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BBB63
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beers 6473 º places 145 º 15:57 Thu 10/18/2012

Originally posted by SpringsLicker
I have several friends who learned to brew by helping me who have never brewed with extract, but unless you are also in that type of learning situation; I would recommend an advanced kit with extract. Try to find a kit using dry malt extract vs liquid, and with "specialty grains or steeping grains" This will not be too much harder than a very basic kit and it will add a lot of flavor and will make you feel good seeing real barley grains being converted into good beer. As you feel comfortable with the process and become more proficient you can move towards advanced all grain brewing. None of the steps are hard, there are just more and more of them involved. But if you can boil water you can make good beer. And if you can read a thermometer, you can make great beer.


listen to this man

 
giorgos
places 4 º 16:07 Thu 10/18/2012

Originally posted by BBB63
Originally posted by SpringsLicker
I have several friends who learned to brew by helping me who have never brewed with extract, but unless you are also in that type of learning situation; I would recommend an advanced kit with extract. Try to find a kit using dry malt extract vs liquid, and with "specialty grains or steeping grains" This will not be too much harder than a very basic kit and it will add a lot of flavor and will make you feel good seeing real barley grains being converted into good beer. As you feel comfortable with the process and become more proficient you can move towards advanced all grain brewing. None of the steps are hard, there are just more and more of them involved. But if you can boil water you can make good beer. And if you can read a thermometer, you can make great beer.


listen to this man


im on the stage of fermenting now so it doesnt really matter!

 
Erlangernick
beers 1 º places 2 º 01:45 Fri 10/19/2012

Originally posted by giorgos
yes.. potential alcohol = 0 ,approx. sugar per liter = 60, specific grav = 20 ....

i dont know it seems strange.. i had 2 days o fermentation on the second and fourth day.. there are bubbles on the cap of my vessel and it is a bit boosted.. when i press it the airlock makes bubbles.. is it wrong to do it? is it bad to have bubbles on the top of it?


??? 0% alcohol?

Normally, hydrometers give readings in ° Plato (% Stammwürze in German) or in specific gravity (in the US, not sure about the UK). Did you take a reading before fermentation started? And then another one after a few days?

Have you tasted it?

 
giorgos
places 4 º 02:23 Fri 10/19/2012

i didnt take a reading in the begining..i did 2 days ago.. i tasted it. its like a proper belgian but without alcohol and it is a bit thinner so far. last night there was a bit action in the airlock

 
Erlangernick
beers 1 º places 2 º 00:45 Mon 10/22/2012

If you mean the specific gravity is now 1.020, I’m not sure what to suggest. It might be dangerous to bottle it, because it might still ferment quite a lot in the bottle.

I also have no experience with the kit you used, so I don’t know what to say about that.

Next time, take a hydrometer reading BEFORE you pitch the yeast, and then when primary fermentation has died down (the foam on top of the wort collapses) take another one. With this second reading, it’s important to drive off the CO2 in the wort first, because CO2 in the wort affects hydrometer readings.

 
giorgos
places 4 º 11:00 Mon 10/22/2012

it says just 20.. im gonna measure it now again. its been 10 days in the vessel

 
santabeer
beers 67 º places 9 º 12:27 Mon 10/22/2012

I hope you didn’t use the shower hose for cleaning and water. Always use water from the kitchen or someplace else where there isn’t a plastic hose.

 
giorgos
places 4 º 14:00 Mon 10/22/2012

water as in the water for the beer? i used filtered water. i just open it for reading. it is close to the ’’bottle’’ sign on the hydrometer. a put fining and did stir.

 
Phil
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beers 181 º places 33 º 14:05 Mon 10/22/2012

if you’re in the UK there is Jim’s Homebrew Kit site, and perhaps come to one of the London Amateur Brewers Meets, and there is the London South East Homebrewers comp soon.

but, there is a lot of good advice above. Nice work!

 
Erlangernick
beers 1 º places 2 º 00:19 Tue 10/23/2012

Originally posted by santabeer
I hope you didn’t use the shower hose for cleaning and water. Always use water from the kitchen or someplace else where there isn’t a plastic hose.


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