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Old 03-10-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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I put a thread a while back asking how to brew a light beer similar to Coors light for my brother-in-law and most if not every single BMC hater let me have it....

Well I took my coors light drinking brother-in-law to my LHBS and we picked out a kit well sort of made it on recommendations from shop...It's called Southern Light Pilsner....Wow....I drank coors light, well i drank alot of beers that where cheap will in the Corps...This was the best damn light beer I have ever had....and I'm only drinking the sample for an SG reading. I can't wait to get it carbed. I hope to bottle this weekend.

I do have some questions:

It is currently only 10 days in primary & @ 1.011, so if I don't get a chance to bottle this weekend (assuming the SG hold strong at same reading from now till then) will it be okay to let her sit in primary another week or so?

It's so clear I don't plan on using secondary. It will be my first non-secondary beer if that holds. How low should it go?
(Brewed Feb 28th with OG of 1.048)

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Leaving in the primary until you get a chance to bottle is fine. I don't know what you mean about how low can it go. The SG will drop until it's done. It's probably done now. Maybe not. It might drop a bit more. But if it's the same in 3 days, then it's done.

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Leaving in the primary until you get a chance to bottle is fine. I don't know what you mean about how low can it go. The SG will drop until it's done. It's probably done now. Maybe not. It might drop a bit more. But if it's the same in 3 days, then it's done.
Sorry I meant, wine and stuff goes below 1 but never really heard of beer doing that. 1.011 is as low as I have had yet and it has been a quick fermentation.
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I'll be the first to say it.... Oh My God Coors Light sucks! Just kidding!
You should be fine to leave it. I would imagine it's done attenuating. What yeast did you use? Glad it tastes good.

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Sorry I meant, wine and stuff goes below 1 but never really heard of beer doing that. 1.011 is as low as I have had yet and it has been a quick fermentation.
I had a beer get to 1.007 once. But I mashed at a really low temperature, and used a highly attenuative yeast. If you use very fermentable ingredients (like corn sugar) and extract, you could probably get to 1.007-1.008. With most all-malt beers, you'd be in the 1.010-1.014 range.
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I'll be the first to say it.... Oh My God Coors Light sucks! Just kidding!
You should be fine to leave it. I would imagine it's done attenuating. What yeast did you use? Glad it tastes good.
Nottingham dry...I did my first batch with WL Liquid Irish and it was okay but costy....I did my second with Nottings and I haven't turned back that stuff works great and fast.

I think on my big beers I might switch it up a bit not sure but I found this brand of dry works for me with out a starter and right now I like it.
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Sorry I meant, wine and stuff goes below 1 but never really heard of beer doing that. 1.011 is as low as I have had yet and it has been a quick fermentation.
It probably went relatively low in gravity because there aren't as many long chain saccharides (starches) due to the fact that is a relatively light beer.
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I had a beer get to 1.007 once. But I mashed at a really low temperature, and used a highly attenuative yeast. If you use very fermentable ingredients (like corn sugar) and extract, you could probably get to 1.007-1.008. With most all-malt beers, you'd be in the 1.010-1.014 range.
It's Hopped Extra Light DME & lots of Dried Rice Syrup. I'm assuming that is why so fast.
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It's Hopped Extra Light DME & lots of Dried Rice Syrup. I'm assuming that is why so fast.
Yeah, with the rice syrup, you could drop a few more points. You could be finished, or you could go a few more points.
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I'm still in awe of this beer which I was only making for my bro-in-law....is it wrong to take a SG sample again on same day just to drink another sample?

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