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Old 06-26-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Default I know this is a common question, but is my beer actually ruined?

I did my first batch ever today and waited a long time for the water to start boiling. When it was boiling, I added my LME and waited for it to start the boiling again. It had small bubbles coming through, so I added my bittering hops and so on and so forth for the 60 min. I never noticed a "Hot break" but continued anyways. I cooled the Wort relatively quickly and took a small sample with a sanitized spoon. It tasted sweet, then faded to bitter. Then I poured it in with my Kolsch yeast. I am wondering since I saw no hot break or any real strong boiling if this would ruin the taste of the beer I am creating by leaving any off flavors or that it won't have any bitterness what-so-ever. Can anyone tell me if this is normal for anyone or if my beer will actually be ruined.

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Old 06-26-2009, 06:35 AM   #2
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The beer is gonna be fine. Kolsch yeast is a slow worker so give it plenty of time in the fermenter. I used a kolsh yeast (WLP029 i think it was) for a beer a while back. I fermented for 14 days in primary and another 14 in secondary and I'm thinking I might have given it another two weeks in the secondary. The beer (a Marzen) is delicious now though after it has been in the bottles for quite a while. I'm saving some for Oktoberfest

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Old 06-26-2009, 06:43 AM   #3
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I am only worried because I really didnt notice a Hotbreak period or any strong boiling with my Wort.

Also, will the beer I am brewing be fine in just a primary for 14 days, then 14 more days bottle aging? I do not have another fermentor. I have a bottling bucket, but it has no lid sadly (during bottling time, I have a brewpot cover that can do the job while i siphon) The beer is basically a Marzen without the cold aging.

One more question, how long can I expect for there to be anything happening using Kolsch?

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Old 06-26-2009, 06:52 AM   #4
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I would strongly suggest letting that beer stay in the primary for 30 days. You might want to do some research on Kolsch yeast and read up on what to expect from it. 14 days probably won't be enough time in the bottle either. What kind of beer are you brewing?

Your yeast can take up to 72 hours to show visible signs of fermentation...

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Old 06-26-2009, 07:00 AM   #5
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The beer I am trying to brew is an Ale version of Oktoberfest; one of my friends had a recipie from when her dad brewed. It was basically all the same, OG and FG should be the same, using kolsch should make it clean tasting.

So what I'm gathering is a month in primary and maybe 2-3 weeks in bottles?

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:16 AM   #6
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At least 3 weeks in the primary and 3-4 weeks in the bottle minimum. I would go with 4-4

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Old 06-26-2009, 12:31 PM   #7
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I doubt your beer will be ruined, but you might have a little bit of DMS. I recommend listening to the Brew Strong podcast episode on DMS from 3/9/09:
The Brewing Network.com - :

Your bitterness might also be a little less than the recipe stated, but I doubt that it will be noticeable.

Edit: Don't worry about the hot break. The extract process took care of that for you .

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I do full boils on an underpowered electric stove and have a very hard time to get a rolling boil. Even with just a slow simmering boil your still good and should not see any effects of DMS unless you boiled with the lid on.
DMS is only a concern to me when I am using a ton of pilsner.

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I do full boils on an underpowered electric stove and have a very hard time to get a rolling boil. Even with just a slow simmering boil your still good and should not see any effects of DMS unless you boiled with the lid on.
DMS is only a concern to me when I am using a ton of pilsner.
I have the same exact stove problem, except its a very small gas stove.

Nothing seems to be happening today, will be 24 hrs in 5hrs and 15 min. I assume this is normal for kolsch however. I just hope the yeast didnt die during a 4-5 day ship...
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Update: I smell something coming from the carboy, so something must be happening in there

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