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Old 07-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default First all grain batch - disaster or so so?

Finished my first all grain batch a few minutes ago.. Problem is I ended up with slightly more wort than anticipated.. Probably somewhere closer to 5.75-6 gallons rather than 5 gallons. What can I expect from this batch? Am I to worry that I collected to much wort? No sight glass on the kettle yet, so was eye balling the 5 gallons till i was able to measure it in my carboy.

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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What where your gravity readings? As long as your close to the expected gravity readings the only thing you have to worry about is the ibu's being slightly off and if you have enough bottles for the extra gallon.

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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What where your gravity readings? As long as your close to the expected gravity readings the only thing you have to worry about is the ibu's being slightly off and if you have enough bottles for the extra gallon.
well post boil gravity readings came in around 1.043... Its a shelter pale ale clone. the anticipated OG is 1.058..

When I measured pre boil, after mash i came in around 1.024 @ 144 degrees.

Still new to all this so not sure where this leaves me..
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Well it will still be beer just a little thinner and a little less abv then anticipated.

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well post boil gravity readings came in around 1.043... Its a shelter pale ale clone. the anticipated OG is 1.058..

When I measured pre boil, after mash i came in around 1.024 @ 144 degrees.

Still new to all this so not sure where this leaves me..
Next time, cool the preboil sample to under 90 degrees, and then take the reading and then do the temperature correction. A sample over 100 degrees is worthless, even with the temperature correction tables- they just aren't accurate over 90+ degrees.

Anyway, you'll have less ABV and a bit less hoppiness, and a bit thinner beer. But no worries- it'll still be good!
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Good to know. I'm guessing there isn't much to do about the abv. Would tossing a few simcoe hops in the fermenter bring things around? Or best to leave it be??

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If it were me and it has been, I leave it alone. Unless you are tying to enter this into a competition, leave it, drink it and move on

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Is this more to blame do to the fact i collected to much wort or is something else in my process needing work?

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Is this more to blame do to the fact i collected to much wort or is something else in my process needing work?
You collected too much wort and you may have not gotten a great crush so your efficiency is down and your gravity is off but it will still be beer just not quite the beer you might have expected.

AG brewing has a lot going on and a lot of factors go into it. As you brew you will learn more and refine the process and things get better, much better

Keep reading these forums and get some books, How to Brew and Brewing better Beer are two I recommend, packed full of everything you need to know about AG brewing!
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Next time, cool the preboil sample to under 90 degrees, and then take the reading and then do the temperature correction. A sample over 100 degrees is worthless, even with the temperature correction tables- they just aren't accurate over 90+ degrees.

Anyway, you'll have less ABV and a bit less hoppiness, and a bit thinner beer. But no worries- it'll still be good!
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What about during a fly sparge? To measure when to stop when runnings hit 1.010. Should I have a small bucket of ice water to cool my wort in my sample?
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