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Old 01-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I've just started brewing my first batch, a Muntons Nut Brown Ale, a few days ago. I've had dozens of questions which I Googled and kept finding myself referred to this board so I figured I might as well join. I hope you kind folks don't mind answering the same questions over and over again.

So here's where I stand right now. I started a batch of Muntons Nut Brown Ale a few days ago. I sterilized everything and followed the directions the owner of my LHBS gave me, even though they didn't agree 100% with what the Muntons package said. For instance, the Owner said to boil the mix in 1.5 gallons of water for 15 minutes, the package said not to. I boiled it. I added water up to 5 gallons and cooled the wort in an ice bath, bringing it down to 78 F in about an hour. I mixed the yeast in some warm water and let it sit 15 minutes, then pitched it. OG 1.043 (after correcting for temperature). I put on the airlock then stashed the carboy in the closet. At 24 hrs., I had 1" of krausen, it was at 68F and bubbling at about 3 bubbles/2 seconds. At 48 hours the krausen was very much reduced, the temp had dropped to 65F and the bubbling had slowed to 1 bubble/sec. At 68 hours, the krausen is pretty much gone, the temp is down to 62-63 degrees, and the bubbles are down to 1 bubble/7 seconds. Here are my questions:

Should I move the beer to a warmer location?
Should I add more sugar or yeast?
Should I rack to a secondary?
Anything you can tell from the narrative that I did wrong?
What can I expect to see in the next week or so?
Should I give up on brewing and just go back to stalking super-models?

Any insights would be welcome.


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Old 01-14-2013, 02:52 AM   #2
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Be patient, check the gravity after 1 week and be prepared to let it go for 2 weeks, 2 weeks is very normal. Most will show activity and then settle down. Your directions should give a final gravity expected. ( this may be a little different than the actual gravity you get depending on a number of variables),When you don't see any change in gravity for about 3 days its time for the next step.


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Old 01-14-2013, 02:58 AM   #3
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It may be difficult, but close the closet door and don't open it again for at least a week (two would be better.) Then as schooner said, start checking your gravity to see if it has stabilized. The airlock bubbling is cool to watch but is not really indicative of what is happening in the fermenter. Also, once fermentation finishes you want to give the yeast a little more time to clean up and give a better tasting beer.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:12 AM   #4
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Should I move the beer to a warmer location?
No anything above 60 degrees is good in my book.

Should I add more sugar or yeast?
No definitely not. Let it sit for a few weeks.

Should I rack to a secondary?
I only do a secondary if i am going to mature it for a few months or if i am adding something like fruit. No otherwise.

Anything you can tell from the narrative that I did wrong?
Nope sounds great.

What can I expect to see in the next week or so?
After two weeks you shouldnt see any big changes in your gravity readings. Also beer will really start to clear up after a couple of weeks. You will also notice yeast at the bottom of your bucket/carboy as it falls out of suspension.

Should I give up on brewing and just go back to stalking super-models?
Do both they are not mutually exclusive.
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Folks,

Thank you all very much for your input. I will close the closet door, put a piece of duct tape across it, and walk away for a week.

Rick
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All good advice given except - be very careful stalking the super-models. After a stint in jail the beer would be past prime.
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All good advice given except - be very careful stalking the super-models. After a stint in jail the beer would be past prime.
i completely agree, or at least leave instructions here, as to how we could find this beer while you are in jail... and ... you know, watch it for you.


btw, are there many super models in port angeles, my wife and i were looking into moving there after we leave England, because of its location in comparison to the national park, and seattle, and the beach. i guess my real question is, how far is the lhbs.

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My advice for the beginner is always, leave it alone and let it work.

I think we've all been there, over thinking the whole process ,Fussing with the batch, checking the gravity way to often.

I agree you should peek at the batch to check temp. Check your bubbler( airlock) just as a gauge of fermentation. I myself check my carboy after work when I get home. And yep it's still there.

The sooner you get comfortable with your brewing the better it will come out. Then not long after that you'll be wanting to go all grain and design your own recipes.

Relax, drink a beer it's supposed to be fun
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+1 on leave it alone!
Alot of the problems new brewers run into with brewing, can be corrected by time. You must force yourself to forget that you brewed it ( repeat after me.....there is no beer....there is no beer....breath in and out...relax), for me thats usually three weeks, sometimes longer depending on the style of course
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A beer pipeline is a wonderful thing. Once you get enough beer going that you are not tempted to drink green beer and monitor every little step your beer will start to come out better and better.

Remember 3 weeks at 70 degrees in the bottles to carb and then a few days in the fridge. Speaking of which I need to go and stock the fridge again


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