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Old 08-12-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default Just finished a brew, is it supposed to look like this?

Its an IPA, i followed all directions and it turned out really really cloudy and foamy. the only thing i did differently was add some spring water to help cool it. any comments?

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Looks like a IPA to me, everything will drop out during fermentation, you will lose some beer. If that bothers you, use a hop bag/spider or pour the wort through a home depot/lowes paint strainer bag from the brew pot to the carboy.

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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My first batch looked pretty similar and it turned out fine, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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Its an IPA, i followed all directions and it turned out really really cloudy and foamy. the only thing i did differently was add some spring water to help cool it. any comments?
Congratulations! You've made beer! Now put it in a nice mid 60's location and leave it be for 2 weeks! Monitor the airlock for clogging and be prepared to hook up a blow off tube, or better yet, just hook one up now and rest easy for the next week of active fermentation
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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Now the spring water you added was boiled before you added it correct ?

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:20 PM   #6
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no, does spring water need to be?

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In the 14 batches I have done, 9 were topped off with spring water straight from the gallon jug, no infections. Don't worry about it.

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update. any comments now?

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Looks really good to me, 2-3 weeks and you are set. The hop/trub layer should decrease a bit, depending on your yeast, it will pack down pretty well (never had good luck with US-05, but Nottingham packs like concrete)

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:53 PM   #10
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You've got a ton of hop material down at the bottom. Looks like a well hopped ipa. Keep letting it sit and check your gravity to make sure it's stable before you rack to secondary or bottle. Just siphon off the top of all that tribute.

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