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Old 07-07-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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Picked up a kit at my local HBS Brewcat An "American Light" Boiled the Wort hopped it as instructed for about an hour or a little more then finish hopped it boiled an additional 10 minutes then cooled it with a wort chiller had a bit of trouble getting it down to 70 degrees made it to 85 but my water waiting in the primary was not much warmer so I pitched the yeast (activated and proofed) to the cool water in the primary then siphoned my wort to the primary and gave it a shake, and applied the airlock... I was unable to get an OG is it too late or should I have done this step? I did use vodka in the airlock, My bucket turns out to be a bottling bucket with a hole in it... so I used a brand new 6 gallon carboy for the primary so just dropping my hydrometer in there is not an option should I siphon off a bit of beer and measure it?

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Old 07-08-2005, 12:01 AM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it at this point. Just chaulk it up as experience and do it next time. Congrats by the way . Let us know how it turns out .

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Old 07-08-2005, 12:53 AM   #3
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Picked up a kit at my local HBS Brewcat An "American Light" Boiled the Wort hopped it as instructed for about an hour or a little more then finish hopped it boiled an additional 10 minutes then cooled it with a wort chiller had a bit of trouble getting it down to 70 degrees made it to 85 but my water waiting in the primary was not much warmer so I pitched the yeast (activated and proofed) to the cool water in the primary then siphoned my wort to the primary and gave it a shake, and applied the airlock... I was unable to get an OG is it too late or should I have done this step? I did use vodka in the airlock, My bucket turns out to be a bottling bucket with a hole in it... so I used a brand new 6 gallon carboy for the primary so just dropping my hydrometer in there is not an option should I siphon off a bit of beer and measure it?
Yea No worrys..Next time if your wort is that warm try to get the yeast the same temp before pitching this will help the buggers in more ways than one.Your lage time will be much better.
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Old 07-08-2005, 01:46 AM   #4
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Glad to hear it! I won't give it a second thought just waiting for the bubbles to start now...

Woo Hoo She's bubbling!

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Old 07-08-2005, 02:57 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome to the madness! Brewing is addictive. It's been 17 days since I last brewed and I'm getting antsy.

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Old 07-08-2005, 03:26 PM   #6
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17 days? That's utter madness. You better watch that you don't forget how to brew, Andre.

kkrog, I just got into this homebrew nonsense too, and I'm totally hooked. 1 month ago, I was worried about making undrinkable quantities of beer, and now I'm to the point of getting a bit nervous if I don't have at least 2 full secondary carboys...

My policy (which I sometimes forget) is to err on the side of leaving the beer alone. Any time you MIGHT contaminate it, and don't really really really need the info you are seeking... forget it. Beer seems happiest if left for week long naps. Sounds like your fermentation is going nicely.

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Old 07-08-2005, 04:28 PM   #7
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Take your samples using a "thief".

You can also get one of those plastic tubes on a stand to place your hydrometer and therm in to take your measurements. This also acts as a taste sample when measurements are completed.

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Old 07-08-2005, 07:07 PM   #8
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It's been 17 days since I last brewed and I'm getting antsy.
andre, from your list of what you have bottled, your set for a nuclear fall-out, and probably enough to last through reconstruction!

you'll want to take the SG reading after cooling the wort, but before you aerate and pitch your yeast. no biggies if you don't. i seldom do anymore. as long as it taste good, looks good, and gives me a buzz, i'm happy!
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Old 07-08-2005, 08:06 PM   #9
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HAHA! I just cracked the top on a root beer I made a week or so ago and OH Man what a gusher! I followed the recipe to the letter and out of a 16 ounce bottle I had about a half cup left! I am definitely going straight to keggin my home brew!

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Old 07-12-2005, 12:25 AM   #10
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OK started this brew on Thursday last, It agressively bubbled for the first couple days and now has subsided to no bubbling... the beer is golden in color and has a bit of stuff floating around in it, the Krausen has fallen to the bottom leaving a hoppy looking ring around the carboy... Should I rack to a secondary? or should I go ahead and Keg it and get it started on aging? Or should I just wait until Saturday or sunday to do anything?
Smells like Pilsner Urquell and shows no register on the hydrometer..

Advice?

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