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Old 08-21-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Hey All -
I've never seen nor heard of anything like this, so I need to call in the big guns.

I just brewed by fourth batch ... 8-gallon stainless kettle with thermometer, and 1/2" ball valve over an sp10 bayou burner.

I used:
18 lbs grain
6 oz hops, 1 oz fwh - the rest at 20 mins or later.
US-05

Pre-boil gravity was 1.071, OG was 1.100, but LOADED with hop pellet fragments!

(I calculated the OG to theoretically be 1.084 ... without the hob debris).

The "specimen" is now in the basement at 72*, the yeast love it ... they were churing at 3 hours.

It smells like ... like heaven. I cried a little at the first whiff.

The problem is that it looks like pea soup ... I mean GREEN.

**** Have you ever seen beer look like this? None of my other batches looked like this, but none had all the late hop additions and non were as heavy (OG-wise). Thoughts?

Thanks for your feedback ... you're helping a new homebrewer ...


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Old 08-21-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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Yes, I have had "pea soup wort"! But the good news is that the hops debis will fall out and leave clear behind, so don't worry!


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To add to Yooper, you will probably wish you made a larger batch.
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Pre-boil gravity was 1.071, OG was 1.100, but LOADED with hop pellet fragments!

(I calculated the OG to theoretically be 1.084 ... without the hob debris).
How did you calculate the 1.084 exactly?

I'm fairly sure particles in the wort (hops) will not affect the gravity reading. Only stuff dissolved in the wort (sugars) will do that. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong...
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How did you calculate the 1.084 exactly?

I'm fairly sure particles in the wort (hops) will not affect the gravity reading. Only stuff dissolved in the wort (sugars) will do that. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong...
You are correct. The fine solids in the sample do not effect the hydrometer reading. The dissolved sugars are what increases the SG.
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Chess is right, any solids don't affect the reading, only dissolved solids.
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If it still looks like pea soup after two weeks, rack it through a hop-back type system into secondary.
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This worried me when I did a double IPA for my 3rd or 4th batch. Friend said it looked like green vomit. I was worried but just waited it out and it cleared up beautifully.
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There are 2 schools of thought on this.

1) try to screen of filter all the gunk out before it gets into your fermenter. Cleaner in = cleaner out.
2) It doesn't make a damn bit of difference. Hurry up and dump it in so we can get back to drinking our beer!


I guess I'm in the middle. I drain through a paint straining bag to get all the big bits out but don't worry about all the fine trub.

It all really does drop out eventually either way though.
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Ya, I should have mentioned that I strain mine through a fine cheesecloth. Also, I have a big 1/2" auto siphon that I rack from kettle to fermenter. Drains 10g in about 8 minutes. I just hold the hose up at the top of the fermenter and let it splash to aerate. Oxygen system is in the near future, tho.


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