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Old 01-04-2008, 06:23 PM   #1
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All right total n00b here, looking for help... I think I may have ruined my first batch from an error of omission; I think I may have left out a key ingredient when making my wort. Please tell me if everything below looks okay:

1) boiled my water (3 gallons) in a 5 gallon sanatized pot
2) added my malt extract (liguid Coopers Stout), which has the hops in it
3) boiled for 70F minutes
4) rehydrated/proofed the dry yeast - it seemed fine
5) cooled the wort to 85F degrees in 40 mins, aggresively mixed with the yeast in 5 gallon glass carboy
6) its been sitting for a week now, airlock bubbling has subsided, but at the most it only ever really bubbled a few bubbles per minute... pretty slow
7) constant carboy temp of ~70F
8) now playing the waiting game until bottled next week

So heres my question... back at the point when I was making the wort, was I supposed to add some sort of SUGAR to the wort at that time, or not? (I didnt) The instructions on the can of Coopers said to add sugar.. but after reading up on all of this I noticed that most powers that be said DO NOT FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ON THOSE CANS UNLESS YOU WANT TO BREW SLIGHTLY ALCOHOLIC POND WATER... John Palmers book said this. In the instructions he had, he did NOT include adding any sugar into the wort until priming. So, I didnt add any sugar.

So am I an idiot, or does anybody else have experience with a ton of confliction instructions on how to do what should otherwise be a pretty simple task...?

Did I screw up, and if I did is it salvagable? I want to know so if I did, I can dump the crap out and get a new batch rockin and rollin!

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Old 01-04-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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In place of sugar you could have added more malt extract. How much extract did the kit come with?

Either way, your beer will be fine. Welcome to the forum



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Old 01-04-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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It looks like your beer will be just fine. If it said to add sugar and you didn't, you'll just get a lower ABV beer (but it might just taste better). Welcome to the HBT!

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Old 01-04-2008, 06:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome guys... I appreciate the help.

The extract was in the kit (can) was 2.75 lbs. How much lower ABV are we talkin here? Oh and of course like any good n00b worth his weight in crap, I forgot to take an OG reading. Whoops.

(I think from now on I'm not going to use those "Beer in a Can" things and just use dry extracts, hops, and yeasts.)

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Well, if you did a 3 gallon batch the ABV won't be horribly low but without any gravity readings it's impossible to give an exact figure. Don't worry though, if it's too weak just knock back a shot of whiskey with the beer

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FWIW.. you dont need to sanitize the pot if you are going to be boiling in it.. I think the heat should take care of that for you...

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Did you add more water when you put it in the carboy or is it still just the three gallons?


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Did you add more water when you put it in the carboy or is it still just the three gallons?


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Yes, I topped it off at 5 gallons exactly, I used cool water to help cool the wort.

Thats a good point about not having to sanatize the pot... just a by-product of when I used it and my bottling fermentor to sanatize my other stuff.

BTW I'm using 1TBSPN of bleach per gallon of water to sanatize everything... do so for about 30 minutes. Is that enough to sanatize, and do I need to rinse after just that concentration of bleach? If so, can I rinse with hot tap water or does that rinsing water also have to be pre-boiled or bottled?
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yes I would always rinse after using bleach... thats a tough question about the water being preboiled already.. I would think you would be ok though.

Look into getting some iodophor or starsan, both are no rinse, and will last forever.

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Chalk it up to lessons learned. I'm not really sure what the outcome will be with only 2.75 # of LME in a 5 gallon batch but just treat it like a normal batch and see what happens.

If nothing else, you can call it a 'light' *gasp* beer and pass it off as an intentional decision. Trade people full bottles for empty six packs and build up your collection or something. Nobody will know but you.



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