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Post  Jon on Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:09 pm

I use a teaspoon of Know unflavored gelatin dissolved (not boiled) in a cup of water added to the secondary when fermentation is complete. Cheap, effective and reasonably fast (days).
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  r@fink on Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:41 pm

I agree. A couple weeks in secondary works for me.
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  randi philleo on Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:09 pm

You're not the first person I've heard talk about this, Ryan. In my experience, US-05 does take longer to drop out than your normal 1056. I always cold crash any Safale's and that seems to help greatly. There's a lot of folks that use gelatin to clear up US-05 too, but I've never tried it.

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Post  ryanjilek on Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:02 pm

Do either of you find the Safale slower than other to clear? I use it quite a bit in my brewing and the only issue I see is that it seems to take a long time (or longer than expected) to clear. I just thought i would get your opinions on this as well or if it is just me!
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  r@fink on Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:59 pm

I would reccomend the Safale 05 as well. I have used it in most of my brews where I need a clean American strain.
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  randi philleo on Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:11 am

Ahh yes, the sounds of a bubbling fermenter. It's good stuff.

Glad it took off for you. The Muntons should work just fine, though I have never really heard rave reviews on the Muntons strand. Let us know how it turns out!

Might I suggest if you try this recipe again, use the Safale US-05 if you want to stick with dry. It's just a personal preference. I've had really good results with the Saf series.

Happy brewing! :cheers:

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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  skboards on Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:41 pm

The yeast I used was from NB and was the Munton's Ale yeast. It is an English yeast so hopefully the finished beer doesn't taste too off from the American Pale ale recipe. I'm going to try to keep my assistant brew master around so I'll keep him out of the hops.

I started the batch on the 9th and it started bubbling within 8 hours. It subsided in 36 hours and now bubbles about every 20 seconds or so. I replaced the tiny blow off hose with an air lock yesterday. When I stuck the airlock on the fermenter sucked some vodka in. Opps!
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  ryanjilek on Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:14 pm

Welcome to ND and the ND brewers website! Also congrats on the brew. Is it fermenting nicely for you by now? Your setup looks VERY much like what I started with about 14 years ago. If the brewing bug hits hard it will not take long and you'll be upgrading, building, borrowing and swapping equipment to make things easier and better... it can get pretty bad if you let it! Evil or Very Mad

I brewed with the enamel pot for about 5 years though and made a lot of very good beer. So good luck and keep us posted on this brew and as Randi mentioned if you have questions, just yell. Someone here should be able to get you pointed in the right direction.

Cheers, Ryan
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  r@fink on Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:11 am

Greetings! Nice way to start up, having the keezer set up. If you can't find the cornies locally, you can find them at Northern Brewer with $7.99 shipping.
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Re: New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  randi philleo on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:06 am

Welcome! Feel free to post any and all questions you might have. There's a lot of well knowledged folks on here.

That's a good book you've got. So, this brew you did, was it tonight? What type of yeast was it?

Cute looking clean up crew you go there. Just make sure you keep the pup and the hops away from each other. Hops are toxic for dogs.

Happy brewing! :cheers:

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New to area and first time homebrewer

Post  skboards on Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:31 pm

Just wanted to drop by and say hello.
I'm making the recipe called the Cincinnati Pale Ale from the book "How to Brew"
3 lbs of amber dry malt extract, 3.15 lbs of gold liquid malt extract, 2 oz. of 4% AAU bittering hops and 1 oz of 6% AAU Cacasde finish hops

The supplies

Cooking by the book

Brew dog cleaning up some spilt cooled wort


My mistakes so far
Too much water (at like 5.5 gallons after I mixed the wort conc with the "clean" water)
Clean water tip over due to me overfilling the tub. Lid was on but some water got sucked into it
I think I might have stirred too violently the entire time. I might have introduced a fair about of oxygen into a hot wort.
I added the yeast to 110 °F instead of 100 °F
It took nearly 40 minutes for my wort to cool to 77 °F
NB forgot to ship my airlock so I rigged in a tiny blowout hose of 3/8 in OD.

Hopefully I'll still have a tasty beer. I'll be putting it into a corny keg and if any of you have an idea of where I could acquire one in the Williston area let me know!
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