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Old 04-08-2009, 12:56 AM   #21
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This sounds like my first AG batch that I did on sunday. My OG was really low too and now I think I didn't stir it enough after I added my sparge water. I will probably brew this weekend and try to fix some of my mistakes.

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Old 04-08-2009, 02:13 AM   #22
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Okay, I brewed a do-over batch of this today...My OG is now 1.054! Woo!...
If at first you don't succeed....

If you can get your hands on a paint stirring bit for a drill, that makes stirring easier.

I always also reach in and give everything a good stir about 15 minutes into the rest. Just kind of redistributes heat and insures any latent dough balls are broken up.

Nice job with giving it another go.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:36 AM   #23
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I had about the same results on Saturday with the same mistakes. I was shooting for 1.058 and got 1.035. The LHBS crushed it for me while I waited, next time I'll ask them to run it twice....and give me the proper grains. (i got flaked oats, not wheat)

I won't get a chance give it another go for a couple weeks but I'll have to keep all of these things in mind next go around.

Thats great you get to try it out before you from a ton of $$$ on AG equipment.

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Old 04-13-2009, 12:51 PM   #24
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This sounds like my first AG batch that I did on sunday. My OG was really low too and now I think I didn't stir it enough after I added my sparge water. I will probably brew this weekend and try to fix some of my mistakes.
Well I did brew again this past sunday and this time I did a 2 batch sparge and stirred the crap out of it when i doughed in and when sparging. I was shooting for 1.046 and hit 1.042 and by my calculations that puts me around 65% which is great compared to my last batch

I have a couple questions on sparging. When I add my sparge water should I be letting it sit for a certain amount of time? I understand that I will need the grain to settle again but is there any harm in letting it sit too long? I was shooting for around 5 minutes or a little more. Should I go for 10 minutes?

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...When I add my sparge water should I be letting it sit for a certain amount of time?...

When I batched, I'd wait 10-15 minutes...FWIW.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #26
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I'd suggest stirring during the mash a few times, and also taking your time while sparging. I like to have the sparge take at least an hour. I fly sparge and try to keep it to a trickle-not a stream-for at least the initial stages of the sparge. Once the wort is running fairly clear-I open it up a bit.

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Old 04-13-2009, 07:45 PM   #27
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Alright I did take my time more this past batch so next time I will wait a little longer. I also think I am going to invest in one of those attachments for a drill that will mix the snot out of it...

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Did you top up your primary with pre-boiled or distilled water? You may have lowered your gravity if you added too much water! In combination with what everyone else said…

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Did you top up your primary with pre-boiled or distilled water? You may have lowered your gravity if you added too much water! In combination with what everyone else said…
4 years later I hope he fixed his problem!!
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Oh wow, didn't even notice how how old this was haha

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