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Old 04-16-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Nottingham done at 1.014 ??

I'm almost done brewing an english mild.
I overshot OG a little so I thought I would get a few more ticks of ABV out of it. Recipe gave a target OG of 1.03* and mine was 1.040.

Now this might be my problem, I didn't have any dry extract, and made a starter with corn sugar (I know bad idea) it was only overnight, and fermentation at 68F appeared normal, and fast. I have 2.5 days now - three hydro readings at 1.013-1.014
giving me about 3.4ABV

Would repitching a small amount get it down to 1.009?
Should I just not worry and drink it up? and make the next one without the starter mistake?

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Old 04-16-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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I read somewhere that doing a yeast starter in a glucose rich environment causes them to lose some of their ability to take in all the different sugars in the wort. You could try to rouse the yeast or raise the temp alittle but it might not do any good. If I was in your position I would just let it sit the primary for a few more weeks then keg it and enjoy.

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Old 04-16-2010, 04:58 PM   #3
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For dry yeasts you don't need a starter as much as you just need to rehydrate them with warm water. If it fermented out that far, then you probably have enough yeast in there. Try warming it up to around 70F and swirling the yeast back into suspension. Give it a week or two more and see what happens.

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When you say 2.5 days, is that the total time since you pitched?

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Old 04-16-2010, 11:22 PM   #5
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No, I can see how that was pretty mis-leading...

Pitched Sunday after-noon OG=1.040 68F.

Thurs 5:00am G=1.014
Thurs 9pm G=1.014
Fri Am still 1.014-013

I'm taking it out of its tub of water and letting it get back to room temp
its already AC time here - about 77 in the house. I'll see if that wakes it up at all.

and that doesn't add up to 2.5 days oops
but the three readings make me think it might be finished

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Old 04-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #6
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I thought raising the temp worked. It's now 1.012.
But after thinking about it I think I'm just measuring the temp difference. After adding .001 for the higher temp...it hasnt really changed. I wish there was a delete post option !!

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It is hard to say with extract what the attenuation will be. I would expect something under 1.010 with a 1.040 starting and notty but if it hasn't changed in a few days it is done.

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