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Old 03-28-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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So I new it would be low OG....As I What I could do with my extra runnings of my first batch.

I want to beef it up real quick before pitching yeast. So the question is what can I use. It's at 5.5 Gallons and 1.026ish.

I have Honey, table sugar, priming sugar, 1lb of DME.

I'd like to get it to 1.040 if possible.

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Also I'm assuming I have to boil each of the items either way right?

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It's also a little on high side so could be like 6 gallons so I could boil it down some too I guess wasn't sure if I could re-boil or not.....

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i would add a little but over 2# of honey which will bump you to about 1.040. What was the recipe? You could add the DME also if you had enough steeping grains and go for sort of a braggot.

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It's also a little on high side so could be like 6 gallons so I could boil it down some too I guess wasn't sure if I could re-boil or not.....
you can boil it down further to increase the gravity but even if you boil vigorously for the next hour assuming its at 6 gallons, you should onluy hit 1.032ish acording to beersmith. I would go for something different and try your luck- i mean what do you really have to lose. Or do an english mild type beer
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It really depends on the recipe. Sometimes lengthening a boil is a great idea, but if you've already added flavor and/or finishing hops, lenthening the boil also increases the bittering while decreasing the flavor and aroma. It's not a problem at all in a beer like a stout, but could be a very big issue in a pale ale. I like to boil my runnings to what I need for my preboil volume (generally 6.25 gallons) and then start my timer for the 60 minute hops additions.

Adding more fermentables may be a good idea to bring up your OG. The only thing I'd consider adding to a 1.040 beer would be malt extract, though. One pound would give you about 9 points. You don't have to boil it, beyond just dissolving it. You could pull out some of the wort you already have and add your extract and bring it to a boil in a second pot, just to dissolve the extract. Then cool and add to the fermenter.

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Yooper where's my fav avatar?

I need Beer Smith or something.....

It was runnings from an IPA beer.... So It was a experiment to begin with but I did waste a lot time in sparge and boil so I'd like to try to use it.

It was bittered with all hop bags from first boil, then at boil I added 1 oz warrior, then for flavor at 15 minutes I added 1oz cascade, then for aroma I added 1 oz cascade at 5 minute mark........

It's at 1.26ish right now @ 6 gallons or just under.
So if I my 1lb of DME get's me 9 points then I'm at 1.34ish (question do I add it directly it wort and stir to disolve as I hate to add more water)

Then I add 5oz of priming sugar...where would I be at?

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that should bump you another ~1.5 points.....5 oz isnt much

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So that would put me at 1.36ish or 1.37ish.....

I need 3 more points.........

How about some honey........ say 8oz

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it will ferment completly out with little or no flavor contribution. You may end up with a thin beer since your bumping up the gravity without any unfermentables.....just be aware. What was the recipe you used?

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I was trying something. I had lot of of left overs once I had gotten my IPA pre-boil target. So I decided to give it a shot.

So I ran out about 2.5 gallons and decided to batch sparge once more and got 7 gallons.

So I then used the hop bags from IPA boil and added them to mix.

Once it started to boil I removed the hop bags.......(didn't think they'd get me much)
I bittered with 1 oz warrior @ 60min
I flavored with 1 oz cascade @ 15min
I aroma with 1 oz cascade @ 5 min

Figured it would be a light light IPA or really a good lawn mowing beer...

I can't recall the grains off hand but it was 13.5 lbs of extra pale stuff.

I new the OG would be low and it was just a little too low so now I'm thinking what can I do to kick it up a bit..........

Just a hugh experiment with all my left over stuff including a dry packet of ale yeast.

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