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Old 11-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #11
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Relax. Your beer is fine. The OG will be what the kit says it is. You can visually see how separated it is, so your gravity measurement is undoubtedly wrong.

Your volumes are fine too. A little of 5 gallons is perfect since there is plenty of trub taking up space there. The boiloff is fine. That just what happens when you boil liquid. You don't have to worry about it at all for extract brewing since you can just top back off to 5 gallons.

Anyway, congrats on the first brew. Now, toss that carboy in a dark spot and leave it alone for a couple weeks.


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Old 11-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #12
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I noticed the recipe said to top off to 5.5 gallons. They must've tried to account for the trub loss.


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Old 11-19-2012, 03:18 PM   #13
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You can use a fine mesh bag for your hop pellets which will keep some of that trub in check. Looks fine though, happy drinking!
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #14
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I thought about a, mesh bag for the hops but it ended up with 3 ounces of hops in like 1.5 gallons of wort, figured it would have been too much of a hassle.

It was bad enough when the dme clumped up in the last addition and was hard to get the clumps out.
The 1 gal batch I did before was much easier
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #15
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You might consider putting a blow off tube on that. From the pic it doesn't look like a lot of head space and the fermenting temp is a little warm. Probably going to get very active quickly.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #16
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Or, invest in some ceiling paint...
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #17
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Haha, I hope there isn't a mess when I get home, there is a little over 1 gallon headspace
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
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I'm with everyone else. I think your hydrometer sample was off. It looks like it'll turn out great.

Personally, I use a blowoff tube in every batch with an OG over about 1.050. If I were you, I'd just assume you hit your target OG to be safe and install one. They are so easy to use and takes all the worry out of the first few days of vigorous fermentation.

Enjoy your beer - it's going to be tasty!
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:11 AM   #19
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Well I got home just in the nick of time.....I walked into the airlock full of foam and heard a big release of gas And stuff was bubbling out of the top! Lol....

Here's how it looks now (much much better color, things are crazy active in the fermenter.

I feel much better with the blowoff tube on .

Only about half an inch of trub on the bottom, I feel I did a decent job .
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:19 AM   #20
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I've gotten to the point where I always put a blow-off tube on. Why worry or stress when it is just as easy as an airlock.


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