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My personal (but public) notes about my homebrewing, knitting and other random stuff

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A barrel of laughs

I put my wheat beer into the pressure barrel last Thursday. At least, most of it went in there but I put about 3 pints into bottles.

Last time I used the barrel I discovered that it didn't keep its pressure so well, and eventually traced the problem to a perforation in the rubber over the inlet valve. I bought about 3 or 4 spare rubbers when I last had a chance to go into a homebrew shop (on the other side of the country, as our local one shut down last year). Unfortunately I can't find them now, so I had to improvise a seal using some insulating tape - fantastic stuff, but I don't know how well it will work here.

I have a beer float in my barrel, so I shouldn't need to wait quite so long for it to clear. I might give it the first taste this weekend.

I nearly forgot to mention it, but the final gravity of the beer was a round 1000. According to my calculation that should make it just over 6% abv, which seems to be pretty respectable. It's helped by the fact that I made a 5 gallon kit up to only 4 and a half gallons, due to my fermentation bin being a bit on the small side.
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