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Old 05-01-2013, 09:25 PM   #11
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Just because the lid rockets off the top of your bucket (and it will without a blow off tube or air lock) it does not mean it is done.

There are several issues in how you got to this point but lets focus on trying to get some stomach-able beer from this concoction.

Go back to your 'beer making store' and buy an airlock and stopper like this (click here).

Now drill a hole in the top/lid of your bucket, allowing your recently purchased stopper and airlock to fit snuggly into. You'll need to put some sterile water into your airlock as well to keep anything from getting into your brew while it ferments (use a starsan mix w/ water if possible. you can get it at your beer makin store).

Once you have that done just let it sit for at least a couple weeks. I'd probably give it 3 or 4, allowing your yeast to perhaps clean up some of the mess you may have created with the process you used to get to this point.

Now that 3-4 weeks will give you plenty of time to get on this forum and research bottling methods and more importantly how to SAFELY brew beer for the next batch that you will hopefully brew.

BTW, be sure to keep your pets and small children away from your fermenting bucket until you have it properly vented with airlock or blowoff tube. Depending on the yeast you are using and the temps you are fermenting in, you could be looking at a very volatile fermentation which could result in a very violent expulsion of your bucket lid from the pressure that is building up since no air lock has been incorporated.

I'm fairly new to brewing too so I'm hoping someone else can chime in and maybe give some guidance in regards to the ingredient amounts you used and feasible solutions to making this drinkable

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:28 PM   #12
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definitely joking

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Did you use all 5 packets of yeast? You may have overpitched by a couple billion cells. It should be fine though.

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:54 AM   #14
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1) Beer is not just a random amount of grain, hops, and yeast. Follow a recipe.
2) Grain should not be boiled. It needs to mashed at proper temps, and then the liquid needs to be boiled separately.
3) You probably used WAY too much yeast.
4) I hope your bucket has an airlock to vent gas. A sealed fermentation container is going to get.... explosive.
5) It's vital that everything that touches the beer following the boil is SANITARY. That bit about the t-shirt makes me nervous...
6) I hope you chilled the beer to at least room temp before you pitched the yeast, otherwise you probably just killed all of it.
7) A *sanitized* siphon is the best way transfer beer to the bottles from a bucket, preferably with a bottling wand.
8) You need pry-off caps on non-twist-off bottles, and the caps need to be new.
9) I could keep going....

Seriously, it pays to do a bit of research before you dive right in. Your local homebrew shop is a great resource, as is this website, if you look in the stickies.
OK, I get it. I messed up. I've been scanning some basic How to Brew stuff and see that I did it all wrong.

1) Not be a jerk but I did use a recipe. 5 lbs of grain, 5 bags of hops, 5 packs of yeast, and 5 gallons of water. Yeah, I just made it up, but it is orderly not random.
2) I don't know what this means. Am I supposed to heat the grains up and mash the liquid out of them and then boil it?
3) Can't have too much of a good thing.
4) It's just a normal bucket. I have no idea if the lid has an airlock or not. But since this beer is gonna suck then maybe an explosion would be pretty cool.
5) Dude, I said my t-shirt was clean. You think I'm a dirty hippy or something.
6) Uhhhhh no. I just emptied all the little packs in there. But, if I killed them then maybe no explosion. So we're good again. Should I put some more yeast in there?
7) Since I apparently don't have the right bottles this doesn't really matter, but I do have siphon for gas that I've never used so it is *SANITIZED*.
8) I don't have the right bottles or caps and I apparently screwed this beer up, but I think I'm going to just leave it in the bucket. If it don't explode in the next couple weeks then I'm going to have some friends over, open the bucket, dip some pitchers in there, and drink whatever we find.

Next batch I'll do a little more research first.
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if you do decide to drink this disaster, you have to post notes/pics.

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Love your attitude, good luck brother! Lmao

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:22 AM   #17
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yeah I'm calling BS!

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Ok I looked up the airlock thing and understand what that is and why its needed. Ill pick one up tomorrow. I also probably killed the yeast, so Im gonna buy another pack and throw it in there. We'll see what I get.

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OK, I get it. I messed up. I've been scanning some basic How to Brew stuff and see that I did it all wrong.

1) Not be a jerk but I did use a recipe. 5 lbs of grain, 5 bags of hops, 5 packs of yeast, and 5 gallons of water. Yeah, I just made it up, but it is orderly not random.
2) I don't know what this means. Am I supposed to heat the grains up and mash the liquid out of them and then boil it?
3) Can't have too much of a good thing.
4) It's just a normal bucket. I have no idea if the lid has an airlock or not. But since this beer is gonna suck then maybe an explosion would be pretty cool.
5) Dude, I said my t-shirt was clean. You think I'm a dirty hippy or something.
6) Uhhhhh no. I just emptied all the little packs in there. But, if I killed them then maybe no explosion. So we're good again. Should I put some more yeast in there?
7) Since I apparently don't have the right bottles this doesn't really matter, but I do have siphon for gas that I've never used so it is *SANITIZED*.
8) I don't have the right bottles or caps and I apparently screwed this beer up, but I think I'm going to just leave it in the bucket. If it don't explode in the next couple weeks then I'm going to have some friends over, open the bucket, dip some pitchers in there, and drink whatever we find.

Next batch I'll do a little more research first.
1) man, can I get a recipe for cake from you? What you use, 5 cups of flour, 5 cartons of eggs, 5 barrels of sugar, and 5 gallons of milk? Something like that? Bet it's yummy.

2) "mashing" refers to the process of steeping the grains with a set amount of water at a set temperature - well below boiling, usually around 150 or so, depending on the recipe. The liquid is separated from the grain ( and additional heated water used to rinse the remaining sugars from the grain) which is then boiled. The grain should never be boiled.

3) yes, you absolutely can have too much yeast

4) you've already got this one figured out, it seems

5) "clean" is in no way synonymous with "sanitized"

6) I wouldn't waste any more yeast on this train wreck. Not trying to be mean, but you should cut your losses, learn proper procedure, use a proper recipe, and start over.

7) again, clean or unused is not the same as sanitized

8) good luck with that


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This is making my brain hurt.

Even if the yeast are still alive you won't get beer or an explosion. You boiled the grains meaning you got virtually no fermentable sugars from the "mash" at that high of a temperature, and that's assuming your grains were even crushed.

Not sure why I'm even asking but, when in this asinine process did you add the hops? Guess I'm just curious.

And finally OP, if this is for real...be sure to save this thread, maybe even print it off. Once you start making good beer down the line this will give you a good laugh.

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