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Old 10-04-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default Huge first time mistake (added hops to the grain when steeping)

I searched the FAQ, but I couldn't find anyone who made such a basic mistake. My kit called to steep the grains in water before pouring that water into the boil, while straining the grains out. The problem is I accidentally put my hops in there too. So now that I'm boiling, I don't have hops to add.

I know some folks say to never dump a batch, but this seems like a huge deal. If my beer is going to be ruined, I would rather start over than wait a month to find out that it tastes like King Cobra.

So, should I dump and start over?

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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Was it all your hops or just the bittering hops?

If it was just the bittering hops, what was your hop schedule? What do you have left?

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:57 PM   #3
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How long was the steep and boil? What AA% were the hops? I'm trying to figure out what kind of utilization you got out of the hops. It might be ok with some dry hopping, or it may come out very sweet.

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I have no hops left at all.

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The steep was 30 minutes. I'm too new to know what AA% is, but if you're talking about bittering units, they are 13.

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I wouldn't dump it. Keep going. If all else fails, pick up some hops tomorrow and boil them with a touch of DME and add that to the fermenter. Then dry hop with something. If you post the recipe, maybe someone can suggest some amounts.

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Also, are your grains in the trash now? If not, and you use leaf hops, you might be able to pick through and save SOME of them and toss them in the boil.

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I tried separating the hops from the grains, but they are too mixed in. They're not leaves. They are pellets. I'll post the recipe shortly. For now, I'll proceed with the instructions. Thanks for your help!

I'm sure you can imagine how horrified I was/am that I may have ruined what is supposed to by 5 gallons of joy.

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:25 PM   #9
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Pale Ale

Brew Stats:
Beg Grav: 1.043 - 1.045
Final Grav: 1.010 - 1.012
Hop Bittering Units: 13

Ingredients
3.3 lb Malt Extract
Dry Malt Extract
Crushed Grain
1oz Hop Pellets
Ale Yeast
5oz priming sugar

Everything is used except for the priming sugar. I don't have exact amounts on the grains or dry malt.

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:27 PM   #10
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The DME was actually 2 lbs of 'Golden Light'

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