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Old 17-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Started this kit 6th April using tap water with half a campden tablet, 500g enhancer and 900g brewer's sugar, rehydrated yeast and short brewed to 21litres.
Corrected SG of 1044, started fementing quickly at a constant 20-21degC, bubbling through the airlock slowed after 2 days.
By 14th April SG had dropped to 1005 but plenty of bubbles in the sample tube, by 16th SG down to 1004 and fewer bubbles.
17/4/13 SG 1004 and virtually no bubbles in the sample tube - tasted a little yeasty & obviously flat but not far off drinkable even at this stage. Also surpringly clear so will see how much the finings and standing in the cold improve things over the next few days before bottling.

Bottled 20/4 via 2ndry FV to batch prime, tasted pretty good. By 23/4 it seems to have carbonated well, very thin layer of sediment and pretty clear.

Still impressed & will update on first tasting in around 3 weeks.

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Old 22-04-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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I made this on the 14/3/2013
I've just cracked a few open tonight 22/4 and for a kit it's not bad at all.
I brewed it full length with 500g of spray malt and 1KG of brewing sugar.
It seems to be going down rather well in fact too well for a Monday night.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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Put one of these on last week, I added a brew enchancer pack as per the instructions and a little extra brewing sugar. The thing was off like a train, bubbling within 4 hours of adding the yeast. I remembered to take a reading off the hydrometer. 8 days on the fermentation appears to all but have stopped, will take another reading tonight and see where we are, 1 question - What should I be aiming for as a end point?

Now I have another question, I plan to bottle in 1ltr PET and intend on batch priming in a 2nd FV. I have some finings that I was considering adding. The plan was to transfer to a 2nd FV, batch prime and then add the finings, leave it to clear for a couple of days then bottle. Is this okay, or am I better to transfer to 2nd FV, add the finings, leave to settle for a couple of days transfer back to another FV then batch prime before bottling.

Does the addition of finigns affect the way in which the 2nd fermentation takes place in the bottle, will there be enough yeast left in the liquid to carbonate fully?

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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Rich,

My understanding was you put the finings in the FV when the OG is static, leave a few days then syphone to a 2nd FV and batch prime/bottle from there.
I had one PET bottle in my batch to test carbonation and it went hard in 2 days of being in the warm.

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Old 01-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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When I get a second FV spare I'm going to set off one of these and a youngs pilsener.
Going to replace the kit yeast with lager yeast and brew each kit with 500g of extra light DME and 500g of Dextrose.
Also got some sachets of pilsener enzyme so I'll chuck that in too.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:30 AM   #6
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Seem to have disposed of the instructions, anyone suggest how much sugar to use for priming before bottling. Planning on batch priming in 2nd FV.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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The instructions supplied say 0.5 teaspoon per pint or 85g for batch priming.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:08 AM   #8
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The instructions supplied say 0.5 teaspoon per pint or 85g for batch priming.
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Thanks Stuart, going to bottle it this evening, it's had 3 days to clear since I added the finings.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #9
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The instructions supplied say 0.5 teaspoon per pint or 85g for batch priming.
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Thanks Stuart, going to bottle it this evening, it's had 3 days to clear since I added the finings.
So I didn't get round to bottling it.

The finings went in on Saturday, it is now Thursday, will this mean that everything including the yeast will have dropped out, or will there be sufficient yeasties left to start carbonate the product while it conditions? Should I add a little of the sludge from the bottom of the FV into the clean vessel when I batch prime?

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Old 09-05-2013, 02:33 PM   #10
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Do a quick search on finings - plenty of guidance including this which suggests bottling after 5 days so you should be fine.

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