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Old 01-06-2007, 01:32 AM   #1
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My wife went and bought me a hydrometer today. I started brewing this evening and after I filled my fermenter up to five gallons, I went to get my OG reading and discovered that the hydrometer was broke.
I went ahead and added the yeast even though I didn't know what the OG reading was. Should it be OK?
Also, when I was pouring the wort into the fermenter, I noticed alot of crud in the bottom of the kettle. I thought I had stirred real good. I took my stir spoon and got all the crud into the fermenter from the kettle. Is that OK too? Thanks for your help.

 
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:22 AM   #2
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If you brewed an extract batch then your OG is not going to vary all that much so there is time to replace the hydrometer to measure the finishing gravity if you want. No problem there. The crud ( or trub ) will settle out in the fermenter and you can siphon off above it for a clearer beer. Good luck on your brew. What type was it?
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:02 AM   #3
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I told the man at the store that I wanted a Golden Ale. He gave me a can of Coopers Real Ale, corn syrup, and finishing hops (hallertalu hybrid). Does that sound right?
On the yeast, he gave me Coopers Dried Yeast. I understand that Ale and Lager use different types of yeast. The package that I had did not say if it was for Ale or Lager. He also gave me Bru-Vigor. Please excuse my ignorance.

 
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:29 AM   #4
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I don't know much about Coopers Kits but I believe they are prehopped so with finishing hops that sounds right. I am not a fan of adding corn syrup or sugar to make fermentables for beer but there are people that do it. On your next batch try using all malt extract instead of corn sugars and I think your product will be better tasting. Try to keep the temp in the low 70's for the ale yeast. Are there any additional choices for beer making kits at the brew store?
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:31 AM   #5
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One more thing. Read ,or better yet buy the book by John Palmer entitled How to Brew. You will learn a lot on how the process of making beer works. Website at > http://howtobrew.com/
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:54 AM   #6
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Thanks alot. Seems like alot of good info. I will buy it this weekend.


 
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:21 AM   #7
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Welcome!

When you say the hyrdrometer broke, do you know when, how, where? Did you get your reading before or after you saw it was broken?
That's weird that he gave you corn syrup. I've never used it and my LHBS guy has never mentioned it.

 
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:52 PM   #8
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I said the man at the store gave "me", he actually gave my wife since I was at work at the time. I thought it was corn syrup since it was in a clear plastic container. Could it have been extract? You guys have me worried if it was corn syrup. Next time, I should probably go.

 
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:32 PM   #9
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I said the man at the store gave "me", he actually gave my wife since I was at work at the time. I thought it was corn syrup since it was in a clear plastic container. Could it have been extract? You guys have me worried if it was corn syrup. Next time, I should probably go.
Either that or just order exactly what you want from an online brew supply dealer.

 
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:23 PM   #10
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Corn syrup is the one of the cheapest ways to get fermentables into a beer, I'd also say the worst! It will make beer but don't be too disappointed if it doesn't meet expectations. Some homebrew shops sell it but I'd be surprised if they recommended it and if they did I wouldn't respect any of their other advice.
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