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Old 12-15-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Brewing with a friend - never again!

My last bunch of batches I have been right on top of everything going on. Temps perfect, timing exact, I'm a robot!!!!

Saturday a friend of mine was over and I was brewing a mini mash and all was going well until . . . . . I had a brain cramp and after my mash I rushed the grain rinsing part of the equation.

When all was done I took a gravity reading and I was TEN too low. WTF? This never happens!!! grrrrrrrr!

So - my question is . . was it the rush job on grain rinsing after the mini mash that caused the drop? I can not think on anything else. The mash water was 153 and constant for 45 minutes.

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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Did you enjoy any homebrew with your brew buddy while brewing?

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:39 PM   #3
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Did you enjoy any homebrew with your brew buddy while brewing?
Surely you aren't suggesting that a good time effect efficiency!! How does that work into the calculators?
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That seems to pretty much cover it. Maybe having someone else in the equation threw your routine out of whack a little. Next time you brew and have a friend over, remember what you did this time and learn from it, don't blame your friend. Besides, tossing back a couple of chilly ones with a buddy while brewing is way better than tossing them back by yourself.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:49 PM   #5
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Surely you aren't suggesting that a good time effect efficiency!! How does that work into the calculators?
LOL. There is a direct relation to the quality of beer based on quantity consumed during the process as well as where in the process it is consumed.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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How big was your mini mash that you are ten points lower than expected from it?

Did you do a full boil or partial? If partial, are you sure you stirred you wort well before taking the sample?

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How big was your mini mash that you are ten points lower than expected from it?

Did you do a full boil or partial? If partial, are you sure you stirred you wort well before taking the sample?
Only 3.7lb of grain.

Partial boil this time - I did not have enough ice for a full boil - I do two, half boils at the same time normally.

I aerated with like normal and I am wondering if that was still the problem as I can not see being THAT far off . . . . . .wait a minute . . . . . . .

. . . . . check this out! This was a AHS Kit for Hammer & Nail Brown. I like to do a kit and then tweak it once I get t5he base flavor.

The recipe is this
.5lb Crystal 60L
.25lb Chocolate Malt
.5 Special Roast
1.75 Pale Malt

4lb Extra Pale LME

put those into Beersmith and it does not come out 1.048 does it??
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put those into Beersmith and it does not come out 1.048 does it??
Nope, when I did it, it came out with 1.044. If I remove the LME, it comes up with 1.016 which means that is the max gravity you could get from the grains, and 1.028 comes for the LME. If you were ten points low, that would mean you got 1.034 as your OG?
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I prefer to brew alone. Having friends over only distracts me, and they mostly just drink my beer and smoke my cigars while keeping me from minding my brewing tasks. It would be different if they were brewers themselves, maybe.

Plus, I normally don't drink while brewing until I get to the post-boil chilling stage, by which time all the critical tasks are done. But if I have friends over, I tend to start drinking right away, and as Ed Wort said, I have found that there is indeed a direct relation to the quality of beer produced based on the quantity of beer consumed during the process.

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If you were ten points low, that would mean you got 1.034 as your OG?
Recipe from AHS says I SHOULD be at 1.048 - I actually was at 1.040. (ok ok I was only 8 low).
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