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Priming with Gyle, whack gravity?


read 360 times • 3 replies • posted 3/4/2012 8:12:17 PM

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DA 1
Ok homebrew crew, question for you. Iíve been working on priming my bottles with save gyle. What Iíve been doing is putting aside the required amount into a sanitized growler and storing that in the freezer, then transferring that to the fridge the week before bottling, then quickly boiling before adding to the bottling bucket.

What Iíve found though is my gyle is dropping gravity somewhere in this period. When I pull the gyle from my kettle it will measure, say on one batch 1.055, then when I check the gravity before bottling the gyle is at 1.048. I canít imagine this is fermenting at all since most of the time it is frozen, and the week before bottling itís slowing warming from 32 to 40ish. Can it? Other ideas with freezing?

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NobleSquirrel 3437:209
My guess is that as it thaws, it may be stratifying and giving a perception of change in gravity? Are you making sure to stir prior to sampling?
3/5/2012 7:13:14 AM

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Yah, I did swirl the growler before testing. I was wondering if something was happening in the freezing/unfreezing process, maybe pulling vapor in and condensating? But Iíd be surprised if there was enough condensation to drop it 7 points.

This next round I just kept it in the fridge instead of freezing it, so Iíll see if that changes anything.
3/5/2012 8:39:35 AM

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Originally posted by DA
Yah, I did swirl the growler before testing. I was wondering if something was happening in the freezing/unfreezing process, maybe pulling vapor in and condensating? But Iíd be surprised if there was enough condensation to drop it 7 points.

This next round I just kept it in the fridge instead of freezing it, so Iíll see if that changes anything.


a buddy of mine actually cans his with ball jars. Uses that for starters and gyling.
3/5/2012 9:22:36 AM

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