Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Help with a few beginner questions
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-22-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
ClemsonBrew08
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Default Help with a few beginner questions

So I am about to brew my first batch tonight, a Brewer's Best kit for an Imperial Blonde Ale, and had a few questions I wanted to get cleared up before starting.

1) When adding the hops during the boil, do you just dump the hops straight into the pot? I have always seen hops added while in a muslin bag, but the instructions just say to add them and nothing about using a bag.

2) Is it necessary to boil the bottled water used in the process, or is that water already considered 'clean'?

3) We have 'crushed honey malt' in our package, and I hope my assumption is right in that those are the grains that need to be steeped at the beginning of the process?

Any other beginner comments/suggestions that would help with our first brew would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

__________________
ClemsonBrew08 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 01:27 AM   #2
kuphish
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kuphish's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Posts: 200
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

1. Yes, just toss the hops right in.

2. I'm not sure I understand the question. The water that you put into the pot will be boiled, which should sanitize it. Your top-off water (to be added after the wort has cooled, if you are doing a partial boil) should be boiled or bottled water, to make sure that it is sanitary.

3. Yes, you should steep those grains at the beginning (before the boil) at around 155-160F. Do not exceed 170F for the steeping of the grains. Steep for 30 minutes or so.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

__________________
kuphish is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 02:06 AM   #3
ClemsonBrew08
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Default

One more quick question, the recipe says to steep the grains in 2 gal of water. Will it matter if you use 2.5 gal instead, most other recipes I have seen said to use 2.5.

__________________
ClemsonBrew08 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 02:20 AM   #4
brian_g
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 358
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I never boil my top off water. I personally think that it's over kill. Now if your water's not safe to drink, then don't use it in your beer. Plus, if you boil your water, you have to a larger volume that must cool down to pitching temp. The longer your wort sits waiting for yeast, the more chance there is for something else to grow in it.

brian_g is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 02:35 AM   #5
Joos
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: taunton
Posts: 748
Liked 12 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ClemsonBrew08 View Post
One more quick question, the recipe says to steep the grains in 2 gal of water. Will it matter if you use 2.5 gal instead, most other recipes I have seen said to use 2.5.
Nope.steep in as much water as you want.It's like making watered down tea.
__________________
Joos is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 02:47 AM   #6
SumnerH
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA, USA
Posts: 2,058
Liked 26 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joos View Post
Nope.steep in as much water as you want.It's like making watered down tea.
+1 on this, just note that if you move to mashing (even partial) the concentration of the water becomes more important.
__________________

On deck: Little Bo Pils, Bretta Off Dead (Brett pale)
Secondary: Oude Bruin, Red Sky at Morning (Sour brown ale)
On tap: Saison Duphunk (sour), Amarillo Slim (IPA), Earl White (ginger/bergamot wit)
Bottled: Number 8 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Eternale (Barleywine), Ancho Villa (Ancho/pasilla/chocolate/cinnamon RIS), Oak smoked porter (1/2 maple bourbon oaked, 1/2 apple brandy oaked)

SumnerH is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 03:06 AM   #7
kuphish
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kuphish's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Posts: 200
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by brian_g View Post
I never boil my top off water. I personally think that it's over kill. Now if your water's not safe to drink, then don't use it in your beer. Plus, if you boil your water, you have to a larger volume that must cool down to pitching temp. The longer your wort sits waiting for yeast, the more chance there is for something else to grow in it.
Come to think of it, I never did either when I used tap water. Good call.
__________________
kuphish is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2009, 04:13 AM   #8
tigerdentist
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 37
Default

Nice to see someone else from the Clemson family here!

__________________
tigerdentist is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Some Beginner Questions scubadan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 12-04-2008 10:58 PM
Some Beginner Questions bigtau Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-31-2008 03:46 PM
More Beginner Questions jordanlee05 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-07-2008 08:03 PM
Beginner questions Adam's Apples Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 11-10-2006 11:23 PM
OK, I have a few beginner questions Neonsilver Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-09-2006 09:53 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS