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Old 07-26-2014, 11:28 PM   #1
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I made a pilsner and overshot my OG...ended up with 1.079. I made a yeast starter but didn't measure up much...basically a few teaspoons of extract and water and she was off.

Anyways...it has been 3 weeks at 52 degrees as my gravity is only at 1.020.

There is still airlock activity and noticeable signs of yeast activity on top...just let it set another few weeks?


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Old 07-27-2014, 03:34 AM   #2
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Yep. Let it go until it's done. I'm guessing you might have underpitched? How much yeast did you use?


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Old 07-27-2014, 03:38 AM   #3
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you could maybe give it an extra degree each day up to 55.

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1.079? PU is like a 1.054 beer. What happened?!?

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Old 07-27-2014, 12:25 PM   #5
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Since it's at 1.020, it's close to done. I'd start the diacetyl rest now, bringing it up to 65ish, and letting it finish up. Hopefully you can coax a few more gravity points out of it by doing it while the yeast is still active, as well as clean up diacetyl. You may have a ton of diacetyl from the severe underpitching, so it'd be best to do it while you still have a bit of krausen.

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Old 07-27-2014, 07:26 PM   #6
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Thanks all...my first pilsner. I had scaled the recipe using my normal efficiency and experience a big jump.


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Definitely do a D-rest now. It'll lower the gravity, and you'll otherwise have Diacetyl in your beer.

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Pulled it yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see an increase in surface activity. Thanks again all!


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+1 to pulling it out and letting it rise. That will encourage the yeast to consume a bit more sugars, as well as let them devour any diacetyl they may have produced early in the fermentation cycle. If you went from 1.079 to 1.020, you are already at 74.7% attenuation and 7.7% ABV, which is pretty good. Depending on the yeast strain you may not get a whole lot more fermentation, you may only drop another point or two. Sounds like you have an Imperial Urquell on your hands! Provided the diacetyl is absorbed and there are no hot fusel tastes, this one should be a great candidate for extended aging.

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Yeah...I was already going to lager it for at least 3 months....


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