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Old 06-11-2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default Everything going alright? (pics)

Anxious/nervous first time brewer. I used the brewer's best ipa kit:

Malts Used:
Light Liquid Malt Extract
60ºL Crystal Malt
Victory Malt

Hops Used:
Cascade

Yeast:
Nottingham Dry Yeast


Here's what it looked like at 0 hours:


First mistake was we added too much water, it was a 5 gallon recipe but that's a 6.5 gallon carboy .

Here's what it looked like at 8 hours:


I woke up this morning and switched out to a drain tube because it was fermenting quite violently. The entire day it has been blowing bubbles and all kinds of nasty into the waste pail.

Here's what it looked like at 24 hours:


Does that look normal? There is lots of movement inside, but nothing more coming out of the top.

I've been reading through the FAQs and stickied threads, lots of great information here!

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Well you are getting excess blow-off because you filled the carboy rather than just to the gallon mark. Next time, you may want to add a gallon of water at a time and mark off the gallon increments with a sharpie.

That fact that it was blowing out that much after only 8 hours is somewhat surprising, what temp were you fermenting at? Is it in the proper temp range for the yeast? I'm sure again the overfill is part of the reason What does surprise me is that it seems like it's not yeast, but all the hops that are blowing out.

Maybe someone with more experience then me can answer about the hop loss. Obviously the beer will most likely be weaker than the recipe states due to the extra 1.5 gallons of water you added. Did you take a gravity reading after adding the water? If so, how did it compare to what the recipe listed?

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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What I don't get is how there are no visible hops in the initial pic but the subsequent pics show tons of hops near the top of the neck. Did you dry-hop in the fermenter or something? Typically that wouldn't be done until near the end of fermentation, if you did.

Otherwise I wonder if you just poured the wort from the kettle into the carboy, gunk and all? That's fine, but it could help explain all the hop matter we're seeing.

All in all, it looks fine. Just maintain that blowoff tube for a few more days until it slows down. After a week, take a gravity reading (chilled to 60*) each day for 3 days. If it doesn't change, let it rest another few days at least, then prepare to bottle it.

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Looks fine. Nottingham seems to grab everything from the bottom of the fermenter (hops and all) and give it a ride for a few days. Keep the blow off in place for a few more days then switch to an airlock.

By day 5 the krausen should start to head south.. You will see a lot of chunks floating up and down for a week or two, but the surface should remain pretty calm.

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Yes lots of gunk got from the wort to the carboy. I did not dry hop anything, I hope that is just leftovers from the wort and not hops.. It's fermenting in my basement, right around 70 degrees.

We accidentally added too much water because we thought we were using a 5 gallon carboy.

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No problem, you'll be fine. Those hops could have stayed in the kettle anyways, so them getting out is no big deal.

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Looks like happily fermenting beer to me. Not even an ugly one.

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Thanks for the re-assurance guys! I'll let you know how it turns out

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Yup, completely normal. Absolutely nothing to worry about, especially the hops sticking to the top. Everything is completely standard.

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I've had Nottingham do that to some of my beers also. It'll be fine.

If it's causing stress, get buckets to ferment in.... so you can't see what's going on.

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