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Old 04-07-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Hi,
This is my second batch of larger and I think I have completely messed it up.
I added more sugar during primary fermentation, however i did not use boiling water to dissolve it. There was a big fizzle, its calmed down not but will my beer be undrinkable now or can i save it?

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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How much is more sugar exactly?

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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It'll be fine.

Was the extra sugar a part of the recipe? The only thing that will happen is you'll have a higher ABV beer in the end.

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I put in like quarter of a KG. The ABV was only like 3.27 so i wanted to make it stronger, I wasn't expecting that little mini explosion lol the room stinks like a brewery now lol
phew thought I would have to waste beer

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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LOL, kinda like pop rocks into a bottle of coke?
For next time, dried malt extract would be a better choice to add fermentables to a beer, but sugar works just fine.

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Old 04-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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Yeah I'll give that a go next time. Is it better to use that rather than brewing sugar from the start.?

IM thinking of moving on to ale next.

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Old 04-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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It depends...

DME won't ferment out fully like corn/cane sugar will, so the end result in the beer is a fuller mouthfeel due to more unfermentables compared to the other sugars mentioned. Let this beer finish up and give it a taste, if you love it, brew it again the same as before. If you feel like it's missing something, try using DME.

The main thing you should be focussed on (as a new brewer), is sanitation and trying to get the best fermentation possible out of your yeast. If you're using dried yeast, start by rehydrating. It makes a difference!

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Would have been a good idea to boil the sugar, but that's acceptable. As a personal preference, I'd rather make a great small beer style than add sugar.

Did you top off the fermenter with water? I did that once and didn't mix it well enough in the carboy with the higher density wort. The result was a hydrometer reading that was 1.030 and it should have been 1.055.

It'll be fine

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:16 PM   #9
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I didn't top up with water I did make a mess though lol. It's smelling good so think will be ok

Yeah I got some sanitizer solution cuz I heard that's one of the main pitfalls.

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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I think most on here would agree that there are no mistakes, there are learning experiences.

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