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Old 10-13-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
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Hi everyone this is my first time brewing my own beer and had a few questions. I red most of the tips and tricks but still couldn't find my answer. I purchased the Brewers best kit, along with American Amber ingredients. Brewing went well, until I put took my first hydro reading. American Amber is 1.042-1.045, my reading was 1.029. Did I do something wrong, so i just added my yeast and let it go. Also do you use both can extract and dry or just one. I only used the can wasn't sure because the recipe said and/or dry.

 
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:39 AM   #2
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So the kit came with both liquid and dry malt extract? And you only added the liquid? That would likely explain the low gravity.

If I were you, I would try to add the dry malt extract ASAP. You'll want to boil it in some water. More experienced people- should he aerate it before he dumps it in?

If you leave it as is, you'll have a very light, very hoppy beer with maybe 2% alcohol.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:43 AM   #3
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Welcome to HBT!

Yep, boil up a quart or two of water, mix your malt, cool, and add it to your fermenter. I wouldn't aerate any further at this point. Don't worry, the yeast will find the sugars and make beer just fine.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:45 AM   #4
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Yes, it came with both and the recipe wasn't very specific so I didn't know what to do. Can I still save my beer. It has been fermenting for about 4 hours.

 
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:49 AM   #5
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So I boil up the malt and pour in as is, I'm going to do this right now, one more thing, when brewing it reduced to about 1 gallon it started as 2. Is this normal, i only filled it to the 4 gallon mark because it said add 3 gallons, but didn't state that it would reduce. Should I add more water.

 
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:51 AM   #6
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Perfect, you can boil your DME in a gallon, cool, and add it in to get the right volume. You only need to get the DME to temp, no need to boil for any length of time.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:50 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for the fast replies, I finished cooling and added it to the rest of the batch did a quick hydro test and it was perfect. I guess brewing is all about trail and error quick way to learn though. Again thanks guys, will this effect the final outcome of the final product.

 
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