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Old 01-19-2011, 04:51 AM   #1
Jabrock1
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Been reading for a couple week now and today I finally brewed my first homebrew today and everything went pretty good but the only thing Im worried about is that when I was heating everything up I never got to a boil but im pretty sure it was very close. Will this affect my brew? Another thing that caught me offguard was after I cooled my wort I could still see very fine particles in the wort which I imagine was the dextrose. Is that normal? It was a Coopers Lager kit (wanted to keep it simple on the first brew to get the process down).

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Old 01-19-2011, 04:58 AM   #2
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You'll be fine on boil, It's difficult getting a full rolling boil on a stove top. as for the particles this is normal... It's what we call hot break. it's just proteins from the extract. it's a good thing. this will produce a clearer final product. sounds like you got your boil hot enough to cause this. good job!


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Old 01-19-2011, 05:20 AM   #3
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Awesome now I can go to bed and not worry haha

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:04 AM   #4
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You may want to consider upping your hop dosage in the future though - a vigorous rolling boil aids in releasing hop oils and ensuring they are infused into your wort. If you cannot achieve a rolling boil and your beers come out to mild for your liking, slightly increase your hop usage to compensate.

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:53 PM   #5
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You may want to consider upping your hop dosage in the future though - a vigorous rolling boil aids in releasing hop oils and ensuring they are infused into your wort. If you cannot achieve a rolling boil and your beers come out to mild for your liking, slightly increase your hop usage to compensate.
Or lower your boil size.

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:06 PM   #6
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Yeah I will make sure I have a smaller boil next time. Also the beer is fermenting at about 72 degrees, is this too high?

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:04 PM   #7
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Yeah I will make sure I have a smaller boil next time. Also the beer is fermenting at about 72 degrees, is this too high?
Kind of depends on the yeast, but yeah it seems a bit high. During active fermentation the temp of the wort will be 6-10 degrees higher. I usually like my ambient temp to be in the low to mid 60's.

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:14 PM   #8
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Kind of depends on the yeast, but yeah it seems a bit high. During active fermentation the temp of the wort will be 6-10 degrees higher. I usually like my ambient temp to be in the low to mid 60's.
Well I have a stick on thermometer on the fermenting bucket that reads 72 ambient temp is prob around 68

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:25 PM   #9
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Temp seems high for a Lager. Or is a Coopers Lager something different?

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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What yeast did you use? Most have a range posted and will ferment a little cleaner at the lower end of the range.



 
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