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  1. EWildcat7

    Cooper's recipe searching

    what program is used to open this file?
  2. EWildcat7

    cold crash

    I have been cold crashing for about 15 hours. I have the inkbird set at 1.6 C (brew temp was 19 C). When I went to bed last night, the temperature was reading 10.6 C, so I assumed all was progressing nicely. When I got up this morning (about 5 hours ago), the temperature read 5.6. In the past 5 hours, it has gone as low at 4.9, but no lower than that. I have the fridge in the garage, so perhaps the heat around the fridge won't let it get colder. I know the brew is not getting as cold as would be ideal, but am I correct in assuming that it is better than not cold crashing at all?
  3. EWildcat7

    cold crash

    Thank you very much for the advice. I will take the probe off of the FV and set the inkbird to 1.5. Unfortunately, I can't let the brew ferment for a few more days because I have to bottle on Thursday (3 Jan). I am going out of town the following day for 2 weeks, so I have to get it done that day. The brew has been fermenting for 11 days, so hopefully it is "cleaned up" enough by now.....
  4. EWildcat7

    cold crash

    P.S. the heavy yeast smell that I wrote about a few days ago is significantly less now!
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    cold crash

    I have taken my second hydrometer reading almost 48 hours after the first and I am satisfied that fermentation is complete. I have never cold crashed before, but want to try it. I have been reading that the fridge should be at around 35 degrees fahrenheit. So: a) does 1.6 degrees sound right if I was using celcius with +/- 0.3? b) depending on the answer above, should I just set the inkbird to that temperature? or should I disconnect the inkbird and plug the fridge directly into the wall? thanks in advance!
  6. EWildcat7

    hydrometer reading

    I used the yeast that came with the Mexican Cerveza can (which is Coopers ale yeast + lager yeast). The other brews I have done included yeast packets that were only Coopers ale yeast. So, that could explain the difference. I was just so surprised by how strong the smell was.
  7. EWildcat7

    hydrometer reading

    I just took my first hydrometer reading for my Aztec Gold brew. When I drew the sample, it had a VERY potent yeast smell, much more so than any of the other batches I have made. It had a reading of 1.008, but then I remembered that we are supposed to discard the intial draw and take the actual reading with a second. So, I dumped it out and drew another one. This one also smelled like yeast, although not as strong. Again, I don't remember hydrometer samples with my other brews having any yeast smell. With the second draw, I got a reading of 1.006, which seems to be within the normal range for potentially being a FG. I will confirm in 2 days with a second reading. Is there any reason based on a) the strong yeast smell or b) the difference in the 2 readings to think that something could be wrong with the brew or that the hydrometer reading may not be accurate?
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    ingredient expiration and storage

    That is what the guy told me. he did say that the other types of extract cans (not the HME cans) will darken, but since my specific question was about the Dark Malt Extract, he said it wouldn't matter. Either way, I am hoping I am fine if I use it within a year as the HME cans have a 2-year shelf life.
  9. EWildcat7

    ingredient expiration and storage

    I just got a call from Coopers in response to my original questions. They provided some of the missing information: - The boxes of Light Dry Malt don't expire. They might get hard from moisture, but they are always usable. - As Otto said above, the code on the yeast packet is the packaged date and is likely going to be a different date than the packaged date for the can that it came with. The HME in the cans is designed to last for 2 years. The yeast, however, doesn't have a specific expiration date as long as it is stored properly. He told me that the yeast will last for years if I put it in the freezer. - The can of Dark Malt Extract will not expire. His other answers (hop storage, carb drop expiration, etc.) matched everything that was said above. So, now we know!
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    ingredient expiration and storage

    thanks, but these grains are not yet cracked - they are in small bags and not taking up too much space in the fridge, so I am inclined to leave them in there for now
  11. I decided to sort through all of the ingredients that I have randomly bought when I saw things on sale and came up with the following questions that I am hoping this forum can help me with: Expiration Light Dry Malt - I can't find an expiration date on the box, but I found the following codes printed on the top: 2751180116-4 and 2898180423-5. Can anybody decipher these to tell me if they might be expiration or packaged dates? If these codes don't mean anything, can anybody tell me where to find the packaged or expiration date on the box? Carbonation Drops - I have some that say they were packed in Aug 2017 and some that were packed in Jul 2018. Since these are packed dates and not expiration dates, how long do these last? yeast from Coopers extract cans - I see the following codes on the various yeast packets that I took out of the cans: 10117 S, 16618 and 10217 P. I am assuming these are packaged dates, but how do I turn these into expiration dates? Dark Malt Extract can - Code on the bottom of the can says: 046/18 07:14. same question as above malt grains - I have 2 bags that say they were packed on 28 Mar 2018 - how long will they last? Styrian Goldings hops - no writing on the package Storage yeast - I have taken the yeast out of all of the cans and put them in the refrigerator - is this the proper way to store yeast? I have one packet of Lallemand Nottingham Ale yeast that feels hard and compact, although the expiration is not until April 2019. Is this from refrigeration? Should I just let it return to room temperature when I am ready to use it? malt grains - storing in the refrigerator - is this correct? hops - storing in the freezer - is this correct? Thank you in advance to all and have a very Merry Christmas!
  12. EWildcat7

    fermenting temperature

    we have foam! It's not much (1 cm), but it is there
  13. EWildcat7

    fermenting temperature

    So, I got up this morning and went to take a look at my brew; it has been fermenting for about 22 hours. Based on my last batches, I expected to see some krausen on it as there was none when I went to sleep last night. There might be some evidence that it came and went and was about 3 cm high, but I wanted to get your opinions. Photo 1 is my overall setup with the inkbird settings and photo 2 is my attempt to capture what might be krausen residue.
  14. EWildcat7

    fermenting temperature

    I was out for a few hours and I am only seeing these recent posts now. Before I left, I took the FV out of the fridge and let it sit in the garage. When I got home just now, according to the inkbird, the temp was 22.2. So I just put it back in the fridge, closed the door and set the inkbird to 19 with a variance of 0.3. I chose 19 as a compromise between the 21 that the recipe calls for and the 18 that you all are suggesting. Was the time that it moved from 18 to 22 enough to cause damage? I finished making the brew about 6 hours ago. I have read that these first few hours are critical to getting the temperature right.
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    fermenting temperature

    I am making the Aztec Gold recipe - I don't know what kind of yeast came with the can https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/aztec-gold.html
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