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Old 04-07-2009, 07:01 AM   #1
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Northern brewer sent me a mistake batch of grains, I figured, I'll just brew it. I should have done a little more research first.

I received 12 lbs of Rahr Pilsner malt and 4 lbs of Bries Caramel 60L. I mashed it all. I fermented with Safale 05. It fermented for a little over a week. I kegged it and am hoping that it will turn out ok. I tasted it and it is very sweet. I didn't do an OG, ( I should have, and I will in the future). I did do a FG and it was near 1.020. What can I do, could I pitch some more yeast and bring up the temp? Or leave it set for a few weeks to see if it rounds out? I feel dumb, I should have made a style with it.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to fix it. Thanks

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:05 AM   #2
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with that much crystal, you might just be stuck with a ton of unfermentable sugars..

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:29 AM   #3
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with that much crystal, you might just be stuck with a ton of unfermentable sugars..
Agreed, thats ALOT of 60L. I guess only time will tell, however. No matter what it will be beer and a lesson learned.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:55 AM   #4
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I read sonthing about beano, will it eat unfermentable sugars?

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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It will, but I don't know if it'll help the sweetness. That's alot of crystal. You might get a lower SG, but I think the Beano would ruin the beer instead of improving it.

I guess I would liken it to adding 12 teaspoons of sugar to your coffee instead of 1. It'll be sweet no matter what you do, unless you make more coffee and mix it. You could brew up a batch of not-sweet beer and mix them.

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Buy some whipped cream and cherries for the top of that one...

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Yeah, don't even think about Bean-O. I'm amazed you got down to 1020. +1 to whipped cream.

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You could try steeping 4 oz. Black Barley and 10 oz. of chocolate malt in a quart of water and turn this into a big porter.

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save it for blending, you may even get away with just cutting it with water but than the alcohol level would drop too. Though with 12 lbs of rahr and 4 lbs of crystal, a little bit of water probably won't hurt anything. I'm assuming this was for a 5 gallon batch?

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With 4 lbs of crystal, this is probably not the problem, but I have had beers that were not fully fermented after a week. What I would do is move it to a secondary and waiting another month, take another hydrometer rating and than make the decision than whether to cut it with water or to blend it with a lighter beer.

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