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Old 03-06-2010, 02:23 PM   #71
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Newbie here..First post. I just put this into the primary today. My OG was slightly off, 1.070 and I'm trying to figure out why. Two questions: 1) When I measured the OG, this was with a total of 6 gals in the fermenter. I take it this would have an effect (vs. 5 gal) but would that fully explain why I'm off from the expected OG of 1.082? 2) I strained the wort before putting into the primary. A wort thats strained vs. not-strained should have a difference in OG no? Is that also a factor then in why my OG is low? Thanks



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Old 03-06-2010, 02:55 PM   #72
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5 gallons of 1.082 wort diluted with a gallon of water is 1.068, and straining makes no difference in OG. I'm assuming this was supposed to be a 5 gallon batch.



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Old 03-06-2010, 04:07 PM   #73
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Thank for the quick response. Due to the amount of hops, it starts out with 6 (3 before boiling + 3 in primary) but I believe the recipe expects a little over 5 once it gets into the primary. I think I over compensated a bit by putting back up to 6 in the primary, but would mean not as much alcohol (bad). But other than that I should be ok no?

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Old 09-08-2010, 12:08 PM   #74
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I plan to brew this up this weekend and after reading this thread I'd like to point out a few things. The reason the op ended up with a starting gravity of 1.119 is because he only ended up with what looks like about 4 gallons of wort. This recipe clearly points out that it is intended to yield 6 gallons if wort. I would like to know of the op used a starter, because I plan to make a 1250 ml starter with a gravity of 1.091 and use two packs of WYeast American Ale II. Personally I prefer this over the 1056. So the others of you out there who brewed this with little success appear to have fermented it to high and did not have enough yeast cells to finish of the carbonation in the bottles. I'll repost to this thread in November and tell you my results. Cheers

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Old 09-08-2010, 02:30 PM   #75
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I too had carbing issues with mine. It's been sitting happily for several months in the basement, I'll give it some more time and then consider opening it up and tossing a little bit of dry yeast in each bottle.

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Old 09-08-2010, 03:06 PM   #76
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Jbyer: what was the set up for your starter, post boil volume less trub/hop matter, and your starting and finishing gravities.

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Actually, let me correct the name of the kit! 115th Dream Hopbursted IIPA. from Northern Brewer. Just got it into the primary. It is sitting at 1.119 gravity. 27.5 Balling sugars, and 15% ABV potential. Somewhere around 120 IBU's too. Should be good!!! I cant wait to drink a few of these with a nice maduro cigar!
holy crap, that is not a IIPA that is a freaking monster, I am not sure you could add enough hops to balance that thing out
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:52 PM   #78
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I cracked open a bottle (bottled 10/2009) the other night and the favor is outstanding; however, despite being in the bottle for almost a year, the carbonation level is still on the low side.

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what about just dropping some of those carbonation caps in the bottle and recapping them? or are the yeast all in permanent hibernation mode now?

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Jbyer: what was the set up for your starter, post boil volume less trub/hop matter, and your starting and finishing gravities.
I wish I could tell you, my hard drive crashed over the summer, taking everything, including BeerAlchemy, with it.

All I can tell you is I made a starter according to the Mr. Malty's calculator, and pitched about 1.75 liters of starter, using a stir plate.


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