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Hey guys,

I wanted to get a brew on today and had close to zero time so I thought I'd get a Brewcraft fresh wort kit. Normally I avoid going there but they're the only place in Adelaide that sell them (that I'm aware of).

Anyway I got a 15L 'Original Porter' kit. No expected gravity figures were supplied. I topped up to 20L with water as per instructions and took a reading, and it only came up at 1.036. This is pretty low and I'm expecting to have a midstrength beer at the end of it, not a typical porter! I put the brew down after Brewcraft had closed for the day so I couldn't call them.

I'm kicking myself I didn't take a reading at 17L or so, but the kit was designed to be a 20L kit. Should I be happy with this or should I call Brewcraft and ask them what the deal is?

After taking the reading I just pitched the yeast, s-04 in this case. About half an hour later I realised I just should have added more dry malt... d'oh!
 

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call them Frigin cheapskates
 

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Still not too late I reckon. If you have any that is...
I do.... according to brewmate I'd want to add around 330grams.. wasn't sure if I should be adding anything after pitching.. should I?
 

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I do.... according to brewmate I'd want to add around 330grams.. wasn't sure if I should be adding anything after pitching.. should I?
Hell yes man, get that stuff in there. Just dissolve it in a small amount of cold water then boil and cool before tossing it in.
All sorts of stuff can be added after pitching. Hops, sugaz, spices etc...
 

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Yes, add the extra malt now, will be fine. :icon_cheers:
 

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Hell yes man, get that stuff in there. Just dissolve it in a small amount of cold water then boil and cool before tossing it in.
All sorts of stuff can be added after pitching. Hops, sugaz, spices etc...
Will do! Thanks!!

Edit - how much water for 330g of LDME? Obviously I want to add as little water as possible.
 

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Just as much as you need to be able to bring it to boil. You're not trying to make a yeast starter, so keep the gravity high if you don't want to dilute further.
 

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Anyway I got a 15L 'Original Porter' kit. No expected gravity figures were supplied.
They should be

I topped up to 20L with water as per instructions and took a reading, and it only came up at 1.036. This is pretty low and I'm expecting to have a midstrength beer at the end of it, not a typical porter! I put the brew down after Brewcraft had closed for the day so I couldn't call them.
Make sure everything is as it should be - hydrometer works properly, etc.

I'm kicking myself I didn't take a reading at 17L or so, but the kit was designed to be a 20L kit. Should I be happy with this or should I call Brewcraft and ask them what the deal is?
Um........... ring and ask.

After taking the reading I just pitched the yeast, s-04 in this case. About half an hour later I realised I just should have added more dry malt... d'oh!
You still can - boil some up in a minimum amount of water, cover and allow to cool, then add gently in.
 

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Well, I just bottled this today and it smelled and tasted fantastic out of the fermenter. Should be a cracker. Thanks for everyone's advice.
 
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