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Old 01-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Missed my OG target

What do you do if your OG is a little short?

Since I only have a 5g BK, I scale the recipe to use some LME, and top off the fermenter with water.

All was going well. Mash wort collected, hit my target (78% efficiency). Boil off, good. This batch had 5 oz of hop pellets. I had over 5 qts of trub left in the pot. I made the mistake of topping up the fermenter with .5 gallon of extra water without thinking of the consequence.

My target OG was 1.055. I ended up at 1.048.

Say screw it and call it a "light" beer? (4.5% abv)

Or pull off 1 gallon and boil off 1/2 gallon?

Will boiling off a small portion for a half hour cause burnt flavor problems?

Next time, How do I get more wort out of the kettle with little trub? Pouring through a strainer clogs it up after about 1 quart. I add whirfloc for last 15 minutes. I whirlpool, and let it chill for 5 hours in the pot. I can't figure out this whirlpooling thing. 4 batches of whirlpooling, and no trub cone on the bottom

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Screw it! Leave it as is...lesson learned, remember it.

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Old 01-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Yep, I decided that I'd rather have an extra growler of summer time soda pop than evaporate it into the air.

Pitched the yeast. Done deal.

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