Uh oh, I think you are hooked! Glad to see you are taking the advice of some of these great guys/gals here on HBT as I have myself and it really pays off.Thanks! Im going to leave it sit for another 2 weeks or until I cant wait anylonger. Im going to try to leave it bottled for at lest 3 weeks also. As soon as I bottle I want to do a Red Ale with a good taste of chocolate in there!!! Any suggestions would be great!
This could be an infection or poor rinsing after using bleach as a sanitizer. Maybe even from using chlorinated tap water in the beer and not boiling long enough to remove it. It could even be the yeast that was used.A friend of mine recently made one of those prehopped canned kits from the grocery store. It tasted like band aids.... highly unrecommended
looks like I'm late to the party, as usual. Hope my info helps anyway...This could be an infection or poor rinsing after using bleach as a sanitizer. Maybe even from using chlorinated tap water in the beer and not boiling long enough to remove it. It could even be the yeast that was used.
I have had fantastic luck whipping up quick beers with Premier Malt Extract from my local mom-n-pop grocery. I have used extra hops, sugars, honey, and steeped grains in almost all of them. The only thing I would suggest is NOT using the yeast that comes with the can. I have had it quit before fermentation was complete and had to pitch a pack of Muntons yeast from another kit to finish up. I usually use safeale s-04 or us-05.
Search for 'premier mail extract' for more details
Should work just fine! They are self-adhesive or you could just tape it to the side of your fermentor if you want to move it!Will the fermometer work on my plastic fermenting bucket just as good as on your glass carboy?
Do you take your OG before you pitch your yeast?They are both important tools and important additions to your equipment.
In my brief experience, unless you do a full boil batch, OG is tough to measure accurately. The added water creates a layering effect and my readings have been typically low compared to my beer calculus estimations. I do think that it is still important to take an FG to see how well fermentation went compared to estimations.
Coopers actually makes a decent product. They're a real brewery in Australia and their hombrewing line, albeit very rudimentary, is of very good quality. You won't go wrong ordering your LME from them.Now who makes the best LME? What is a good brand to go with? Im seeing Coopers all over the place. Is that like the McDonalds of Extract? I now have everything I need to get started minus the ingrediants so now thats the mode of my research Im in now. Thanks man!
I've learned about the importance of mixing to get an good OG based on several batches, but I still know that the number is sometimes a bit off. When the carboy is really full, I am not sure getting an OG that matches calculation is worth risking contamination. The extracts have the sugars, there is no Mash efficiency to figure out, I have just come to accept that the dilution makes the OG reading less reliable. On my patch of Milk & Oatmeal Stout, the best reading I could get was 1.034 when it was supposed to be 1.060 based on the recipe. I searched HBT and found out that others have struggled with getting accurate OG reading on diluted extract brews, so not to worry, the water and wort will eventually mix themselves while the yeast do their thing. I might have made myself crazy if I felt like I had to mix till my actual gravity matched my predicted calculation.Do you take your OG before you pitch your yeast?
Any water that you may add, to make 5 gallons for example, should be well mixed before you take your gravity sample.
Liquid of different gravities will not mix easily on their own so before taking an OG make sure any water added pre-pitch, has been stirred well!
Wow, that is very bizarre! How the heck can that be? Like you said, you've got the sugars, it should be simple math once you add X amount of water to X amount of sugars(in solution) and viola.The extracts have the sugars, there is no Mash efficiency to figure out, I have just come to accept that the dilution makes the OG reading less reliable. On my patch of Milk & Oatmeal Stout, the best reading I could get was 1.034 when it was supposed to be 1.060 based on the recipe.
Oh no, it has begun! (the obsession)YAY!! Im going get a few things today for my next batch! Im going get my digital thermometer and my thermometer for my Carboy! I got a propane burner yesterday for my next batch. Next is my carboy and my stuff to clean and sanatize that!!!!!!!! I also need to get my plug for carboy and a blow off tube(just in case) and then Ill get my ingrediants! I should be boiling in anouther week or two!!!!!