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Old 01-28-2014, 12:39 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I just put a clone of blue moon into secondary and the alcohol content was very high. Like 12% instead of 5.5%. The recipe called for candy sugar and we used corn sugar. We also added extra orange peels. Do u think we messed up the hydrometer readings or is this possible?

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Old 01-28-2014, 12:50 AM   #2
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What was your recipe and what steps did you take?

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Old 01-28-2014, 12:58 AM   #3
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What was your OG and last check for gravity. I'm not sure of the sugar conversions but if you used powdered corn sugar like you use for priming instead of granulated candy sugar... You may have put way too much in..

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:14 AM   #4
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It was a powdered sugar and I put in half of a lb...I dissolved it in water on the stove and added spices before adding it to the last 2 minutes of the boil. I also used white labs 400 Belgian wit yeast. For the yeast I just dumped the bottle into the primary fermenter

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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My OG started at 1.1 and ended at 1.01

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:16 AM   #6
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Sounds like a win win to me.. 12% wahoo!!!

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:19 AM   #7
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My OG started at 1.1 and ended at 1.01
That's just not possible. the FG of 1.010 is possible, but the OG of 1.100 is not. Unless you added a ridiculous amount of sugar, that is!

There must be an error in measurement. If you tell us your recipe, we can calculate the actual amount of sugars in there, and give you a good guestimate as to the actual OG.
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What was your full recipe?

At an OG of 1.1 there is no way you would have an ABV of 5.5%, and the half pound of sugar wouldn't cause that large of a disparity; maybe if the recipe called for 6 oz of candi sugar and you added 6 lbs of corn sugar instead.

Edit: i'm guessing a partial boil extract recipe and they took their OG when the wort wasn't fully mixed with the water which could give a higher OG than it really was.

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I actually don't think it should be that big of a difference in gravity. Corn sugar only adds a few extra gravity points than candy sugar by weight, all other things being equal. I'd guess the hydrometer reading was off, but if you post up the full recipe then we can be sure.

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It calls for .5 lb candi sugar and that's how much corn sugar I added. Must have messed up the original gravity. The recipe says it is supposed to be 5.6% and other than the differing sugars I followed the recipe. 4.7 lbs of liquid malt extract

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