Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > First all grain BIAB - Low OG - should I add DME?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-02-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
beamar
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 24
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default First all grain BIAB - Low OG - should I add DME?

So we did our first All Grain today in our new keggle. Brewed two different beers that had a target of 1.065. Both of them only went to 1.045.

Should I just leave it be or add like a pound of DME to each 5 gallon bucket?


Thanks,
Brian

__________________
beamar is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2013, 08:43 AM   #2
C-Rider
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
C-Rider's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Wai, Hawaii
Posts: 2,519
Liked 124 Times on 107 Posts
Likes Given: 283

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beamar View Post
So we did our first All Grain today in our new keggle. Brewed two different beers that had a target of 1.065. Both of them only went to 1.045.

Should I just leave it be or add like a pound of DME to each 5 gallon bucket?


Thanks,
Brian
wouldn't hurt
__________________

Kaiser Ridge Brewing
-------------------------
Bottled in the refer: Maui Wowie(RobustCoffeePorter)
Bottled in the refer: Malahine Ale (Am Pale)
Bottled in the refer: OldGlory (Am Stout)
Bottled in the refer: GermanImperialStout
Bottled in the refer: German IPA
Bottled in the refer: Düsseldorf Altbier

C-Rider is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
WoodlandBrew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WoodlandBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Malden, MA
Posts: 1,765
Liked 123 Times on 120 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

I keep DME on hand for just that reason.

Here are some other options:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/201...l-gravity.html

__________________

The 2nd edition is now available: Brewing Engineering
Woodland Brewing Research Blog Applied Science for Better Beer.

WoodlandBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #4
beamar
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 24
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Do you just add DME strait to the pal or do you boil and add?

__________________
beamar is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #5
snowveil
that guy
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
snowveil's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Lebanon, PA
Posts: 545
Liked 31 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beamar View Post
Do you just add DME strait to the pal or do you boil and add?
You'll need to boil it and add it to sanitize it. If you've already pitched your yeast it wouldn't be a bad idea to chill it down prior to adding it. Keep in mind, boiling DME at such a high concentration will intensify the maillard reaction during the boil and could contribute some caramel flavors. Dependent on the style you made, this could be fine or even desired (stout, porter, amber ale, dubbel, etc), but if you're making a very pale beer such as a blonde, it could create some flavor that you wouldn't have otherwise been looking for in the original recipe.

For future use, take gravity readings before you start your boil. It's good practice to do this every brew day to get a feel for your boiloff rate and what to anticipate your gravity change will be. In my case, I can usually expect about a 10 point increase from preboil to post-boil, so if I'm coming up low I will either a) boil longer if I've got enough wort, or b) toss in some DME to make up for the difference. I'm sure Beersmith (as well as other software, likely) has calculators to figure all of this out for you but I haven't used them personally.
__________________
snowveil is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-02-2013, 09:07 PM   #6
WoodlandBrew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WoodlandBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Malden, MA
Posts: 1,765
Liked 123 Times on 120 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beamar View Post
Do you just add DME strait to the pal or do you boil and add?
Boiling it might be safer, but I would just add it dry.
It takes both sugar and water for bacteriological growth and DME only has one of the two. DME is also extremely hydroscopic, so if there is any significant amount of water it would be sticky. Because of the way DME is made the changes of contamination are extremely low if it is still in the manufactures packaging.
__________________

The 2nd edition is now available: Brewing Engineering
Woodland Brewing Research Blog Applied Science for Better Beer.

WoodlandBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crazy effiency turned BIAB Partial Mash into BIAB All-grain! QuercusMax BIAB Brewing 6 03-12-2013 12:20 PM
First all grain biab ThePonchoKid Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 08-03-2012 01:02 PM
BIAB grain bag Hojo3322 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 16 05-24-2012 07:33 AM
First All Grain (BIAB) danpemby All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 03-12-2012 07:09 PM
First BIAB all grain! Supergus All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 06-11-2011 08:06 PM