A couple of questions. - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > A couple of questions.
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 03-25-2009, 01:10 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Iowa
Posts: 184
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default A couple of questions.

Okay, so the other night I made a Sierra Nevada Pale spin-off using Simcoe, Willamette, and Cascade hops.

Anyway, I only used about a 2-2 1/2 gallon wort, very stupidly. I put all of the ingredients it called for, adjusted for hop/AA differences, and everything went just fine, but the wort was only about 2 gallons, and I had to use 3 gallons of water. Will that affect the beer very much? I'm assuming it will......

Also it's been 4 days now, and no bubbles. I'm keeping it at my parents house for convenience and my dad said on the second day it was bubbling once every 10-15 seconds. I wouldn't be worried if not for that last part. Any ideas?

Also does problem #2 have anything to do with problem #1?

Thanks in advance,

size is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
Ale's What Cures You!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Yooper's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 68,366
Liked 7294 Times on 5158 Posts
Likes Given: 2069


It sounds ok to me- I'm not sure what your question is, but it sounds like everything is fine!

Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is online now
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2009, 01:39 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Ames, Iowa
Posts: 3,060
Liked 42 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 3


this sounds a lot like my first brew. i did a partial boil with about 3 gallons of final wort and added it to two gallons of cooled pre-boiled water. i'm not sure exactly how it affects the beer but it turned out pretty damn good. and i'm not surprised it isn't bubbling anymore... of course that doesn't necessarily mean it's done fermenting but it's not uncommon for your beer to finish fermenting within a few days. i'd do some sequential hydrometer readings on it, see if it's done and either let it clear in there for a bit or rack it to secondary to clear and then bottle after a few more weeks.
primary: APA

ebay temp controller | thermostat temp controller
android is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2009, 01:58 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lafayette, CO
Posts: 494
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


If the recipe was for 5 gallons, then you did the right thing. You will always boil off some water, and topping off to 5 gallons at the end is correct. An average batch for me is to start with about 3.5 gallons, boil off maybe a half gallon, and top off with about 2 more gallons (rough numbers, but you get the idea)
Kelpie Home Brewery, Lafayette Colorado
Primary: Creek Dog Stout x2, Two Dogs IPA, Grinning Kelpie Wheat
Secondary: empty :(
In Bottles: Belgian Wheat
Kungpaodog is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Couple of questions Long-Haired_Brewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-10-2009 12:58 PM
Couple Questions clemson55 Mead Forum 4 10-13-2008 08:46 PM
A couple questions Beer_Me Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-25-2008 08:06 PM
A couple questions rohanski Equipment/Sanitation 4 12-15-2007 04:13 AM
Couple of questions Tom Church Recipes/Ingredients 4 04-23-2006 02:59 AM

Forum Jump