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Old 03-02-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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Well it has been a sad and exciting weekend. My first batch of Mr. Beer brew is now gone. I've got the second Mr. Beer batch, a Hefeweizen that I substituted DME for the booster and used a better yeast, carbing and conditioning in the bottles.

So, I decided it was finally time to christen that five gallon equipment kit I purchased a while back. I brewed up a VERY easy extract, only one bittering hop addition, dark amber kit from the local LHBS. I can't tell you how much all the reading on here and starting out easy with Mr. Beer helped. I did a partial, three gallons, late addition, boil, chilled in the sink with lots of ice as I'd read here. I aerated and topped off the fermenter and when I went to take my SG reading I had a problem.

"Hmm, 1.020 is not right, this beer is supposed to be in the 1.042-1.046 range."

I stared at the hydrometer tube and suddenly my HBT training kicked in.

"You sir, forgot to mix the wort with the top off water!"

I mixed it all together took a second reading...1.046 on the nose!

I love it when a plan comes together, thanks to everyone for getting me off on the right foot so far!



 
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:02 AM   #2
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Congrats -- sounds like it's going to be a good one!


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Old 03-02-2009, 03:57 AM   #3
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Congrats -- sounds like it's going to be a good one!
I hope so!

After about four hours I'm seeing airlock activity. So, it looks like it's off to the races. I'm using dry yeast for this first batch, but I did rehydrate. Of course, I do know that airlock activity isn't the best gauge to determine the end of fermentation, but, at this early stage, it seems to indicate things are going well!

 
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:27 PM   #4
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Well, all I can say is, "I'll be rigging a blow-off tube with EVERY beer from now on!"

 
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:51 PM   #5
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I love it when a plan comes together, thanks to everyone for getting me off on the right foot so far!
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #6
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Da da da daaaa! Da da daa!

I pity the fool who don't stir their wort!



 
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