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Old 04-02-2012, 04:14 AM   #1
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Very new to home brewing have much more experience on the consumption side... Still brewing from the "box mix" recipes until I figure out what I'm doing.

Here's my concern: OG measured at 1.13; recipe instructions indicated 1.09 was the target... Is that a lot off or a little off? I have a basic knowledge of specific gravity (and I mean very basic). Does this mean that I didn't add enough water to the wort after the boil? How do I get on target?

Followed everything to the letter, steeping, boiling, bitter hopping, flavor hopping, etc.
I'm not sure what all you need to know to respond accurately, but will stay tuned for help.

Thank you in advance for the help!

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Old 04-02-2012, 05:13 AM   #2
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Wow, 1.130?? What did you brew? Did you do a full boil or a partial boil then top off the fermentor with cold water? We need the amount of water and when things were added together. What temp did you take your gravity readings at?

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #3
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Please post the recipe

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:53 PM   #4
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Recipe:
AHS Imperial Robust Porter

2 gallons to 155 degrees
Steep crushed grains for 25 Minutes:
1/2lb crystal 60L Malt
1/2lb Pale Ale Malt
1/2lb Special B Malt
1/4lb Black Patent Malt
1/2lb Chocolate Malt

Add 1 more gallon of water bring to boil

Add 11lb Amber Extract
Add 1lb Amber DME

Bring to boil (60 minutes total)
Add bittering hops:
3oz AHS Centennial 9.9% Alpha Acid

@45 minutes add flavor hops:
1oz AHS Willamette 4% Alpha Acid
@55 minutes Add flavor hops(again):
1oz Willamette (again)

Cooled with wort chiller. Took approx 10 minutes to bring temp to 78 degrees. Transferred to 6 gal primary fermenter, added water and measured OG at 1.13
Added Burton Ale Yeast WLP023 (x2)

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Did you stir it well after the final water addition before you took the OG?

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Old 04-02-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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Thoroughly

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You don't need to see the recipe to know what's going on he said it was a kit, which means extract...

The answers here- Attention new brewers, yes your original gravity reading is wrong. Don't panic.

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You don't need to see the recipe to know what's going on he said it was a kit, which means extract...

The answers here- Attention new brewers, yes your original gravity reading is wrong. Don't panic.
Thank you all soooo much!

Revvy, that's exactly what I was looking for!
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We get 10-15 first time posters with the same issue a day on here.

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