multiple batches in same cooler. For whatever reason, I was wondering about maybe different yeasts somehow migrating to each other, like through the vent holes in the LBK, and causing infection or maybe affecting the taste of batches. Or maybe some wild yeast or other bacteria that got onto the outside of the LBK before putting it into the cooler, and then infecting one or more batches. But it seems many are fermenting several batches together at once, so apparently no worries like those I'm fretting over. Right now I am brewing MRB's 1776 Ale with US-05 yeast. I was considering putting this English Pale Ale using US-04 yeast (in a jug with blow-off tube and later an airlock) in the same cooler.
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    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    In a closed fermentation cooler, can you brew 2 different beers, using 2 different yeasts, started at 2 different times? I was thinking maybe I could put this all-grain jug in with my already fermenting MRB 1776 Ale since there's room in there.
  14. StretchNM

    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    You're keeping me in suspense, RickBeer. I'm just going to give a brand new brewers WAG at it. Don't laugh at me now: ....eh......some kind of English Pale Ale? Just a WAG....... Well, I boiled and cooled, and out of 2 gals lost almost exactly (but a tad over) .75 gallon, so I was left with 1.25 gallons after all was said and done. OK. I can see the sense in knowing that. Very good and thank you. 3 quarts out of 8 will be lost during the boil. Maybe I have to be prepared for a little more or less, since it is wort boiling and not just water, I'm thinking(?). So then my boil-off rate per gallon will be.......... .75 / 2 = .375 which translates to 1.5 quarts per gallon. It figures then that, in this recipe, I should steep grains with 1.0 gallon, as per instructions. Then sparge and combine with about .375 gallon, which after the boil will leave me with .86 of a gallon for fermentation. Then I can add water to the jug's 1 gallon mark to leave room for fermentation. Does that sound right? That's a lot of math for me, and I was never good to start with.
  15. StretchNM

    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    Thanks RickBeer. Now, 2 gallons of water boiled for 60 minutes is right now cooling down. I set the timer when the rolling boil started. I also measured the water temp (204-F) thinking maybe I should wait until it was closer to 212-F, but then I thought, since I'm at 4300' elevation maybe 204 is as high as it will get, so I set timer at boiling. It is interesting that the water level went down more than 3" (Correction 2-3/8") in my 3-gallon kettle. We'll see soon how much is lost. Thanks Nickfixit. There is no description of what kind of beer this is, nor any ABV or OG/FG expectations. All I know for sure (from individual package markings) is I'll be using 1.5lb of 2-Row Barley Malt, BSG Hops Goldings 5 1% AA, and S-04 Yeast. Both yeast and hops are dated 20190715, which I assume is "best by" or expiration date. Are there any guesses as to what type of beer I'll be making? Or even whether it's a pilsner, or a wheat, or ale, or whatever?
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