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Old 03-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Just 10 bottles from a 2.5 gallon batch?

Hey everyone,

I just got done bottling a jalapeño pale ale that I was really excited about only to be able to fill 10 normal sized bottles. Disappointing and puzzling. I've brewed 2.5 gallon batches before that yielded many more bottles.

I first thought was that I forgot to top off before I pitched the yeast but I checked my ( very detailed ) notes and I see that I did.

So is this just something that naturally happens sometimes? Was it my ingredients? Is that about how many bottles I should expect?

Any and all hell appreciated.

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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*help appreciated

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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128 oz / gal X 2.5 gal = 320 oz / 12 oz per bottle = 26 bottles

If you only got 10, someone did something wrong...

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I suggest you get a calculator and mash the buttons to calculate how many bottles you should've got. Then you should realize that 10 is way off and revisit exactly what you did on your brewday. What were you OG and FG readings? Did it look like 2.5 gallons in the fermenter?

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Did you use a pound of leaf hops for dry hopping and have 6 inches of trub in your fermenter? There is something quite wrong here.

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I also check and look at what was left around the jalapenos? Jalapenos can absorb some, but absorbing 15 or 16 bottles is a lot. You are missing some somewhere.

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Post up your recipe & procedure

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Here are my notes reproduced from that day. Might matter that I started with two gallons and then topped off with a half gallon.

[quote]Brewed on 3/4/12

Time: ~ 5 hours start to cleanup

Brewing Steps and Notes:

1. Started with two gallons of cold tap water
2. Dissolved the DME in the water and stirred (Note: We added it a bit at a time and stirred kind of vigorously until everything was dissolved.)
3. Put the pot on the heat and let the temperature rise
4. We added the muslin bag of grains at around 85 or 90 degrees
5. Brought the temperature up to 155-160 degrees
6. Held there for 20 minutes
7. Removed bag of grains and adjusted the heat to achieve boil
8. Added bittering pellet hops roughly one or two minutes after the boil began
9. Added whirfloc tablet after 35 minutes of boiling
10. Boiled for 10 more minutes after the addition of the whirfloc tablet
11. Added one jalapeno and boiled for 5 minutes (Note: See attached photo for size comparison, but perhaps next time we should weigh the pepper for a better size estimate. It was was split length wise and then both of those halves were split again. We Left seeds and everything else in.)
12. Added aroma hops in muslin grain bag and boiled for 2 more minutes
13. After 2 minutes we took the pot off the heat but left hops and jalapenos in the wort
14. We moved the pot to an ice bath to cool and covered it with a vented lid
15. We waited for the wort to cool and let it get down to 78 degrees (Note: Took around an hour or so, not completely sure)

Yeast - Followed the Recommended Brewing Procedures

16.. Heated 3.5 ounces of water to about 100 degrees (Note: Forgot to use a sanitized glass)
17. Added one full packet of the ale yeast (Note: US-05)
18.Covered with sanitized tin foil and let sit for 5 minutes
19. After 5 minutes I stirred with a sanitized spoon until all clumps were gone (Note: This may have taken about five minutes, but next time I need to see how long this takes and determine if it means I need to let it proof for less time so I don't exceed 30 minutes.)
20. I covered with the tinfoil again and let it sit for 20 minutes

Carboy: The carboy had been holding the Iodophore and water solution. It was cleaned as well as the strainer and the funnel.

21. We cleaned everything out of it and then we put the funnel in the carboy top and then put the strainer in that.
22. We poured the cooled wort into the strainer and then topped off with a half gallon of cool/cold water.
23. We added water first to kettle to get as much wort as possible. Then added through the strainer.
24. We mixed and aerated the wort for a couple minutes using the stainless steel spoon. (Note: Again, I need to take into account how long these steps take because I did this while the yeast was still proofing. The timer for the 20 minutes for that went off and we were still working on the wort. Since we don't want the yeast to be sluggish, we need to keep the proofing time under 30 minutes. We need to do a better job determining when to start that process so I can pitch as soon as it's ready.)
25. Sanitized the airlock and filled it with sterilized water. Fixed the lid and then added the airlock.

Put the carboy in the closet downstairs in Alex's house.

Readings:

INITIAL GRAVITY READING ~ 1.100 (if I add two points because of temperature it would be 1.102 - Added 2 points for being at 78 degrees or so)
FINAL GRAVITY READING ~

Day 1: 1.017

Day 2: 1.017

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Would you mind posting up the recipe you used? This sounds delicious!!

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??? You started with 2 gallons, boiled for an hour - boil off of about 1 gallon per hour = 1 gallon topped up with .5 gallons = 1.5 gallons. Loss to trub = ~.25 gallons = 1.25. Unknown amount added to boil kettle and when? before boiling? = unknown # of gallons to bottle ??

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