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Old 03-12-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Will this beer be OK without a starter?

I have racked to the secondary, but I was just browsing Northern Brewer for my next beer and noticed that under the description it says I should have made a starter.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...tract-kit.html

When I racked into the secondary, it tasted great.

I don't have OG or FG, I am just winging it as a noob at this point. It did take about 60 hours for the fermentation to commence.

I guess my question is, what will the outcome be like for this beer?

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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Based on my experiences back in the day with their extracts and doing the exact same thing (but taking readings), your FG will probably be way high and the beer will be quite sweet.

Why did you rack to the secondary without taking a gravity reading? You only rack to the secondary once fermentation is complete... and without a gravity reading, you have no idea.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I know...

So it will be a little sweet and lower alcohol...like too low worth drinking? Smelled like it had alcohol in it and tasted great, I guess that's good enough for now. We're learning here.

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Yeah, I know as a new person it is easy to say screw it with the readings, but you will never really know the answer to your question without some stats.

You did not ruin the beer, don't worry. worst case you just didnt get as many sugars fermented as you could have, so you will have a bit of a residual sweetness in the finished product. Also, as a noob why use a secondary? Did it call for a dry hop? Does it need significant aging?

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Yeah, I know as a new person it is easy to say screw it with the readings, but you will never really know the answer to your question without some stats.

You did not ruin the beer, don't worry. worst case you just didnt get as many sugars fermented as you could have, so you will have a bit of a residual sweetness in the finished product. Also, as a noob why use a secondary? Did it call for a dry hop? Does it need significant aging?
Thanks for going easy on me, I feel like I deserve at least a slap on the wrist.

It isn't for dry hopping, it just said to rack to secondary for a month. I guess it's aging? I am tempted to just go ahead and bottle.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/docume...onkinStout.pdf
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Starters are made so the yeast is at peak performance when pitched to give it a jump start.
The description says high gravity and starters are highly recommended for high gravity beers. It should give you an estimated OG and FG on the recipe.
A hydrometer is a must to monitor for proper fermentation and even more so with a high gravity beer.
If fermentation didn't complete you could end up with bottle bombs.
Bottle bombs are caps popping off due to excessive carbonation, which means there was still too much fermentable sugar left in the beer went bottled.
I would suggest you purchase a hydrometer and check the gravity every three days till it is stable.
Don't worry though, you didn't screw up your beer. You just need to be sure it's fermented properly.

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Yeah, we have a hydrometer, but the times we've tried to use it, it just sunk. I haven't been able to float it in anything. Thinking of picking up a refractometer.

I just went off of what I saw. Fermentation commenced and there was a lot of visible activity for about 6-7 days. I waited until the 9th day to rack just to be sure. Again, it tasted fine and is now resting in the secondary carboy.

Should I just go ahead and bottle this bad boy?

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here come another slap. brace for it. You need to check the FG before bottling? How long has it been aging again? 1 month? If so it is done fermenting for sure, just aging now.

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here come another slap. brace for it. You need to check the FG before bottling? How long has it been aging again? 1 month? If so it is done fermenting for sure, just aging now.
It's been racked off the yeast for about 5 days.
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I know...
So it will be a little sweet and lower alcohol...like too low worth drinking?

Totally up to you, friend!

Personally, I can't stand under-attenuated beers, but that's just personal preference... Some people can't stand sour beers and I love 'em!

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