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Old 06-22-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default My first brew day gone wrong. Help me figure out what happened and the outcome

Here's the recipe I used to a T
Malt:
6.6 lb Light LME
3 lb Golden DME
Grains:
1 lb Caramel 80L
8 oz Victory
4 oz Carapils
Hops:
2oz Chinook (11.2) 60 Min
2oz Centennial (10.0) 20 Min
3oz Columbus (14.4) 5 Min
Yeast:
WLP01- CA Ale

2.5 gallons of water heated to 155. Steeped grains for 20 minutes. Brought to a boil and added all extracts. Boiled 60 minutes. Did the above hop schedule. When I got the wort cooled to 70 I dumped it into the fermenter. Instead of the wort being liquid as in my past beers (this is my first bigger beer), the wort was a clumpy sludge. Disappointed, I topped the fermenter off to 5 gallons. I took an OG reading and instead of the 1.08 the recipe called for, it was 1.03. Even with the wort being sludge. So I turned the brewpot upside down and let some more of the sludge fall into the wort. Stirred it up and got the OG to 1.04. I pitched the yeast and put the fermenter away feeling defeated. To make matters worse, my when I poured my starter into the beer, alot of the slurry was stuck to the bottom of the flask. Now the second part of this is what should I expect of the outcome? 1.04 is way off the target, but can I at least expect a drinkable IPA instead of IIPA? What went wrong? I guess I should've taken gravity readings as I was adding water, but I figured with that thick sludge that there was no way that was going to even get to 1.08

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Was the wort sludge or was it the hops and break material you were seeing?

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Was the wort sludge or was it the hops and break material you were seeing?
The wort was sludge. It was barely liquid going into the fermenter
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Was your water volume for the 60 min. boil 2.5 gal?

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Sounds like it was too thick of a mixture to begin with. Boiling 2.5 gal for 60 mins. with what you added may make something...beer pudding comes to mind...but not beer.

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Was your water volume for the 60 min. boil 2.5 gal?
Yes it was. It was a Brewers Best kit. I added 4oz of hops because I got some feedback saying the beer wasn't going to be very hoppy. I'm thinking I should've used more water because of the additional hops.
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Was it liquid extract or dry?

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Here's the recipe I used to a T
Malt:
6.6 lb Light LME
3 lb Golden DME
More liquid than dry but I've not experience using liquid.
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did you use whole hops or pellet hops? whole hops absorb a lot more water. add that into the fact that you added extra, and there's sludge.

norsk "Was it liquid extract or dry?":
- 6.6 lb Light LME - liquid malt extract - comes in 1.1 or 3.3 lb cans
3 lb Golden DME - dry malt extract - comes in 1 or 3 lb bags

decent way to tell is the weight, if they don't specify dme or lme

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I don't see the word "stir" anywhere. Did you stir in the extract? If not, the dme possibly clumped and never dissolved and the lme possibly burned on the button of the pot.

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