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maggator 01-08-2013 01:02 PM

Adding DME after 10 days to boost gravity
 
I brewed a BIAB 2.5 gallon mild last Sunday. I forgot to take out my tun deadspace in brewsmith and ended missing my gravity by 6 points. I had no DME to boost the gravity so I pitched the yeast. I picked up some DME last night at my local shop

Will adding some DME this late in the game work? Fermentation is just about complete.

COLObrewer 01-08-2013 05:03 PM

It should work, will just extend/restart your fermentation phase.

TopherM 01-08-2013 05:14 PM

In the future, take a temp-adjusted OG reading post boil. If you are significantly off of expected OG, just boil a little bit longer. That's a much better way to keep your recipe balance intact.

gatest 01-08-2013 05:43 PM

Hey maggator. Adding DME will initiate an additional primary fermentation phase and bring your gravity closer to what you are looking for. Think of it as almost using a sugar adjunct. There are a few things you will need to take into account though. By adding more malt you will be shifting your malt to bitterness ratio in a manner which will be difficult to calculate due to adding additional wort which has not had any of the hop oils. Also because you are re initiating active fermentation you will need to allow it additional time to run its course.

maggator 01-08-2013 06:20 PM

Thanks everyone. Should I bitter the addition with a clean bittering hop that will closely match my intended IBUs?

I thought able adding dextrose but I don't want to dry out a mild.

It's only going to be 1/2 # of DME.

dcp27 01-08-2013 07:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maggator (Post 4761612)
Thanks everyone. Should I bitter the addition with a clean bittering hop that will closely match my intended IBUs?

no, you'd be making it worse. if you under-shot your OG, in theory you had more hop utilization and thus higher IBUs to begin with.

maggator 01-08-2013 07:32 PM

What's an appropriate amount of water to dilute the DME in? I'm going to use .55 pounds.

EineProsit 01-08-2013 10:17 PM

.55 lbs is not woorth the risk of oxidation am I wrong?

duboman 01-08-2013 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EineProsit
.55 lbs is not woorth the risk of oxidation am I wrong?

Since the beer is still fermenting oxidation is not an issue

You only want to use enough water to dissolve the DME


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