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Old 01-04-2008, 07:50 PM   #11
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can I rinse with hot tap water or does that rinsing water also have to be pre-boiled or bottled?
Per John Palmer's book, you should boil it first:
Palmer on Bleach

I'd consider getting a sanitizer such as Star San (or other) to make that portion easier. This thread has some info on cleaners and sanitizers:

Sanitizers and Cleaners

With a five gallon batch and just (guessing) 3.3lbs of LME (edit: see it was 2.75 - same answer, but slightly more so), the beer may seem a bit watery, but it will still probably be better than had you added the sugar. The idea in not adding sugar is not so much to leave out those fermentables but to replace them with malt extract.

In any case, don't worry; you'll have drinkable beer and you'll make even better as you go along.

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:54 PM   #12
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With a five gallon batch and just (guessing) 3.3lbs of LME, the beer may seem a bit watery, but it will still probably be better than had you added the sugar. The idea in not adding sugar is not so much to leave out those fermentables but to replace them with malt extract.
It was only 2.75 lbs of LME for a 5 gallon batch, sans sugar. So I just made a "light" beer then? Next time I should add sugar?

Damn it I just need a FULL recipe with ingredients AND measurments for everything... I seem to have had a hard time finding something like that either was incomplete in some way or didnt contradict itself... anybody have any links to something like that?
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:59 PM   #13
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You could rack(siphon) off a gallon of the current 'light' brew, boil a gallon of water with another can of the extract(cool) and pour it into the fermenter.
It would add color, flavor and alcohol.
You could also get an ounce of "aroma" hops and add it to the boil in the last 5 minutes for even more flavor.

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:59 PM   #14
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There are tons of recipes for extract, extract with stepping, or partial mash. Find one you like the look of and brew from there. You would have wanted to add more extract not just sugar. Sugar would give it a very dry taste that if over done does not make very good brew.

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:01 PM   #15
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I would use one of the major online retailers that sell complete kits, it will take the guess work out of the recipes. www.austinhomebrew.com has excellent kits and I've made some good beers using them. They provide full detailed instructions and measurements with everything you'll need. I don't know have any personal experience with the other sites like NB or midwest but I'm sure they'll produce good results as well.

Check out the online stores and pick a beer you want to drink.

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:02 PM   #16
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The amount of bleach you used is fine as a no rinse sanitizer. Don't listen to he anti-bleach crowed.. it works fine.

It's also not to late to add more fermentables. Do a second can in a 1/2 gal of water.. 15 min boil should be fine and dump it in.

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You could rack(siphon) off a gallon of the current 'light' brew, boil a gallon of water with another can of the extract(cool) and pour it into the fermenter.
It would add color, flavor and alcohol.
You could also get an ounce of "aroma" hops and add it to the boil in the last 5 minutes for even more flavor.
I could do that? Even though its been fermenting for a week now?
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The amount of bleach you used is fine as a no rinse sanitizer. Don't listen to he anti-bleach crowed.. it works fine.

It's also not to late to add more fermentables. Do a second can in a 1/2 gal of water.. 15 min boil should be fine and dump it in.
Thats great news, thanks.

So in the future though... Im going to want to use sugar with one of those cans?
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chalk it up to experience. It'll be no different than drinking something like BMC.... 2.5-3% ABV and super light.

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There are reasons to avoid trying this (mainly contamination), but at this point, what have you to lose?

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