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Old 04-18-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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I am in the process fermenting a Red ale out of a True Brew kit. It never said in the directions to crush the grains, though I wondered if I should, but then didn't. I did accidentaly steep them twice as long as they said to.So will the beer taste good any way or did I blow it by not crushing the grains? Also I had bought extra Hop pellets. Should I add them when I change to the secondary. Or just follow thr directions.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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I am in the process fermenting a Red ale out of a True Brew kit. It never said in the directions to crush the grains, though I wondered if I should, but then didn't. I did accidentaly steep them twice as long as they said to.So will the beer taste good any way or did I blow it by not crushing the grains? Also I had bought extra Hop pellets. Should I add them when I change to the secondary. Or just follow thr directions.
I guess I can't say with 100% certainly, because anything is possible, but I can't imagine that the grains in your True Brew kit were not already crushed.


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Old 04-18-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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I'm going to have to agree with you that the True Brew kit is probably already crushed.

And yes, that is MOST DEFINITELY a misquote. Ben never said that.

Darth Vader also never said, "Luke.... I am your father."

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More than likely with a kit the grains came crushed. Steeping too long will probably not make too much of a difference since most of the "recipe" is in the extract and hops for extra flavor.

You can dry hop with your extra hops. Add them to your primary after about 2 weeks and bottle about 7 days later. Or transfer to secondary after you have measured final gravity over three days, add the hops and bottle after about 7 days.

You can use a gallon paint strainer bag to lessen the volume loss to hop residue in the fermenter.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:59 PM   #5
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Simple really. If it is a kit, do exactly what the instructions say. It does not work to mix documented instructions with what other knowledge you have accumulated on this forum.

Patience, enough time on this site and the basics will soon be clear(er)

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:59 PM   #6
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Pretty amazing a brew kit that didn't precrush the grain. But if this is the kit MSamu bought it doesn't appear as though the grains are crushed. Crazy

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Sean Connery is right. That looks deceptive!!

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I'm going to have to agree with you that the True Brew kit is probably already crushed.

And yes, that is MOST DEFINITELY a misquote. Ben never said that.

Darth Vader also never said, "Luke.... I am your father."
Next your gonna say that Rick never said "Play it again, Sam". Bah. I'm no good a being noble, but this thread will never amount to a hill of beans in this crazy forum.
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It's most likely crushed and if it's not all-grain crushing won't be the end of the world. Just keep them at 150 for 30-45 min instead.

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Next your gonna say that Rick never said "Play it again, Sam"
HA! Yeah, I was going to throw that one in, too... but I feel as though I made my point
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