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Old 03-05-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Ok my wife and I are brewing together last night. We are brewing a Russian imperial stout. Supposed to finish at %9.5... This is our second batch. First mistake.... Somehow we didn't boil enough preboiled water so when we were done brewing there was only 1 gallon of preboiled top off water. Also there was only like one and a half gallons of wort! So both top off water and wort equaled 2.5 gallons! So I set the lid on the fermenter and boil another pot of water cool it in ice bath poor it on fermenter....still 1.25 gallons short! So I do it again. Only this time I'm out of ice and half to use cold water and stir with a sanitized spoon. Finally got to 5 gallons. I pitch my dry yeast right on top then got to worrying about better aeration since its such a heavy beer. So I got the sanitized spoon and stirred vigorously... Mistake? It's been maybe 15 hours now and my wife says it is bubbling a little but not near as well as our first batch... So how boned are we here?

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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Why are you boiling top off water?

All in all I'd say you're fine, just let it be. You probably won't hit 9.5% abv unless you made a yeast starter.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:49 PM   #3
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Ok correction...wife sees b bubbling

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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Probably not that bad. Worst case you make a beer that doesn't fully attenuate and has a pretty high ABV, but also a lot of malty sweetness at the end. There are worse things you could do. Out of curiosity, how much yeast did you pitch? Without seeing a recipe or an OG, I would guess you would need a decent starter for an RIS.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Next time, it wouldn't be a terrible idea to have an unopened bottle or three of water around just in case you end up running short on boiled top off again. Same thing happened to me last brew day; I grossly understimated the amount of tap/Brita water I was boiling for top off. As for why I boiled it... well, the Brita is not exactly sanitary nor sterile.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:11 PM   #6
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If I read it correctly OG is 1.062
I suck at reading it though... Safale bry-97 1 pack just sprinkled.... Should I pitch more???

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And did stirring them do damage?

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No damage, But different and more yeast for 9.5% beers. I don't think the Bry-97 is made for ABV beers that high. BUT, if that is an accurate reading, then you should be alright....

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as long as you sanitized the spoon you should be all good, just try not to open and close your fermenter too much, if after 24 hours you already have signs of fermentation it sounds like your doing alright, next time I would make a yeast starter they are very easy and will help you with those higher gravity beers (all beers), this is probably the easiest most important thing you can do to make your beer better. When I made extract beer in college we always used cold tap water and never had any contamination problems and we used c-brite as our sanitizer so there is definitly some lee way.

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Should o get more yeast make a starter and add?

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