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Old 01-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Here's my Milestone IPA:



It's not very bubbly (but you can see there is some). It was fermenting for four weeks, and in the barrel for three weeks. I added 80g of glucose when barreling the 20 litres.

When pouring this glass, there was pressure. But by the time I had poured this small glass, air bubbles were going back up the tap. You can see there's no head on it.

I do have small CO2 capsules (the compressed gas cylinders), although I haven't used any yet.

Did I make beer? I mean, it tastes quite malty as far as I can tell, so I hope it really did ferment.

Here's a pic of someone else's beer of the same type:
http://jimshomebrewforum.co.uk/viewt...96412c#p184341

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Did you take gravity readings? A drop in density is really the only way to tell.

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Yeah, you can brew without taking gravities but this is really why it isn't good to do so. If you have a hydro and use it you eliminate a lot of guessing when things don't go as planned.

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Did you hit the keg with gas to ensure a proper seal when you put the lid on? What may have happened is CO2 created by the yeast for carbonation escaped because there wasn't an airtight seal.

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If you didn't take an OG you can at least check now. If the OG is low, say around 1.015, you've most likely made beer. Another way to check is to have a few and see if you can feel the effects of the alcohol

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Did you take gravity readings? A drop in density is really the only way to tell.
Yes, but as a noob I didn't take the initial one when putting it in the fermenter.

Six days after starting to ferment, the gravity reading was 1.020.

Four weeks after starting to ferment, the gravity reading was 1.010, which is when I barreled it. The recipe says 1009 is the optimal. BTW, my readings were at 18 celcius.
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Did you hit the keg with gas to ensure a proper seal when you put the lid on? What may have happened is CO2 created by the yeast for carbonation escaped because there wasn't an airtight seal.
In retrospect, this would have been a good idea

Should I inject one or two of those 8g CO2 injection bulbs now?
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With a reading at 1.020 and then at 1.010 I would say yes, you have made beer. your OG was most likely higher than that. Did you use extract? if so how much?

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Did you use extract? if so how much?
Extract, hmm are you referring to the base ingredients from cans that I started the fermentation with? I used 3kg (two 1.5kg tins).
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Yeah, those cans would be the extract

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