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Old 12-20-2007, 03:15 AM   #1
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Default First brew in primary

I know that there are always a bunch of threads like this, but I just wanted to thank everyone for their help here. We tried our first brew tonight. I am the type to worry, so I imagine that we screwed a bunch of things up, but we wouldn't have made it this far without all of the help and info here. You all are great!

The beer is a Bell's Two Hearted clone from AHS. It took us 4.5 hours from start to finish. The kit's predicted OG was 1.062 and ours read at 1.056 (I think, since I don't have much experience reading a hydrometer). I don't know if that is really close enough or not. I guess we will find out...

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Congratulations! Enjoy!


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Isn't that an awesome feeling?? Congrats. Keep us posted.

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If you can leave the lid closed for 7 days. I know, a whole week - but if you can leave the lid closed for seven days you will, for the first time in your life proably, finally taste beer with no preservatives and no condioners in it, just beer.

It is going to be awesome, pretty soon.

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Old 12-20-2007, 04:13 AM   #5
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If you can leave the lid closed for 7 days. I know, a whole week - but if you can leave the lid closed for seven days you will, for the first time in your life proably, finally taste beer with no preservatives and no condioners in it, just beer.

It is going to be awesome, pretty soon.

We actually planned to do the brew today because on Friday we are leaving town for a trip to the in-laws. So, as long as fermentation starts up alright, we will be gone and won't be tempted to check on things.

Thanks for the good words, all!
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let it sit- I suggest working on others in the meantime.

You came close on the OG- next time have some DME or corn sugar ready to up it to your target.

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let it sit- I suggest working on others in the meantime.

You came close on the OG- next time have some DME or corn sugar ready to up it to your target.
Thanks. So, we can just add some corn sugar to the wort in the primary to up the OG? How much sugar are we talking about here?
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I dont know the formula- But in a 5 gallon batch 1lb is good for almost a full abv % point.

Look around theres a formula for how much to add- maybe someone will link it

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I dont know the formula- But in a 5 gallon batch 1lb is good for almost a full abv % point.

Look around theres a formula for how much to add- maybe someone will link it
Excellent. Thanks!
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Congratulations! I'm sure things went better than they seemed. It's natural to obsess and worry. Luckily, beer is difficult to screw up. It may not be exactly what you were shooting for, but odds are that it'll be pretty darn close.

As for your OG -- can we safely assume that this was an extract or extract+steeping grains batch? If so, you probably didn't stir enough. This is a common problem. A new brewer gets a low OG with an extract kit and doesn't realize that it is very nearly impossible not to hit their target OG. A specific amount of extract has a specific amount of fermentable sugar. As long as you put the extract in the right amount of water, you have the right amount of fermentable sugar. However, it does tend to settle out a bit, with the heavier portion sinking. If you check your hydrometer without really stirring the heck out of the wort you'll get a false reading.

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