Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > what a let down
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #11
billl
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,981
Liked 286 Times on 241 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Relax. Your beer is fine. The OG will be what the kit says it is. You can visually see how separated it is, so your gravity measurement is undoubtedly wrong.

Your volumes are fine too. A little of 5 gallons is perfect since there is plenty of trub taking up space there. The boiloff is fine. That just what happens when you boil liquid. You don't have to worry about it at all for extract brewing since you can just top back off to 5 gallons.

Anyway, congrats on the first brew. Now, toss that carboy in a dark spot and leave it alone for a couple weeks.

__________________
billl is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #12
unionrdr
Wannabe author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 30,990
Liked 2268 Times on 1975 Posts
Likes Given: 1700

Default

I noticed the recipe said to top off to 5.5 gallons. They must've tried to account for the trub loss.
__________________
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 03:18 PM   #13
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,570
Liked 260 Times on 226 Posts
Likes Given: 70

Default

You can use a fine mesh bag for your hop pellets which will keep some of that trub in check. Looks fine though, happy drinking!

__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Sour Saison, Pale Ale, Aggie Ale
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck: Firestone DBA, De Koninck Blonde
My Site: www.restlesscellars.com
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #14
JuiceyJay
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: portland, Oregon
Posts: 201
Liked 24 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I thought about a, mesh bag for the hops but it ended up with 3 ounces of hops in like 1.5 gallons of wort, figured it would have been too much of a hassle.

It was bad enough when the dme clumped up in the last addition and was hard to get the clumps out.
The 1 gal batch I did before was much easier

__________________
JuiceyJay is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #15
Dan
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Posts: 6,398
Liked 1977 Times on 1223 Posts
Likes Given: 2799

Default

You might consider putting a blow off tube on that. From the pic it doesn't look like a lot of head space and the fermenting temp is a little warm. Probably going to get very active quickly.

__________________
Dan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #16
Homercidal
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 24,396
Liked 2432 Times on 1718 Posts
Likes Given: 1387

Default

Or, invest in some ceiling paint...

__________________
Homercidal is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #17
JuiceyJay
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: portland, Oregon
Posts: 201
Liked 24 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Homercidal View Post
Or, invest in some ceiling paint...
Haha, I hope there isn't a mess when I get home, there is a little over 1 gallon headspace
__________________
JuiceyJay is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
fall-line
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
fall-line's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 433
Liked 49 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

I'm with everyone else. I think your hydrometer sample was off. It looks like it'll turn out great.

Personally, I use a blowoff tube in every batch with an OG over about 1.050. If I were you, I'd just assume you hit your target OG to be safe and install one. They are so easy to use and takes all the worry out of the first few days of vigorous fermentation.

Enjoy your beer - it's going to be tasty!

__________________

"Brewing beer is a fun and rewarding hobby. When you do good, you get beer. When you do bad, you get beer. It's a lot like rec league softball"
(source)


Building a home brewery (and garage) from the ground up
fall-line is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2012, 12:11 AM   #19
JuiceyJay
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: portland, Oregon
Posts: 201
Liked 24 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Well I got home just in the nick of time.....I walked into the airlock full of foam and heard a big release of gas And stuff was bubbling out of the top! Lol....

Here's how it looks now (much much better color, things are crazy active in the fermenter.

I feel much better with the blowoff tube on .

Only about half an inch of trub on the bottom, I feel I did a decent job .

__________________
JuiceyJay is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2012, 12:19 AM   #20
mcbaumannerb
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 36 reviews
 
mcbaumannerb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 7,380
Liked 4409 Times on 2463 Posts
Likes Given: 14344

Default

I've gotten to the point where I always put a blow-off tube on. Why worry or stress when it is just as easy as an airlock.

__________________

Untappd: mcbaumannerb BEEr

Facebook: BEEr

"Oh mother, tell your children; not to do what I have done."

mcbaumannerb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools




Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS