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Old 08-04-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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Not very happy. My first Brew day went very well until....

I am making a Fat Tire Clone. The brew went perfectly. I just bought a wort chiller yesterday. I leak tested it (cold) and no leaks. I put it in the brew 20 mins left to boil. After flameout, I hooked it up and started. No problem. I went inside to write down my times. I look out the window and my wort is filling with water. It was leaking at the tubing connection. It added about 1.5 gal of unsanitized water.

I plan to go ahead and pitch the yeast and see what I get. Any advice or opinions or sympathy on this? Thanks

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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If its still in the kettle and your worried about infection just fire it back up. You Gravity is going to be off. Personally I would just go with it. Sorry your brew day didn't go we'll.

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If its still in the kettle and your worried about infection just fire it back up. You Gravity is going to be off. Personally I would just go with it. Sorry your brew day didn't go we'll.
Thanks, ffd. I am not as worried about the infection as the temp was still over 150 when this was discovered. I am more concerned about the beer. It will be diluted so the malt and hops will be low. I suspect it will make weak beer.
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Followup question. On the wort chiller, does all of the rubber tubing need to be out of the boil? My brewpot is tall and thin. The end of the inlet tubing was barely under the boil. It is now discolored and mis-shaped. Should I keep it out of the heat next time? I have a false bottom I could put in the pot.

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Followup question. On the wort chiller, does all of the rubber tubing need to be out of the boil? My brewpot is tall and thin. The end of the inlet tubing was barely under the boil. It is now discolored and mis-shaped. Should I keep it out of the heat next time? I have a false bottom I could put in the pot.
My 50 ft IC ends are bent over the edge of the pot to hopefully avoid such a situation
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I have been considering building an immersion chiller. All the fittings would be outside the boil pot. The manufactured ring to fit around the copper tubing and create a seal for the lid has me stymied for a bit. I normally work in wood, but I need something that is easy to shape and easier to sanitize.

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You could pull your IC up (accordian-style) so it's out of the wort. I push mine closed to store it, then pull it back up (so the copper is separated more) to use it. The other option is to get some high heat rated tubing (I think I got some at northernbrewer.com); some of the high heat rated is clear and some is an opaque tan color. Either works but I think the tan colored stuff will go to a higher temp.

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You could pull your IC up (accordian-style) so it's out of the wort. I push mine closed to store it, then pull it back up (so the copper is separated more) to use it. The other option is to get some high heat rated tubing (I think I got some at northernbrewer.com); some of the high heat rated is clear and some is an opaque tan color. Either works but I think the tan colored stuff will go to a higher temp.
I will cut the bad piece off and make that adjustment next time. Thanks for the advice.
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Update: My LHBS recommended adding a pound of DME. Sounds like a good idea since I diluted the batch. I did that last night. Just before adding, the air lock was rockin'. Bubble every second or 2. This morning still very active. By this afternoon, the activity has slowed a lot. I have not taken a SG as I don't want to fiddle with it too much. I did open the lid and peak in. The krausen has definitely fallen. There is still some bubbling, but, much less.

Logically , I would think the high activity would continue since I just added a pound of food. Am I wrong here? Do you think it is OK or could I have killed my yeast? I did cool the added malt to about 70.

I am practicing the RDWHAHB. Just bothering me that the activity has slowed so soon after adding more food. I will watch a few days and take a SG. Unfortunately I did not take one after adding the additional malt.

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It will be fine.

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