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Old 05-22-2008, 10:33 PM   #11
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my stating OG was 1.038
finished was 1.047

sounds like you pitched a sack of sugar instead of your yeast packet.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:36 PM   #12
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CRAP... that's probably a nice way to say "I suck" . O.K. then, well i guess i'll get my head out, and try this again. Any additional tips are greatly appreciated . Thanks. jeff

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:06 PM   #13
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Naw... it's just your gravity readings are odd... FG should be alot smaller than your OG... according to the numbers you typed, your gravity increased during the fermintation process... not decreased by the yeast.

Thats all... definately try again... the second time will be easier than the first, and so it goes.... you'll get it in no time!! The first time is always a little rocky.

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:15 PM   #14
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My bad...I am so backwards. I just caught the error. Total tool move on my end. I am looking at my brew log now, and i have to ask, should I adjust my boil time or try to add more grain/different grain to the recipie. Jeff

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:35 PM   #15
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are you sure your reading your gravity numbers correct? you need to take the readings at a specific temp of where your hydrometer is calibrated to. usually its 60 or 65 degrees. If its different you will get different numberd results. You will get it. I started all grain a short whiule ago and one you get it it is much better!

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also how much sparge water did you use and how much did you end up with preboil volume wise?

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hey man... I don't really know how much sparge water I used, I just thought that I needed to run it through until the wort was at a 5 gallon volume level. should I use more, less? I never even thought about this. JEff

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:52 PM   #18
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I think i am in way over my head!!!
Don't get discouraged...all grain can be as complex as you want it to be, but it can also be simple. Once you get a good handle on the basics, you'll really enjoy the amount of control it gives you. Hang in there!
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lemon,

Thanks man...i feel like tool, but i love to brew.

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I'd use 8.5 - 9 lbs Maris Otter as a base rather than 7 lbs generic 2 row. That should bump the OG into ESB territory and improve the mouth feel.
I'd also replace the 1/2 lb wheat with 1/2 lb Maris Otter (but if you like the wheat, don't do that).
I don't know what color crystal you were using, but I use 1/2 lb Muntons dark crystal (150L) which gives a good color without making it excessively sweet. With the 150L crystal, you won't need the black patent.
Of course, if you cut the crystal back by 1/2 lb, you want to add another 1/2 lb Maris Otter.
That should leave you with 9.5 - 10 lbs Maris Otter, and 1/2 lb crystal 150.
With the added grains, you may want to increase the hops a bit. I like 2 oz EKG at 60 minutes, 1 oz at 20 minutes, and 1 oz at flame out. You may not want quite as much.
If you are going to use Willamette and EKG, keep the EKG for the end of the boil.

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If you are making a 5g batch, you will need to collect about 6.5g from the sparge, which should allow you to collect 5g after the boil.

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