Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > First "Higher" Gravity AG - Advice
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-14-2013, 05:56 AM   #1
Aaron1983
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Brew Setups
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 133
Liked 14 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default First "Higher" Gravity AG - Advice

I just whipped up a brown ale with an OG of 1.072. It's a 5 gallon batch and I used a single 11g package of dry Danstar Nottingham yeast. I measured my gravity after only two days and read 1.014. I am concerned that my fermentation was too quick and my yeast could have been too "stressed" and fermented a little too warm. I had some good blowoff activity on day 1, and it mellowed out to a consistent bubble at what I could only guess as 1 or 2 bubbles per second.

I have never really had issues with lower gravity beers in the past, I just have a few questions:

1. Should I have used two packages instead of one?

2. Is it normal to have a small amount of fruity flavors after two days in primary? If so, will these flavors mellow out (or go away) after a while?

3. I do not have a very reliable way of controlling my temps, I feel my ale fermented a little warm at about 74 degrees. This early into fermentation, should I keep my fermenter where it is? Or try and find a much cooler spot... my garage is about 68-70...

Thanks for the help,
Aaron

__________________
Primary#1: Celebration APA
Primary#2: Nothing
Secondary#1: Birthday Suit Bitter
Secondary#2: Nothing
Aging: Dustpan Dunkel
Coming Soon: TBD
Aaron1983 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2013, 06:27 AM   #2
dbsmith
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Seattle, Wa
Posts: 413
Liked 27 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default

1. Yes
2. Yes it is normal to smell and taste all kinds of strange flavors that soon. Some will fade, but others may stay, especially at that temperature and using just one packet.
3. Your garage would have been a much better place to ferment. It probably won't matter much now, but I would go ahead and move it (carefully).

__________________
dbsmith is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2013, 06:38 AM   #3
Aaron1983
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Brew Setups
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 133
Liked 14 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dbsmith View Post
1. Yes
2. Yes it is normal to smell and taste all kinds of strange flavors that soon. Some will fade, but others may stay, especially at that temperature and using just one packet.
3. Your garage would have been a much better place to ferment. It probably won't matter much now, but I would go ahead and move it (carefully).
Thanks! I've been learning the details of nearly every process of AG brewing as I go. I'm working on improving my crush for mashing, I think I will pair that with learning more about yeast starters and cell quantity as well.

Thanks again!
__________________
Primary#1: Celebration APA
Primary#2: Nothing
Secondary#1: Birthday Suit Bitter
Secondary#2: Nothing
Aging: Dustpan Dunkel
Coming Soon: TBD
Aaron1983 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
dbsmith
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Seattle, Wa
Posts: 413
Liked 27 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron1983 View Post
Thanks! I've been learning the details of nearly every process of AG brewing as I go. I'm working on improving my crush for mashing, I think I will pair that with learning more about yeast starters and cell quantity as well.

Thanks again!
Hope it turns out tasty. Give it lots of time!
__________________
dbsmith is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I am confused. When is "original Gravity" measured to determine mash tun efficiency? jetmac Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 11-25-2013 12:26 PM
"Oktoberfest" style ale, mash temp & yeast advice needed jwitt Recipes/Ingredients 11 11-14-2012 05:27 AM
Newbie seeking advice on water adjustment for "Robust Porter"? worldzfree Recipes/Ingredients 6 02-28-2011 06:34 PM
Check out BrewTarget creator "rocketman768" on Final Gravity Podcast culturejam Brewing Software 6 01-06-2011 02:50 AM
"High" gravity fermentation steps, fast then slow? elwray Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 04-05-2009 04:46 PM