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Old 07-16-2012, 05:08 AM   #1
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Default My IPA only got 60% attenuation

After a week of fermentation at a consistent 70 degrees (surrounded by water) I only got 60% attenuation using WLP001. My gravity is 1.029 and should be around 1.015ish. My OG was 1.073. I pitched a liter starter, but while I was brewing on a hot day my starter got up to about 85-90 degrees before I pitched it into my 72 degree wort. Could that be a problem or should I just try heating up my fermenter to 75 or so? Any suggestions?

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Old 07-16-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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How long has it been at .029? Is that for a few days now? What was your mash temps?

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Give it another week. How do you know what the FG should be, did you do the fast ferment test? Maybe you had too much crystal in there? Without a recipe, its difficult to give advice.

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How long has it been at .029? Is that for a few days now? What was your mash temps?
It was first measurement, but it has been inactive for about 4 days.
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Give it another week. How do you know what the FG should be, did you do the fast ferment test? Maybe you had too much crystal in there? Without a recipe, its difficult to give advice.
Because I have brewed this recipe before. Grain bill is :
12 lbs pale
1lb crystal 40
1lb crystal 15
1lb Munich
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:26 AM   #6
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It was first measurement, but it has been inactive for about 4 days.
I mashed at 160 for a sweeter finish like Lagunitas.
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2# of crystal and 160 mash temp, i really cant see it getting much lower than that. That would leave alot of unfermentables in the wort.

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Agree with Billybrewer09. 160 is really high. I typically mash at higher temperatures myself, but I find 156 gives me the unfermentables I need to help balance out a lot of hops, and give the beer a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Old 07-16-2012, 03:23 PM   #9
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Considering he's brewed this recipe before, I'm sure he can see it getting lower than 1.029. 1.029 is a very high FG for WLP001. The amount of crystal isn't that high and it was AG, so I would definitely think this is a 1.015 FG beer.

The starter temp could have affected yeast health. Also, a 1 liter starter doesn't sound like much for a 1.073 beer.

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