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Old 12-09-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Ok, I did screw up, I'm an idiot! Can I be saved?

It turns out I did indeed screw up my first brew. I brewed it on Saturday. It turns out I did not put enough malt extract in the boil. I was supposed to put dry extract and liquid extract in but I only put in the liquid (in Napoleon Dynamite voice: "Idiot!"). It was bubbling in the fermentor since Saturday. I called the homebrew shop and the guy said to come in and buy another can on liquid extract and stir it into my fermenting batch. Do you guys think this will work or should I punt and start over?

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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do you not have the dry extract? I wouldn't stir it up, but if you still have the missing dry extract, you could boil it in a little water and gently add it.

What was the recipe?

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:12 PM   #3
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It depends how low your OG was, but this could work. It might be worth boiling the LME in with a bit of water to:

1. remove oxygen
2. Sanitize the new wort.

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I asked the brew shop guy if I could boil the dry but he said if I already have 5 gallons it would water it down? or soemthign like that.

The recipe called for the can of liquid extract (3 lbs maybe?) and 2 lbs of dry I think?

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If you still have the dry extract I'd say just boil it in a few cups of water (enough to make it liquid) for a few minutes to sanitize then add that to the fermenter.


Edit: slow...

You won't water it down by adding a couple cups of water to the final volume

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I still have the dry

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If you still have the dry extract I'd say just boil it in a few cups of water (enough to make it liquid) for a few minutes to sanitize then add that to the fermenter.


Edit: slow...

You won't water it down by adding a couple cups of water to the final volume
Yes, use a little water (as little as possible to dissolve the DME) and boil it up. Cool it, and add it to the fermenter.

Did you take an OG reading? That would have been an instant alert that there wasn't enough extract in the brew.
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