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Old 05-12-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default First all grain batches

My first 2 all grain batches are bottled and 1 1/2 weeks into it. Everything is ok, but I expect the flavors to develop more as time goes by. One thing that concerns me is that both beers are extremely light bodied, to the point of tasting a bit watery. I used Deathbrewers stove top all grain method, and mashed for 90 minutes instead of 60 minutes. I am thinking that the extra mash time is what is leading to the thin taste. Am I on the right track, or do I need to adjust something else?

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Old 05-12-2009, 02:27 AM   #2
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:53 AM   #3
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9 lbs Belgian Pils
2 lbs 2-row

2 oz Golding

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Old 05-12-2009, 03:26 AM   #4
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Who crushed the grain. and how?? Did you achieve a proper original gravity?? 11 lbs of base grains should not be watery. Mash temp?? While length of time in the mash does dictate some things, I don't think it is the primary.

Check the crush, check your thermometer.

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Old 05-12-2009, 03:31 AM   #5
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I ran the grain through an electric mill at my LHBS. I brewed 2 days later. I hit my OG to the T, although I have slight doubts as to the accuracy of my reading. I drank 2 last night to test them, and my guess is they finished at about 5.5-6%, which is just a tad lower than I was expecting.

Also, it was in primary for 4 weeks.

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What was your final gravity?

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Old 05-13-2009, 01:45 AM   #7
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1.017, and 1.015...both are watery tasting.

The other recipe was 9 lbs of 2-row
1/2 lb Chocolate
1/2 lb 40L crystal

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Old 05-18-2009, 01:47 AM   #8
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Are these 5- or 10-gallon batches?

If 5-gallon, then there is clearly something wrong with your extraction, because 10 or 11 pounds of malt should certainly be enough for a brew with body. You said you hit your expect OG, so that's pretty strange.

Is this merely a perception thing? How's the head on the beer when you pour it?

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my amber is coming out ok. My belgian pale is still watery, and tastes soapy. (in bottle 2 weeks now). Luckily my yield was small, so I only have a case or so to drink. And it is hiiiiiigh octane. 3 of em tonight got me goin' quick.

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