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Old 02-25-2007, 08:20 PM   #1
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My first post to go with my first batch….I brewed my first batch last night, it was a Brewers Best Classic English Pale Ale kit…. I figured that should be simple enough.
I cleaned & sanitized everything, went over the instructions 3 times and made a quick reference check sheet to go over while I was in the middle of brewing.
Well when I finished cleaning up last night and started to put everything away, I noticed that I forgot to steep the grains……DOH!!!!
Earlier when I was making my check list I noticed the grains in the kit, but the package said Crushed Crystal 60L Malt (NOT GRAINS) so I didn’t write ‘em down and I forgot to investigate where they belonged in the brew stage (Dumb A**).

Well I am looking at the fermentation bucket full of beer minus the grains. What am I looking at here?? Is this batch salvageable? Will it still taste ok?


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Old 02-25-2007, 08:29 PM   #2
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Let me be the first to say: RDWHAHB.

I would guess that, assuming everything else went well, you'll still have a decent beer. What else was in the kit?



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Old 02-25-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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The Kit came with:

3.3 lbs Plain light malt extract
2 lbs Plain light dry malt extract
8 oz. Crushed crystal malt 60L (where I went wrong)
1 Steeping Bag
1 oz. Perle hops (bittering)
1 1/2 oz. Willamette hops (finishing)
5 oz. Priming sugar
1 Beer yeast

It just didn't click in my head that the grains are the malt (being a first timer and all. And being excited for my first batch).

Everything else went real SMOOTH !!! I had a small boil over when I looked away but I brewed outside, so that wasn't a problem. I will no better next time with the grains. And if the beer is still drinkable you can count on me to drink it. Hopefully that is the biggest mistake I'll ever make......HA!!

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Old 02-25-2007, 09:21 PM   #4
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Steep the grain in a 3 cups of 170F water for 20 minutes and add the resulting wort to the fermenter. What you have would be ok, but it will be better with the crystal.

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Old 02-25-2007, 09:24 PM   #5
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OK......I will try that! The water is heating up now.

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Old 02-26-2007, 02:16 AM   #6
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Ditto on what david said. However, you dont NEED to add the crystal 60L malt, it will just help you get a nicer beer. But no beer is ever BAD unless you forgot to add malt at all, or dont sanitize. You will find with homebrewing, its actually hard to produce a "BAD" brew. Some just dont taste fantastic, but are still drinkable.

Anyway, CONGRATS on the home brewing!

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Old 02-26-2007, 02:52 AM   #7
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my first beer...which I'm currently drinking...didn't have any steeping grains and its great!

Still I'd take David's advice

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ok, now Im worried.....

Well, I steeped the grains last night just like David 42 said to do. Before I did, I boiled the water first (just to be sure) and steeped the grains for 20 min at 170 degrees. I than let it cool to room temp and I opened up the fermentor and poured it in.
Before I went to bed last night the fermentor was bubbling like crazy.... I keep the house at 68 degrees and the temp on the fermentor was 72. Well when I got home today from work the fermentor is no longer bubbling and the temp is 68. I double checked the lid and it is closed tight.
I starred at the bubblier for over 3 minutes and I saw 0 (zero) bubbles

Should I be worried (is that normal)? Today it will be 48 hours into the primary fermentation stage.
If it is not normal is there anything I can do to correct this.

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Old 02-26-2007, 11:48 PM   #9
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kind of fast - but it is possible it is done. only sure way is to check the gravity with a hydrometer.
even if it is done - leave it for the balance of the 7 days in primary before you rack to secondary

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Old 02-27-2007, 12:29 AM   #10
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Yea, definitely fast. The instructions that came with the kit say "Bubbling will slow down significantly and then stop after 3 to 7 days."

Maybe I shouldn't of added the grains..... I guess time will tell.



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