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Old 04-18-2006, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default i get another A in stupidity

been homebrewing for about 18 months now and thought i was progressing well.
always had a carbonation/lack of foam issue but didn't worry too much as the beer was ok.
turns out i missed a very basic concept - i never measured my fermenting buckets, just assumed they were 23 litres and when i filled them to the middle ring on the outside i had about 19 litres(5gallons)
turns out my pails are larger and i have been fermenting 23 litres,about 20% more than i thought.
therefore i have been using 20% less ingredients and priming sugar than i should have.
in a way it was good since i also forgot to reduce the bittering hops when i went to full boil for all grain.
i am glad brewing is so forgiving of screw ups.
hopefully my next batches will be better now(end of rant)

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Old 04-19-2006, 07:25 AM   #2
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Yeah, review of the process is good every so often, and looking outside the box is good too.

My beers are getting better but sometimes it takes a third party to suggest a change. SwAMi questioned my mash temps one time and I found out my thermometer was reading low. My beers are now better from that one suggestion.
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