Monday, November 13, 2006

Day 33 (11-13-06) (70F)

My beer has been bottled for a little over a week.
Of course I had to test it to make sure it wasn't spoiled. You know, since it smelled strongly of apples.

Well, it tasted pretty good. It still has a faint hint of a smell of apples but the overall taste and after-taste is similar to Newcastle.

I am going to let it sit for another week in the closet to condition then move it to the fridge to cold condition.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Day 22 (11-2-06) (68F)

In the past couple days, there have been, what looks like, sediment floating to the top. Some of it is stationary an inch under the surface and a lot is floating on the surface.At first I thought it might be mold, but it is not. It looks more like flakes.

It all looks pretty white/tannish color. It is spread out all over the surface. The sides, at water level have it as well. It looks kind of like spent Krausen. From behind it looks almost slimy. But probably that because it's in a liquid.

1. This is of the stuff floating on top.

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2. This one is of the gunk stuck to the sides at water level.

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(Sorry no close up. Jug kept messing up focus)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Day 15 (10-26-06) (70F)

If you read the previous post, I talked about there being floating particles consistantly spread about 1/2 inch beneath the surface.
Over the past week, they have steadily decended futher and further down.
It is very difficult to get a ood picture of them since they are so difficult to see... so I apologize for not having any picture to show as reference.
When I checked today, they are sitting about 2 inches from the bottom.

My theory about these particles is: They are heavier than the clearing wort at the top but lighter than the unclear wort further down in the container. So like oil and water, these particles are sitting on the mass that is more dense than itself. These particles are floating on this Heavy Wort.
I find this phenomenon helpful in that it shows that the crud is settling out and the wort is clearing. It shows me exactly where the progress is. I have watch it fall all week.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Day 9 (10-20-06)(73)

Well, it's been sitting n the secondary fermenter for nearly 2 days now. There is not much activity. I have noticed 2 things:

  1. The airlock is floating (probably from the released CO2 pushing out the O2 in the head space.)
  2. there are some floaters in carboy. By that I mean, it looks as if some of the sediment has floated to the top... well almost the top. It seems to be consistantly spread around about 1/2 in beneath the surface. There are just particle of what looks like, some of the sediment. They are to hidden to get a good picture though.
  3. There are a couple spots on the surface of bubbles forming. Very small spots all around the surface. Maybe 2-3mm in size.
    If you look in the picture above you will see the bubbles rising from under the spots.
    While this picture is a tad fuzzy, while I was taking it, I zoomed in really tight and saw the spot accumulating more bubbles. And once again I am assured that these are not mold spots.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Day 7 (10-18-06)(70F)

Unfortunately there is a large amount of headroom in the secondary. I'd say it is missing about 1 gallon in the secondary.

I figure this comes from two reasons.

  1. Not being able to siphon off the 1.5 inches (around 1/2 gallong)from the primary.
  2. And perhaps not having enough liquid initially in the original brew (mostly due to evaporation).

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Day 6 (10-17-06)(70F)

I am going to transfer to a secondary tomorrow (Wednesday). That will have given the primary nearly a full week.
I have cleaned and sanitized all of my necessary equipment.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Day 5 (10-16-06) (75F)

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