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Old 02-07-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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I started my first brew exactly a week ago, and I took the lid off the bucket to dry-hop it like my recipe says. There is a layer of sediment around the top of the beer but I was told this is normal, what I am concerned about is the little amount of foam on the top and the beer itself appears sort of watery. The recipe is for five gallons, and I added a gallon and a half of wort to two gallons water, and poured in water until I reached the five-gallon mark. Is the watery appearance and lack of foam normal after a week? By the way I am making an American pale ale which is supposed to be 7.2 ABV with an amber color.

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Old 02-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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A bucket can be very deceiving. Don't judge too much of the flavor, body, or color right out of primary fermentation. The foam is fine, just left over krausen.

It is hard to have patience with your first batch, but waiting it out will help.

Explain your process a little bit. I am a little confused by your addition of wort to water, then more top up water.

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #3
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A bucket can be very deceiving. Don't judge too much of the flavor, body, or color right out of primary fermentation. The foam is fine, just left over krausen.

It is hard to have patience with your first batch, but waiting it out will help.

Explain your process a little bit. I am a little confused by your addition of wort to water, then more top up water.

So when after sanitizing my equipment I filled my fermentation bucket with 2 gallons cold water. The wort started with a gallon and after it was all done it was more like a gallon and a half with all the malt. So I added the cooled malt to the bucket and the total was only about 4 gallons, and the instructions said to fill with water until it reached 5, I'm just worried that I added too much.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:38 PM   #4
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Did you by chance check your gravity with a hydrometer?

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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I have not brewed with extract for years, but 3.5 gallons of water to 1.5 gallons of wort seems a bit off to me. You should still end up with beer, but it may just be a little lighter than you were going for. As asked above? What was the OG?

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I would say you are right on track. After a week fermentation has usually stopped, beer yeast is quite aggressive and your krausen or layer of foam will be pretty well gone by day 5. I'd say go ahead and add your dry hops for 7 more days and rack if that is your intention, or just wait it out in primary for a couple more weeks. Lots of people don't secondary, I however like to as I'm always bulk aging. It may look watery, but I will bet you got some beer there that will be pretty good. If in doubt drop your hydrometer in and check your gravity.

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:47 PM   #7
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I second that the color you see in your fermenter is deceiving. I brew in glass carboys and though its the opposite of what you're describing my color often looks very dark compared to what it should be. Everything changes when I pour some into the hydrometer tube or a glass. That much volume and in your case diffused light from the bucket can definitely mess with the perceived color versus actual color.

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Old 02-10-2014, 12:29 AM   #8
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I did but I messed up the first reading because I had no idea what I was doing and how to use one, I'll definitely be sure to taking a reading next time to ensure its what its supposed to be

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