First Brew Results / Questions - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First Brew Results / Questions

Thread Tools
Old 12-11-2009, 03:41 AM   #1
Aug 2009
Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 51
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

So I brewed batch #1 today and I'm pretty sure I've created a liquid known as beer (we'll find out the quality of it in 7 weeks). I made a Dry Irish Stout (6 lbs LME, 1 lb Roasted Barley, 1 oz Nugget Hops). I've been reading this board for a while and while I've learned tons of great information I still came across a few small issues during the brew.

I learned that there's things I need to do to shorten my brew day like sanitize equipment while waiting for the boil (I did the cleaning & sanitizing of everything beforehand and it lengthened my day). The good news is that I had plenty of beer bottles in the fridge that needed emptying while I waited around.

The two issues that I had were my brewpot seems to be stained. I have an aluminum pot and there's a brown stain around the top of the pot (where wort might of splashed up but too high for the liquid to have been). I wondered if this was normal to have stains on the brewpot or if I need to soak and clean it better. There's another stain on the outside of the pot where it was sitting in the waterbath to cool the wort. The top half and bottom half of the pot are clearly different shades of aluminum following the waterbath.

The other issue that I had was my O.G. is 1.052 and my expected O.G. should've been 1.044. I think this may have to do with my fill volume for my 6 gal better bottle. I filled it up to the point of where the bottle starts bending in towards the middle. Is that the 5.5 gal mark or would it need more water?

Anyways, I learned quite a bit during the brew and believe that I've created a beer in some shape or form. We'll find out in 7 weeks. Time to empty some more bottles.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
Jul 2009
Macungie, PA
Posts: 332
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts

I believe the stains are actually oxidation and are, in fact, desireable. The oxidation layer "seasons" the pot and prevents off flavors from leeching into the wort as it boils.

I haven't used a better bottle, but it sounds like you don't have enough water in the fermenter. I think it would be safe to boil up some water and cool it then add it until you reach your target OG. However, leaving it alone might be ok as well. It will be slightly higher if ABV, but the flavors will concentrate as well. Take a sample and taste it. If you like it then leave it go. If you think it's too roasty, bitter, harsh, etc. add the cooled water and gently rock the bottle to mix it up. Then take a gravity reading.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 02:48 PM   #3
Jul 2008
Posts: 327
Liked 14 Times on 6 Posts

My wife bought me a new brew pot for my b-day and the first time I used it it stained a little on the bottom. I used some Barkeepers Friend (liquid version) on a paper towel, rubbed it in, and it was gone just like that!

Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
Licensed Sensual Massage Therapist.
Homercidal's Avatar
Feb 2008
Reed City, MI
Posts: 31,681
Liked 5101 Times on 3449 Posts

Aluminum will turn dark as you use it and it oxidizes. I found out ahead of time to boil some water and speed up that process. I usually clean up with a green scrubbie pad, but very gently. If'n I was smarter, I'd clean up while the gunk was still soft.

My kettle is sort of brownish on the bottom and greyish up the sides. No worries. Just make sure to try and leave it on there.
Day after day, it reappears. Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear. Ghosts appear and fade away. Come back another day.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First brew results Hound_Dog Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 05-11-2009 04:26 AM
First brew results. Hellfire_studios Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 01-24-2009 03:20 AM
First Brew Results, Questions Wicked Daddy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 06-02-2008 06:39 PM
Results from my first AG brew briandickens All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 0 11-05-2007 06:28 PM
1st Brew results? strohs General Beer Discussion 4 09-18-2007 10:49 PM

Forum Jump