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ar15junkie 12-06-2009 05:40 PM

First Brew, I think I failed. Pic of fermentation

Okay so Friday I attempted my first brew. I decided to jump right into all grain since I would end up there anyway. So I put together my brew system and away I went. BUT, I think I made too many mistakes this time to have a beer worth drinking.

First off, My Mash temp was 160 for the first 30 minutes. And of course I didn't take a reading until half way through. (duh) So I'm pretty sure the enzyme activity I was looking for was destroyed. I cooled the mash down to 150 and let it sit for another 45 minutes. I did notice quite a bit of bubbling at this point, not sure if that means anything.

Anyway, I decided to continue on, I figured even if everything fails due to this pretty major mistake, at least I get a little experience with the rest of the process.

Everything seemed to go well after this until after the boil. I put the chiller in there and it dropped the temp FAST, until about 80. It didn't seem to drop much further. I am figuring the water temp that was entering wasn't much cooler than 80 (Florida). Since I didn't have any ice on hand (for some reason) I went ahead and put it into the fermenter.

The next morning the fermentor was bubbling and gurgling like crazy! I thought perhaps there was hope yet. However I checked it a little bit ago, and it seems everything has stopped. The top doesn't even have bubbles anymore.

Here is a pic:

So here is what I think might be going on:
My extreme mash is the problem. Not enough fermentable sugars were produced.
The yeast did what it was supposed to do, but basically ran out of sugars, and stalled out.

So what I have is, a jug of sticky but nice smelly liquid.

My question is, should I dump it, and start the next batch. Or shoudl I leave it and see if anything else happens.

ar15junkie 12-06-2009 05:41 PM

Oh and please excuse the duct tape. The stopper was to large!

Rick500 12-06-2009 05:51 PM

What was your starting gravity?

What is it now?

There are recipes that call for mashing at 160, so at the very least, it'll still be beer.

Your cooling process was fine, and won't hurt anything. Next time, you could think about using a pre-chiller, but it's not completely necessary.

david_42 12-06-2009 05:55 PM

We really can't make useful recommendations without the gravities.

ar15junkie 12-06-2009 05:56 PM

If I read it correctly 1.045. My Hydrometer didnt come with a container to float it in like I've seen others doing. So I sanitized and floated in the cooled wort. Was difficult to read since the pot is so deep but I grabbed it with my thumb as a marker. Anyway that was the reading that I got.

As far as gravity now, I was nervous to check it so early in the game. But I'll go do that right now and post what I find.

ar15junkie 12-06-2009 06:05 PM

Looks like its 1.02

FxdGrMind 12-06-2009 06:09 PM

What was your OG? .045 might be mid ferment for a .075 OG Wort.

From the looks of the picture alone, it appears you had good fermentation, lots of yeasties in the bottom and a fair amount still susspended in your wort.

Looks like beer to me. Is it a Heff?... if not a cold crash after full fermentation (you reach the target gravity of the recipe) it could easily clear and be a nice beer!

So what did the wort OG sample taste like?

mb2696 12-06-2009 06:14 PM

It could still be going. Check again in 3 days to see if the grav has dropped. Krausen and bubbling is a sure sign of activity but lack of doesn't mean no activity.

bigjoe 12-06-2009 06:16 PM

My guess is that your beer is fine. Dry yeast will go crazy at times and then look like its doing nothing. I've had batches finish up pretty quick with dry yeast. I think the fastest was just under 2 days. I left in in the ferementer for a couple of weeks though.

It looks like you had fermentation by kraeusen ring ring on you carboy.

I mis-read your post the first time. I thought you were saying it was 1.045 currently, but that was your Starting gravity.

ar15junkie 12-06-2009 06:17 PM

I got the recipe here:

Okay so the wort tasted kinda like sweet cereal with some hop flavors.

I did taste the sample I just took and it tasted like beer. =0D

So I will let it sit for a few days and test it again to see if it still changing. The recipe said the final gravity should be 1.008.

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