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Everything posted by oldbagobones

  1. I have remove the rings from the bottles after first use. They seem to inhibit a good seal. When I get new caps I will do that before capping. Thanks RickBeer that is good advice we should all heed. Those tamper rings are just annoying.
  2. I guess I should invest in some new caps. Ive used them about four times so your analogy seems to fit my situation. I like the PET bottles because their volume suits my liking. That being said I may move to the glass bottles and shy away from the PET in the future. I am considering going into kegging in the future and leaving all the bottles behind. Thanks for all the insights guys!
  3. The bottles were rock hard when put in the fridge. After a week in the fridge they did get softer but not like past brews where they stayed hard. There didn't seem to have much co2 at all, producing very little head.
  4. It was odd because I really had to struggle to get the caps off. They were as tight as you could get without busting the threads. It has baffled me. I may just stick to glass bottles. Not sure what to make of this.
  5. I wonder if any has ever had this happen. After conditioning a batch of ale, a couple of PET bottles that were already hard from carbonating were put in the fridge. After several days they got soft. When opened they had slight carbonation but not like the others. Bottles seemed tight. Any thoughts?
  6. I’ve brewed several batches in the lbk’s I have and one problem I’ve encountered with light beer and the Mexican beer is inconsistent carbonation. Would this be caused by the conditioning temperature being lower than it should be or not enough priming sugars? When I’ve brewed stouts the problem isn’t as bad. Thoughts?
  7. Good advice Rick Beer. Will do so in the future. Thanks
  8. Just finished brewing a batch of light beer and pitched the yeast. While I was cleaning up I noticed a leak on my lbk. I then remembered I had not tightened the spigot. Several cuss words later I poured the batch into a newly sanitized lbk. Hopefully that won’t hurt the yeast as it really stirred it up.
  9. I get that "don't look" thing. I have brewed several of the LBK's now and I don't as a rule poke it, look in it, or any of the other colloquialisms that we can come up with. I admit I am not a seasoned old brewer, but I have enough sense to listen to what the experienced people have to say. My only concern was, it did not look like my past brews did when I was ready to cold crash, and just needed to hear from others that may have experienced the same thing. Just being cautious, and didn't want to waste my time. Thanks for your replies.
  10. Rickbeer, I have seen that implied in the forums but was still concerned because other batches that I have brewed had not acted this way. Just wanted to be sure I'm not wasting my time with this batch.
  11. Rickbeer why are you yelling? Lol. I look because it is in a refrigerator that I use daily. No, I didn't take off the top. I am concerned due to the date on the can in my previous post. It was past the buy by date and I was worried that the yeast may be bad. Just looking for some knowledge about it. Thanks for the encouragement tho!
  12. Checked on the LBK this morning and it looks like no change in the floating stuff on the surface. I'm beginning to think maybe the yeast was no good or maybe I have an infection. I'll let this continue on it's cold crash for a couple more days and see if there is any change.
  13. Got it in the fridge now. Hoping for the best! Thanks!!
  14. I brewed at a temp fluctuating between 64 - 68 degrees for the third week. Tried to maintain a constant 68 but the temp cooled at night and I had to warm the room back up to 68 in the AM for about a week. Our temps got low and I had no back up heat for two days and put a heater in the room for the remaining days until the three week time.
  15. Been brewing an American Ale for the past three weeks. Got ready to cold crash it and noticed that there was a large amount of yeast still at the top of the keg. My previous brews the yeast had all dropped to the bottom. I tasted a small bit and it seemed cidery. One other thing, the expiration date was this past month and now I am wondering if the whole batch might be bad. Any thoughts?
  16. I do enjoy the smell of a cigar. Not so much in an enclosed area, like a house. We don't smoke in the house because it does linger and makes your house smell. We want to be able to breathe clean smelling air, not lingering cigar smoke. That lingering smell indoors grabs you by the nostrils and slams you into the walls. Outside is best for me. Gonna do that with a cold one now!
  17. I agree that smoking in the house make for nasty smells as well as making a film on everything. I don't want our living area to smell like an old flop house either! LOL!
  18. I enjoy cigars with a beer. Actually, I enjoy cigars. I agree with Shrike, in the summer a nice cocktail on ice with a cigar is great. When the weather cools its nice to have a porter or stout with a cigar. Of course I have to do this outdoors because my wife don't want a stinky cigar smell in the house! Lol!
  19. Nickfixit, thanks for making my head spin! That is a lot of info to digest. Seriously, that is a big help. I am not overly concerned about an exact measurement for ABV but getting a close idea is what I strive to get. As long as my beer has a good flavor and mouthfeel, I am happy. The alcohol amount is just an added bonus. Measuring the ABV is just out of curiosity more than of a critical observation. Thanks for the info!!
  20. Thanks RickBeer, I know the difference is small but having the correct equation makes the difference.
  21. Looking around some of the beer sites on the web I got a confusing issue. The equation that is used to determine th FG has different numbers and I wonder which one would be correct. One number I saw was (OG-FG)x131.25, and the other was (OG-FG)x132.715. Which one would be more accurate?
  22. The temp has been a fairly constant 72 degrees. The bottles have been conditioning for over 4 weeks. I just tried one bottle that was 3/4 full at the end of the last bit of wort. It may be that the bottle did not contain enough primer or simply not enough in the bottle. My concern is the cold crash affecting the outcome. Creeps you say no, so hopefully my other batches will be OK.
  23. Hi gang, I have recently cold crashed two LBK's with two different types of beer. My question is that previously I had not cold crashed an LBK and the end result was a good carbonated beer in the bottles. I recently tried one of the bottles that was cold crashed after five weeks conditioning and it seemed to lack the carbonation of the un-cold crashed one. Is the absence of the yeast in the cold crashed ones causing a lack of carbonation or did I need to compensate with an additional amount of priming sugar for the bottles? I may not have let the conditioning take as long as I should have but it seems there was a significantly less than the non cold crashed LBK. Thoughts?
  24. Thanks shrike, I know that there is a long conditioning time for this beer. I wish I knew about the flip top leaking possibility. Next time I may just go with the PET bottles for a long conditioning. If recarbing is required, that don’t seem like too bad of a problem. Live and learn!
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