Made my first extract beer today... - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Made my first extract beer today...

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-12-2013, 04:45 AM   #1
rwstewart1985
Recipes 
 
Jan 2013
Posts: 3


Hi all,

So I made my very first extract beer today and I have a couple questions about the procedure...

1) I was getting ready to battle the foam that was going to threaten a boil over, but I barely had any foam at all. Is this normal??

2) I'm using a primary and secondary fermenter. Is it essentially the same timeline for both compared to a canned beer kit? Or should I just pay more attention to my specific gravity?

This beer is also going to be the first to come from the kegerator I'm currently building, so that makes it even harder to wait for! Any other tips for extract brewing would be appreciated.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 04:55 AM   #2
masterfool101
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Posts: 272
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by rwstewart1985
Hi all,

So I made my very first extract beer today and I have a couple questions about the procedure...

1) I was getting ready to battle the foam that was going to threaten a boil over, but I barely had any foam at all. Is this normal??

2) I'm using a primary and secondary fermenter. Is it essentially the same timeline for both compared to a canned beer kit? Or should I just pay more attention to my specific gravity?

This beer is also going to be the first to come from the kegerator I'm currently building, so that makes it even harder to wait for! Any other tips for extract brewing would be appreciated.
1). Sometimes they foam ... Sometimes they don't. You got lucky

2). Generally, we recommend 3 weeks in primary, and no secondary at all. Start testing gravity after about 2 weeks. Get 3 readings the same near your expected FG, and you're good to bottle.
__________________
Nothing Beats a Fool's Luck . . . and I am the Master Fool.

unionrdr Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,902
Liked 3669 Times on 3153 Posts


Sound advice. I primary 3-4 weeks on average gravity ales,depending on how vigorous the yeast activity is. No secondary unless oaking or adding fruit. I even dry hop in primary after FG is reached & it's settling out clear.
I got a huge foamy hot break once on an extract brew when I added a pound of wheat DME to the boil after I'd added reg plain DME. Usually,you just get a little foam on the surface with extracts ime.
Once you start getting into steeping grains & partial mash,you'll start getting big,fast rising hot breaks. With extracts,it's hit or miss.
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
dk21
Recipes 
 
Jul 2012
Lewisburg, PA
Posts: 218
Liked 16 Times on 14 Posts


What did you make?

1) while I've had some brews get some foam on top, I haven't been at risk of a boil over (yet). It's lurking, though, so always be ready to get it off the heat quickly. I can't imagine you'd want to deal with that.

2) time is only a guideline. That being said, I tend to bottle after 4 weeks in primary. As mentioned above, consider skipping the secondary unless you're adding spice, flavoring, etc. It's debated but has been found to be unnecessary for us home brewers.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 03:17 PM   #5
RM-MN
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Solway, MN
Posts: 9,405
Liked 1631 Times on 1296 Posts


When you brew an all grain beer, as the wort comes to a boil you sometimes get a huge bunch of foam known as hot break. With extract this has mostly happened in the making of the extract so you don't get as much foam.

If you are going to secondary (usually unnecessary) you should go by the hydrometer reading instead of a time line. It's really hard to get yeast to punch a time clock and harder yet to make them work on your schedule. When the hydrometer reading says they are done, they are done.

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
made a porter and IPA today. I think. meadmazer Recipes/Ingredients 0 11-05-2012 01:53 AM
Made a Pumpkin Wit Today! JasonToews All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 11-30-2010 05:21 PM
Made my firstg AG today! bell0347 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 6 02-09-2009 10:34 PM
Today....Today I Made Beer. Deacon1856 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 16 09-22-2008 08:25 PM


Forum Jump