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    First batch... oops

    We did crack one open, last weekend. I was very careful, wrapping the bottle in a towel, wearing glasses, standing outside. There was a little hiss. It was, I guess, about 25% carbonated. The real issue was the bitter finish. It tasted great, but there's this really strong bitter finish on it...
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    First batch... oops

    Hmm.. since it was our first attempt at this.. we just kept adding (fresh RO water) to the wort until the SG was where the sheet said it should be for OG. When we looked, it was dead-nuts at the 5 gallon mark. Now that I write that, I guess we shouldn't assume the RO water is sterile. It...
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    First batch... oops

    Well, not exactly. The sheet said to start with a minimum of 2.5gal. We suspected that this was due to the probability that a regular kitchen wouldn't have a huge cauldron to handle any more. We were all setup, ready to go.. and realized that the largest soup pot we had was 2 gallons :| So, we...
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    First batch... oops

    One last thing. I went back to the sheet - saw that we tested the SG on 1/20.. It was 1.032 then. Highly doubt we only lost .002 in 2 weeks. We clearly weren't getting a good reading. Also.. want to say, all these helpful replies show what a great hobby (and forum) we have. I have been a part...
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    First batch... oops

    Don't have the recipe per se. It's 'Brewer's Best Russian Imperial Stout'. IBU's 54-58, OG 1.076-1.0809 (we measured 1.076 on brew day). FG: 1.077-1.020. Fermentables: 6.6lb Dark LME 2lb Dark DME 8 oz maltodextrin Specialty Grains: 8 oz Cara Munich Dark 8 oz Black Barley 8 oz Choc Wheat...
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    First batch... oops

    You know, I just asked my wife, my brew partner exactly what she did to get the reading. She was using a cylinder beaker we bought with the hydrometer. She said that the hydrometer bottomed out in the beaker. It's possible that it simply couldn't sink low enough to get a good reading...
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    First batch... oops

    So..even though we hadn't had a gurgle in over a week, it was not 'done'? Does this mean we can expect exploding bottles?
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    First batch... oops

    Yep.. airlocked and filled with sanitized water, etc, etc. thanks!
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    First batch... oops

    Been lurking in here, unregistered for a while. Ages ago, my wife bought a kit. Of course, all of that went bad. So, this year I got a couple of refill kits as presents. Extract kits.. We went to the local brew supply shop, asked the staff for help, watched tons and tons of videos, read, etc...
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