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  1. I just did a gravity check on the beer which has been fermenting for 7 days. I was very surprised that it didn't smell like coconut at all. Has anybody else who has made this beer had the same experience? All reviews I have read is that this is a fantastic beer. So I am wondering if the non-coconut smell is normal at this stage.
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    is this mold?

    I did sanitize the muslin bag. I soaked it in stellarsan before putting the toasted coconut in it. I also talked to a few brewers over the weekend (Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival was in town) and they told me that the risk of infection from the muslin bag was slim anyway because the brew will have already formed some alcohol. So my real concern is that plastic ring that was there from the beginning....
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    is this mold?

    update: I got a closer look with a flashlight and I might have overreacted. It looks like it could just be bubbles. What are the tan spots on the surface? And the mystery of the circle is solved, although it could be a problem. I used a set of tongs that I sanitized 2 days ago to fish it out. it looks like it is a plastic ring that must have come off the water jug as I was pouring it in. obviously this would not have been sanitized, so should I be concerned that it was sitting in the beer for 5 days?
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    is this mold?

    I made this beer (Island Toasted Coconut Porter) 5 days ago and put in the bag with toasted coconut 2 days ago. Today, I wanted to get a look and I saw what you see in the photo. I know the photo is dark and may be hard to see, but it really looks like mold floating on the top. Anybody have experience with this? Is the beer ruined? Also, what is that circle in the beer in the upper right corner of the photo?
  5. I just finished making the Island Toasted Coconut Porter recipe. I made the wort on Thursday and put in the coconut today. I feel pretty good about it, other than I didn't give the brew a final stir after adding the water before pitching the yeast. But I am hoping that all of the water that I added did some of the mixing for me. As this was the first recipe that I have tried that was anything other than cans and boxes, I was nervous. This one involved cracking grains, 2 stages of hops, rehydrating yeast and adding in a fruit. So, I feel pretty proud of myself for stepping up to something so much more advanced from what I have done up until now! Now the hard part - waiting. I have read that porters can take up to 6 months to be ready to drink.....
  6. One of the first pieces of advice I was given when I started brewing was to follow the recipe, except that when it says the beer is ready to drink, wait 2 more weeks. So, I will try my first one after 6 weeks and take it from there....
  7. EWildcat7

    PET bottle lifespan

    so, if the bottles that Coopers sells will hold a beer for up to 18 months without letting oxygen in, why does Mr. Beer recommend the special "oxygen barrier" bottles for beers that will be stored longer than 4 months? Aren't the regular bottles the same from both companies? https://www.mrbeer.com/740-ml-oxygen-barrier-pet-bottling-system-qty-12 This message is at the top of some of the Mr. Beer recipes: "RECIPES WITH TOTAL BREWING TIMES OF OVER 4 MONTHS, LIKE THIS RECIPE, WILL ENABLE 50% SAVINGS ON AN OXYGEN BARRIER BOTTLING SYSTEM." Is this simply a way to sell additional types of bottles? There is a wide gap between 4 and 18 months! The reason I am asking is for two different types of porters that I want to make and I know they have to be in the bottles for a while. One recipe calls for only 4 weeks, but I will leave it in the bottles for much longer. The other calls for 3-4 months but clearly says that the beer will get much better with longer in the bottles.
  8. HOPPY81 and PADDYBREW2 - how long have you left the beer in the bottles? The recipe calls for 4 weeks, but I have read that you should always go longer than what the recipe calls for.
  9. EWildcat7

    PET bottle lifespan

    So, does that mean that the bottles themselves have a lifespan of longer than 18 months? Let's say that I never keep a single beer in the bottle for longer than 6 months - can I keep using those indefinitely?
  10. EWildcat7

    PET bottle lifespan

    The Coopers website says: Coopers PET bottles have a nylon barrier, reducing the rate of ingress of oxygen and the loss of CO2 for up to 18 months. Does this mean that the bottles will last for only 18 months regardless of how many times they are used? Or does it mean that they will hold a single beer for 18 months before letting oxygen in?
  11. what kind of bottles are you using? Is there a limit to the PET bottles in how long they can hold beer before oxygen starts leaking in?
  12. What temperature did you use for fermentation? The recipe calls for 18-20 - does that sound right? I will be using both the yeast that comes with the Devil's Half Ruby Porter and the Lallemand Nottingham yeast.
  13. EWildcat7

    sanitizing muslin bags?

    Shamus - completely off topic, but I thought I would make a comment on your photo. I saw Slash last night and they played tribute to Lemmy during one of the songs.
  14. EWildcat7

    sanitizing muslin bags?

    thank you - good advice yes, that is correct
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    sanitizing muslin bags?

    If I put the bag in Stellarsan for a few minutes, can I use my fingers to take it out, open it and put in the fruit? Or will that negate the sanitazation? If so, how to you recommend handling the bag?
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