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Jun
29
comment Pitched dry yeast into 57F wort, underfilled the fermenter with water… have I ruined my batch?
DOH! Thanks @TobiasPatton!
Jun
25
comment missing blow off water
Shoot! That is a lot! Taste the beer, as Danny says. HOWEVER: If it does taste funny, re-connect all your fermentation connections and let the beer warm up. I remember reading that the yeast can consume the starsan (if it is diluted enough to not kill them all). If it tastes good, call it a Crossley! [Read the "crazy story" at morebeer.com/content/brewingnetwork]
Jun
19
comment What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?
Podcasts are also a great source of information. Basic Brewing Radio and The Jamil Show should be listened to from the first episode. :)
Jun
19
comment What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?
Brewing Classic Styles is a recommended Recipe Book. Buy this book when you have read the recommended materials below.
Jun
19
comment What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?
How to brew covers the very basics to quite advanced topics (which you can skip on the first read). Highly recommended.
Jun
16
comment Can I decrease Original Gravity of the beer during fermentation process?
Note: Add boiled, then cooled water. Adding tap water might add bugs or chemicals.
Jun
15
comment Hop Rhizomes in South Africa
There is no way to PM another user. I got your email from your blyzz registration details. and sent you emails.
Jun
15
comment Hop Rhizomes in South Africa
You are right Shelby. One of their head brewers is also an avid home brewer.
Jun
11
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
@Pepi, how long does she ferment her beer for?
Jun
11
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
Interesting. I never heard of that but it makes sense! Can you recommend any steps to avoid this from happening (apart from the obvious full boil)?
Jun
10
comment Hop Rhizomes in South Africa
(1) yes, Jhb. (2) Yes, if all goes to plan.
Jun
10
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
No, I did not do a full boil. You boil the ingredients in 3 liters of water then add the wort and trub to the fermenter and add 15 liters of cold water to fill the fermenter. OG was taken from the fermenter after the cold water was add added, just before yeast. Yeast was re-hidrated dry yeast, approx 200 ml.
Jun
9
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
I am starting to think that the rice is there more as a flavor than a fermentable. I think I will do a 10% milled base malt addition to the next batch. That should give me enzyme activity for the "mash".
Jun
9
comment First batch, followed instructions, not sure if it's going to turn out
Here is a fun fact @Gingerbeardman; the more you brew and the more you learn, the more you will go "wow! I should be doing this in a different/better way". This progression of "doing it better next time" is what leads more home breweries to go from a pot and a bucket to a system with pumps and tubes and a good collection of scientific looking jugs! :) Your beer should be fine. Enjoy the process, learn and make better beer each time. :)
Jun
9
comment First time brewer. I'm afraid I've ruined my beer
A lot of brewers use DME. The claim is that it produces finer bubbles. I have not done side by side testing.
Jun
9
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
Assuming it is a starch, then it means that I can add enzymes to the beer and more magic will happen... EXPERIMENTATION TIME! :)
Jun
9
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
Nope. Took my OG sample from the fermenter just before pitching the yeast. Took FG while racking to keg.
Jun
9
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
I added nothing more. I am 99% sure that I did not screw up the reading. Reading 1.040 is easy because you immediately know your hydrometer should not stick out like that! :)
Jun
9
comment Can FG be higher than OG?
I was thinking the same thing, as I did not add anything to the wort/beer.
Jun
8
comment First time brewer. I'm afraid I've ruined my beer
Note: Cool the boiled DME to room temp before pitching it into the fermenter. :)