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Joe G

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  1. @RickBeer I may not be describing it right, it is just a flavor i tasted once before when tasting my beer before crashing. I let it go a few more days and it was fine. But that was a more basic recipe, this is the Howling Red, so maybe I'm just tasting the different hops I've never used before? I don't know. Would rather play it safe. I did just get my hydrometer, I just need to learn how to use it first before trying, haven't had the time to read a bit more about it. Will likely use it for my next brew.
  2. Thanks @RickBeer ! Good to know the temp isn't as much of an issue as I thought. It definitely did not taste sweet, but kind of had an aftertaste of very slight vinegary-ness, which I have read elsewhere is a sign the fermenting has a few more days to go. So I will let it go to Thursday and look forward to bottling upon my return!
  3. Hi all - I was just about to cold crash my Howling Red Ale today, and had a taste before hand. It didn't taste completely done yet. I'm guessing because it has been a bit colder than normal this week, and the temp showing on my stick-on thermometer on the LBK is showing about 66 degrees, which I'm guessing is slowing the fermenting process a bit. Problem is, I'm going out of town until Thursday, about 5 days past bottling time. Is it OK to let it continue to ferment a bit longer like that? Sorry if this is a basic question, this is the 7th beer I've brewed (all with great results) and I've never encountered this issue before. Thanks for any advice!
  4. @RickBeer Yes I absolutely stirred it well, there was no burning whatsoever. Slightly darker brew doesn't bother me as long as the beer comes out fine. Thanks to you and @Shrike for the reassurance!
  5. OK so I finally made a newbie mistake after two great batches to start off my brewing hobby. When brewing my St Patrick's Irish Stout Deluxe edition, I misread the instructions that came with the LBK and assumed the LME pack and a booster were the same thing (never having used either before). So I put the LME in the pot while the water was still cool, then brought to a boil, removed from heat, and added the extract. Realized too late that the LME and extract were both supposed to go in after the water was removed from the heat. Will this screw up my beer or is there still hope this one will come out OK? After a day, the fermentation looks like it is doing its thing. Fingers crossed I didn't botch this from the start. Thanks Joe
  6. I just realized that, after all of your amazing help, I never posted my results! The Oktoberfest beer came out absolutely amazing! Way better than I was expecting for my first batch, and I owe much of it to all of your advice. I sanitized the spigot after testing, cold crashed, only chilled what I was going to drink, and each bottle was better than the next. Had a few friends try it and they loved it as well. Best compliment I got was from one friend, who said if he tried it in a restaurant he would order it again! Just bottled my Classic American Light (it came with the Oktoberfest in the kit), and the taste sample had more beer flavor than any typical light beer on the market. Looking forward to this one being ready, and trying to decide which one to do next. Yep - I'm hooked! Many thanks again to all of you.
  7. I'm on it!! QTip in hand down to the basement!
  8. @D Kristof Thanks for the advice. What is the best way to clean the spigot without disturbing the LBK contents?
  9. Thanks Shrike for the welcome! And thank you RickBeer for the additional tips! With the additional heat we've had recently as we get into july, my basement has been hovering around 70, especially toward the front wall of the house. It's a large basement with sections, so I can place the bottles appropriately given the weather when I do the bottling.
  10. Hi all! Just joined the community after starting my first brew process, and have been reading up on all of the very helpful guides and tips you are providing. Very happy to have found the forums! I kicked off my Oktoberfest brew two weeks ago. Followed all of the instructions, and have been storing the LBK in my cool, dark basement. Poured a small sample from the spigot yesterday and got what you see in the two pics. As you all suggested, it does taste like flat beer, I don't detect any vinegar-y hints in the flavor at all. There was a small bit of sediment, which I'm assuming is the trub. So here is my plan, and I want to make sure I'm on the right track. In a few days, I plan on cold crashing the brew in my fridge for three days, tilted upward at the spigot so everything settles toward the back of the LBK. This weekend, I will sanitize the bottles, put in the carbonation drops, and fill according to the instructions. Then back to the basement they go for three more weeks before chilling and drinking. Is there anything I am missing? Anything else I need to be aware of that I might not yet have seen in a previous post? Thank you! Joe G
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