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Old 11-10-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Did I ruin this batch?

Working on my first brew (so excited!) and I forgot to use water. I'm doing a kit with LME and hops. I started out boiling the LME which was really messy, being there was no water. It splattered a lot and I think I even burned a little of it. With all that sticky bubbling you'd think I would have thought "hey noob . . don't you need water to make beer??". So I tossed in the hops at the right time but it was hard to stir them in but most of the pellets got down into the sludge.

After 45 mins (I just couldn't get to the full hour -- I was driking a lot and had to pee but was afraid to leave this kettle of boiling lava) I put the pot in an ice bath and cooled it down to 65 degress. I tried to dump it into my ferm bucket but now that it was cool, it was a thick as . . . I don't know, burned LME i guess!! So I grabbed a garden trowel (yes I washed and sanitized it -- very careful brewer I am) and scrapped all the black stuff into my bucket and threw in the yeast. I stirred it in as best as I could but after breaking three wooden spoons I gave up and put the lid on with my air lock (filled with a little vodka after I took a deep swig).

Here is my question: obviously I won't get near the 5gals I was looking for (right now it looks like about 3 pints of black concrete) and it doesn't seem as if fermintation has started yet (its been 2 weeks), most of the yeast is just sitting on top, rather placid looking. Shoudl I toss this one? You guys always say DWRHAHB so maybe I'm just conerned about nothing. I'm sure you guys do this all the time! Also, I wanted it to have a really unique taste so I'm thinking of adding apples and bananas . . should I toss those in now or will that ruin it?

Thanks for your help, you guys are the best!

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Old 11-10-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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Yeah you're good. Make sure you get all the burnt crap off the pot in to the fermenter for that nice "roasted" taste.

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Old 11-10-2011, 04:46 PM   #3
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:47 PM   #4
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toss it man, unfortunetly it doesnt sound like something salvageable.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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This can't be serious?

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:48 PM   #6
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Yeah you're good. Make sure you get all the burnt crap off the pot in to the fermenter for that nice "roasted" taste.
I really scrapped it good . . .think I got a chunk of aluminum too. Will that leave an "off-flavor"?

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:49 PM   #7
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This has to be a joke....

I would ferment it next to your toilet.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:52 PM   #8
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What was the OG? May want to have a spare hydrometer on hand when taking the reading in case the first one breaks

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:54 PM   #9
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You'll be alright without the water. It's not that important. Hell, it wasn't even included in the kit. If it was necessary, it would have been included.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:58 PM   #10
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I wanted it to have a really unique taste
You can be sure (there is absolutely no doubt) that it has a really unique taste already, and with time this taste will be getting more and more unique!

 
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