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Old 05-01-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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so, saturday before last i brewed a beer and had a bunch of friends hang at various stages... and ended up gettin too drunk. lol
i realized the next day i neglected to check OG, aearate or chill the beer AT ALL.
i figured wth just let it ferment and see what happens.
yeast was one vial liquid belgian ale yeast with no starter and i just transferred it to secondary today and added dry hops.
final gravity was 1003!
based on my usual efficiency and amount of grains used i assume i started at 1068ish
how the the heck can i have done everything wrong (especially not chilling the wort AT ALL or even waiting) and it still fermented like holy hell?
beer smells great and tastes pretty damn good too. i didnt pick up any off flavors

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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What do you mean "didn't chill AT ALL"?
The yeast would be dead if you pitched into just boiled wort.
Since you got a good ferment, I assume you pitched just fine, and all is well. Wouldn't be the first time some mistakes turned out OK.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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i realized the next day i neglected to check OG, aearate or chill the beer AT ALL.
Did you just pass out? I've gotten pretty loaded before while brewing, but never just left everything sitting out at the end of the day. Did you wake up to a pot full of wort still on the burner? I assume you turned off the burner.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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1.068 to 1.003 is likely an inadvertent mixed culture fermentation.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
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I can't even imagine getting that drunk while brewing that I forgot to chill the beer after the boil! Unless you were doing extract with partial boil and adding cold top off water there is no way the yeast could survive that.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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1.068 to 1.003 is likely an inadvertent mixed culture fermentation.
explain further please. havent read about this yet
by not chilling it i mean i never put in my wort chiller and passed cold water through it. i always transfer from my boil kettle into a bucket to ferment and pass it through a strainer witch takes a few minutes.
i didnt pitch yeast literally onto boiling wort, but im certain it was not chilled enough
i had everything cleaned up and put away and then a buddy and i had some whixkey drinks together. after eating i just went straight to sleep.
got up early the next deal and lookd at the fermenting bucket hangin out in my living room and realized what i'd forgotten to do.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:50 PM   #7
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does the "mixed culture fermentation" mean its trashed?
how can i tell for sure?

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Old 05-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #8
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Well your efficiency could actually have been MUCH lower due to drunken mistakes. Thus a lower OG = a lower FG.

What yeast was it?

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i had actually wanted to get the saison 2 or the other brand 3711, but my lhbs didnt have them in stock

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Ehh that yeast has an average attenuation of 75%

So 75% of 1.012 = 1.003

I doubt your SG was THAT bad. I would agree that you probably have some sort of other bug eating sugar in the fermenter.

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