My first time to have 5 full carboys at the same time :-)

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Well, after a three-batch partigyle a couple of days ago, I now have
five carboys full of beer.  I'll bottle two of the carboys this weekend
and perhaps brew again to refill them.

I still have a little over 3 cases of homebrew already bottled and
conditioned, but am having a big group tomorrow for turkey dinner, and I
think some of my beer drinking sons are coming tonight, too, so that
will make a big dent in it.  Anyway, it's a good feeling to be ahead a
little bit for a change.

"Happy Thanksgiving" to one and all.

Cheers.

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Yikes! Five carboys and you have to bottle it all?

Kegs, man. Kegs.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Five carboys?  That's a good start, I guess....

The last time I did my bi-weekly airlock top off, I thought I owned
fifteen carboys.  I ended up topping off twenty...and I still had two
or three empty ones.


Phil

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Well, I did break one a couple of weeks ago <nashing of teeth here>.
But "Holy Cow"!  20!  On the other hand, if you are 'topping off your
airlocks' every two weeks, you must not have the rapid turn around that
I have.  What is your turn-around time?  Mine averages two weeks, and
then it is bottled.

I don't do secondaries anymore; I suppose I will consider doing one for
a special beer that really requires it, but I haven't done one in a LONG
time and don't plan to do it any more for most of the beers I brew.  As
for primary, my beer typically sits in the carboy for about 2 weeks, but
sometimes 3 weeks if my schedule won't allow me to get to it earlier,
and sometimes just 10 days or so if I'm in a hurry (behind in my beer
inventory, etc.).  Rarely do I ever try to bottle in less than 10 days.
On the other hand, I usually only have 2 or 3 carboys full at any given
time, which makes having 5 filled a new record for me.

Cheers.

Bill Velek - PERSONAL sites = www.velek.com & www.2plus2is4.com
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I have yet to break a carboy and I really look forward to the day when
I have to explain it to my neighbor downstairs.

As I make beer, wine and mead, I have a lot of things sitting in
secondary for eight to twelve months.  One or two of my meads have
been sitting in glass for nearly two years.



Phil

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I have yet to break a carboy or a hydrometer (probably cause
I treat them as though they are glass) and I hav yet to have
a bottle bomb - I attribute this to how careful I am not to
upset the woman who lies naked next to me.

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The few beers I make never survive 3 months of age.  My meads
are usually subjected to statutory rape with two exceptions.
One aged for a year cause I was sending it to a competition
and the other, a 2-1/2 year old Braggot, may sit in the carboy
forever as I pray one day it will no longer suck.

I did make a 10 gallon IPA that lasted over a year. That was
because it was about 12% ABV and I was using one glass a night
every now and then instead of Ambien CR to put me to sleep.

Dick

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