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Old 12-20-2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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I brewed a marzen today, shooting for a 2 gallon all grain batch. I had some trouble hitting my target mash tun temperature of 155. I was a little high at first so I added some cold water. Later on I went a bit too low (150) and I added a touch of hot water (total clusterf I know).

Brewers friend had a target kettle size of 3.50 gallons pre boil. I may have been a bit higher than that, but not much. After the boil I was left with about 3 gallons in the kettle. It's certainly possible that I didn't have a strong enough boil, then didn't lose enough wort in the process.

This is far from my first all grain batch, but I feel like I really messed this one up. I usually end up with a little more than I shot for, but not really a whole gallon more. I probably have 2.75 or so gallons in my fermentator right now. I'm assuming this has thrown everything off and basically ruined my beer.

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Old 12-20-2014, 10:42 PM   #2
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You could send it to me to dispose of it. On the other hand, you made beer, and possibly quite good beer. Wait until it is fermented, bottled, and matured a bit before making the decision on whether it is bad beer or not.

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Haha thanks for the chuckle. I'm just kicking myself because this is probably like the 5th or 6th batch I've done and I ALWAYS seem to mess something up.

I followed the brewers friend water requirements to a T, but it seems like a gallon and a half is a lot to boil off in 60 minutes. I probably have an extra half gallon to 3/4 than I expected. I have a 3 gallon carboy so that's not the issue, I just didn't want to lower my OG by a whole bunch. I took a hydrometer reading and it was about 1.046-1.048 (I was shooting for 1.056), but that was at 62 degrees on a 60 degree calibration, so I expect it's closer to 1.050ish? Maybe it's not a total loss.

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I should also add that I took the wort sample from the top of the fermenter, so that could be a reason it's reading lower.

Not the best brew day ever for me..

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