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Old 10-14-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Blackened IPA didn't hit proj ABV

2 weeks ago I brewed a Rogue Blackened Brutal Bitter which has a projected APV af 6.5%. I had 5.5ish gallons in primary fermenter. After the the brew just before pitching yeast the gravity was around 1.058 (projected was supposed to be 1.066-8). It fermented in my wine cooler at an average of 67degree with safeale 5. When I checked the gravity yesterday it was only 1.024. I'm wondering if it stalled somewhere along the way? anyway, I went ahead and sent to secondary as I would like to get brewing my next batch. Is there anyway to kickstart the fermentation again or am i stuck with a low gravity black ipa (4.45%)?

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Old 10-14-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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I think it may've needed more time in primary. Did you take one test,or more? 1 test wouldn't tell the whole story. It'll be harder to get it to finish off the yeast cake.
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1. like mentioned above, you have to take hydrometer readings for 3 days in a row to ensure that fermentation is complete

2. two weeks doesn't sound like enough time to complete a 6.5% beer at 67 degrees. probably needs 4 weeks in the primary.

3. did the beer still look cloudy with yeast. i bet it did.

4. let it finish fermenting in secondary before dry hopping. check with hydrometer.

5. let the beer get REALLY clear before you add any dry hops. you should probably wait a week after fermentation is complete before adding dry hops.

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Old 10-15-2011, 04:30 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help. Last question for now is do I add new yeast?

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If it was still cloudy going into secondary,you might be able to rouse the yeast by gently swirling it,& raising the temp a little.
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It was not cloudy at all. What should I do now?

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You might just have to add some more of the yeast you used the 1st time around to get it to finish.
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Was this ag or extract. Need to see the formula for the batch not enough info yet.

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This was an extract recipe from more beer. Instructions said to ferment 10-15 days at ideal temp of 68deg. Do I need more yeast? If so, a whole safeale5 package or just some of it? Thanks for your help!

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You don't need to add more yeast. There should be plenty. What kind of temperature range are you getting with your wine cooler?

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