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Old 02-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #11
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Okay, so yesterday I racked this to secondary to free up my primary for a brown ale. I took an SG, which turned out to be 1.019. Target SG is 1.012. The taste is good, with no noticeable off flavors. Why would the SG be off that much? OG was 1.054 vs. expected 1.046. I'm hoping it finishes a little closer to expected FG during secondary.

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Old 02-15-2013, 06:50 PM   #12
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Okay, so yesterday I racked this to secondary to free up my primary for a brown ale. I took an SG, which turned out to be 1.019. Target SG is 1.012. The taste is good, with no noticeable off flavors. Why would the SG be off that much? OG was 1.054 vs. expected 1.046. I'm hoping it finishes a little closer to expected FG during secondary.
when's the last time you took gravity? You should really leave it on the yeast until you get stable readings over a few days. What made you think it was time or that it should be "done" right now? The last few points can take some time. At this point, moving it to secondary reduced the available yeast, so you might want to raise the temp a few degrees and pray to the yeast gods. Ideally it would have been better off to finish in primary first.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:50 PM   #13
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higher OG can result in higher FG dep on the attenuation range of the strain

mash temp etc could be a factor as well

try keeping it in the mid 60s for a few more days to see if it goes down any more before lowering to lagering/lower temps

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #14
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Took gravity sample 2 days ago when racking to secondary. It had been in primary for 17 days, including 4 days d-rest at 58-60F. Sounds like I should have just left it in the primary at that temp for a few more days, and taken gravity reading before deciding to rack it. There was little or no activity from the airlock that I could tell. I wanted to make the primary available for an ale, but I know now I should have waited. Warming it up now (as you suggested), to see if it will finish lower.

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:17 PM   #15
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What can be done with a beer that has been bottled but tastes too sweet because it didn't fully ferment do to under pitched yeast? Are the remaining sugars still fermentable?

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That's the way I brew my Kolsch,,, low 60's for a week, a Diacetyl rest for 2 days and then lager...

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Well this Pilsner ended up with an FG pf 1.018 and has a taste that is too sweet. It was only my 2nd batch and I didn't know what to do at the time, so I bottled it and hoped it would improve with bottle conditioning. After 3 weeks bottle conditioning at 60 - 70F, and 1 week in the fridge there is not much improvement. I'm wondering if a few more weeks cold conditioning will help it, or am I just wasting time and fridge space?

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:57 PM   #18
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There is some hope for this Pilsner. The last bottle sampled tasted not sweet, but yeasty. So I'll let it chill for a month and try it again. I guess it does pay to be patient.

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DPBISME, I've been wanting to try brewing a Kolsch if I could find a good AG recipe. Except for descriptions I've read, I really don't know what Kolsch is like, but a lot of people seem to like it. Fermentation temps in the low 60's, would be fairly easy for me to maintain right now.
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