Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

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Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by fluff34567 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:55 am

Hi all, it's been many many years since I made a home brew beer and I think I made a mistake so would like a second opinion please...

I tried a mangrove jacks golden lager kit

https://mangrovejacks.com/products/gold ... h-dry-hops

I just realised I forgot to add the hops, but no bother there.

I added 500g dextrose and 500g light spray malt instead of the suggested 1kg dextrose/brew enhancer. The fermentation started over night and after 2 or 3 days was really strong, constant bubbles through the airlock and after day 5 slowed and by day 6 essentially zero. Last 3 days I haven't seen or heard a bubble.

I checked the SG and its meant to be 1.006 but I'm getting 1.020 :shock:

Anyone had this kit before and experienced the rapid fermentation?

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by WalesAles » Thu Jan 26, 2023 11:15 am

Hello fluff,
What was SG before putting in the Yeast?
It might not have finished fermenting yet, check with the hydro 3 days in a row.
Leave the hydro in the beer, it won`t hurt.

WA

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by fluff34567 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 12:39 pm

Another mistake, I didn't check it before... I moved the brew bucket onto.a worktop to drain off a sample then moved it back to the original room and it's bubbling again at normal rates .. weird.

Let's see what happens over next days !

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by MashBag » Fri Jan 27, 2023 9:41 am

WalesAles wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 11:15 am

Leave the hydro in the beer, it won`t hurt.

WA
Tiny steps, soon you will be a fully paid up "idle brewer". Beer doesn't have to be hard 😉

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by fluff34567 » Fri Jan 27, 2023 11:39 am

How would you guys read this SG, 1.012 ?

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Apparently it should be 1.006 ?

Going to measure again tomorrow and see if its changed.

If same I plan to bottle in a day or 2 and add 1 tsp granulated sugar per litre .

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by WalesAles » Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:09 pm

fluffy,
Don`t worry about the 1006, 1010 is the normal aiming point.
Looks ok to me.
Have you thought of batch priming? Easier than putting sugar in the bottles.

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by fluff34567 » Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:29 pm

Hi thanks for reply, sorry for all the questions.. its been about 10 years since I tried a homebrew kit and forgot everything.

Batch priming, yep thats what I remember I did in the past, I have a second bucket ready and will siphon off from the top to reduce any sediment.

Will it help if I put the fermentation bucket in a cold room first ?

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Re: Think I made a mistake - advice needed please

Post by WalesAles » Fri Jan 27, 2023 3:52 pm

fluffy,
No need for the cold room.
Do it if you want to. :D

WA

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