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Old 09-26-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Well I have done a couple of Mr. Beer kits and I decided to step up to the plate of doing a 5 gallon batch. I got an IPA kit from Austin Homebrewing and followed the directions. I started it on Saturday. So far there is very little activity in the airlock which I know isn't the biggest indicator but I was wondering about it so I did open it and it is definitely bubbling, just not a lot. I did draw a sample out with a santized wine thief and it tasted pretty watery. I'm having a suspicion that not enough water boiled off.

Am I basically stuck with a watered down beer? Or am I just being paranoid and it's far to soon to tell?

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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I lean toward the second, way too early to tell and nothing you can do now but wait.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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Wait two-three weeks. The sugars haven't been converted to alcohol yet.

 
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:17 AM   #4
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Thanks! I thought I was just being paranoid. Patience is a virtue.

 
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:24 AM   #5
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You say you got a kit, so I am going to assume extract, but even if it is all grain my answer is the same. If you came close to following the directions, you are unlikely to have made it too watery. You had a specific amount of malt to put into the boil. Assuming you were left with approximately 5gal, you did it right. Relax.

 
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