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Old 01-03-2014, 02:19 AM   #11
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FG has been at 1.014 for 2 days (today is day 12, day 11 from when I added the 3 lbs DME). I'm guessing I didn't get the full 9 points per pound that Yooper suggested, being that the new DME wort added about 1/2 a gallon in the fermenter. I'm thinking OG was probably around 1.065?

Added 3 ounces citra to dry hope for another week until I keg.

Tastes great. Has the color I was going for, i was wondering of the DME would have any effect on color/taste and it seems to be just what I was expecting. Really excited to get it kegged and cold! Won't necessarily be able to reproduce this again, but it should be good.

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Old 01-03-2014, 12:44 PM   #12
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First off, I'm glad this turned out for you. My question is, what would keep you from hitting your target OG? Do you check for conversion during your mash? Do you check for temp. during mash? What can be done if you are at a lower than expected gravity during your mash?
I have been doing AG for my last 8 brews and I have not experienced this problem. My OG always seems to come in higher than expected. But I'm still dialing in my efficiencies. Thanks for the input everyone.

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:08 PM   #13
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I am pretty new to All Grain myself, but here is what I think went wrong. It was cold outside (minnesota winter) so I increased my water temp by 10 degrees. However, as I was stirring in the temp was decreasing faster than I anticipated. i wanted to mash at 154, and the temp was already down to 152 so I didn't stir as much as I usually do. I was more worried about temp than stirring, but looking back, I think I would have been better off to get a more rigorous stir as opposed to closing the tun to keep the temp. Tun went inside and only lost ~1-2 degrees over a 70 minute mash.

I guess I will ask the board; What would hurt the efficiency more: a low mash temp or lack of stirring the grains?

Other than that, I followed my normal brew day procedures. I did not test for conversion. How do you test yours? With an iodine test? Or refractometer?

I've always hit my numbers in the past and never worried too much about checking it mid mash. I also try and keep the cost of the hobby to a minimum, so as long as it was hitting the numbers I didn't want to put more money into equipment that I don't necessarily "need".

Not the greatest answer, but that is what I have come up with. I am open to any other suggestions.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:52 PM   #14
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In my view, lack of stirring will be much more detrimental to your efficiency than temperature, assuming your mash temp is at least 148 or 149. My first AG batch (not too long ago), I under-stirred and missed my OG by close to 30 points. Now, I stir, and stir and stir and stir some more. I also test with iodine, mostly because I only have 4 or so AG batches under my belt and my first was troublesome.

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Old 01-11-2014, 09:57 PM   #15
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Kegged Thursday, 7 days after dry hop. Had a couple lady night and they were great. No flavor from the dme that I can tell. Great citra aroma that I love. Nicely balanced and smooth for the(estimated)6.8% abv. Thanks for the advice, this turned out great and other than the added cost of dme it is exactly what I was going for

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Old 01-15-2014, 04:06 PM   #16
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Here is a pic. Great head retention


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Glad to hear this worked out. I had the same issue a week ago. I just rolled with the lower OG and I guess I will just have to drink more of them at 5% than at 6.4% LOL.

DME trick seems like a good solution.

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Old 01-16-2014, 08:32 PM   #18
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Hey saw this on Reddit and wrote it down in my brew book. Will be trying this very soon and glad it all worked out.

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