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  1. Jan 21, 2019 #1

    Chris_Coconut

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    Good evening all.

    My first post...

    On my third "kit" brew at the moment (about to barrel tonight). Been quite the adventure so far!

    First kit was Woodforde's Nog (I prefer the far ends of ale, dark porters and hoppy beers).
    I messed up and pitched the yeast at around 36C rather than around 26C because I stupidly put 6 litres of hot water in the bucket rather than 6 pints. Anyway, yeast took, and it produced a decent beer. Think I got lucky.

    Second kit was Cwtch. Bought a new barrel without a tap. Bought a tap. All going well until the tap started leaking during the second fermentation. Managed to siphon the leaking beer into some (un-sterilised but brand new) PET bottles. Lost about a 1/5th of the brew. As it wasn't in the barrel for much time, carbonation didn't really kick in that much. So, while the beer tastes really good, it is a bit flat.
    Worked out I bought a tap for a fermentation bucket rather that the new King Keg barrel.

    So, proper tap bought.
    Tonight's barrelling will be Young's American IPA. Fingers crossed the tap holds. Will be prepared this time and will probably but the barrel on it's side if it leaks again!

    Anyway...there you go. My first attempts. Many lessons learnt! I do have question however...
     
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    Hi!
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    Hi Bud, good to hear you have a few brews going already. welcome to the forum.
     
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    I advise you not to put your Youngs AIPA into a PB unless you reduce the priming sugar. PBs are usually limited to 15 psig and that is not compatible with the quantity of priming sugar supplied with this kit which aims for quite a high volume of CO2, and that means high pressure. So either put it into bottles and use all of the kit sugar, or put it into your PB but reduce the sugar to about 95g, which will just mean its a little less carbed up for the style but the PB works within its limits. And yes they are fitted with crude relief valves (mine has rubber bands)but I wouldn't trust them.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. Used about 80g which is what I've done with the other two.

    Having said that, the beer was atrocious. Very little sediment but plenty floating around the beer itself. Hope that settles, otherwise I'll be serving it through a tea strainer. I ended up leaving about a 1/10th of it.
     
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    It's not too late to chuck another 15g of sugar into your beer, if it's within the next few hours, and it will stand it. If its dextrose (brewing sugar) it dissolves easy enough. athumb..
     
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