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Old 05-26-2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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I brewed this Saturday night, and even with dry yeast, by Sunday morning my blow off was rocking and rolling!

I have a question about the included instructions. The target OG was said to be 1.040 - 1.050. My actual OG was 1.056.

The target FG is said to be 1.017 - 1.020.

Using 1.017/1.040 and 1.020/1.050 would give an attenuation of 57.5% to 60%. That seems really low for all the beers I've done so far. If I went to 1.018 from my 1.056, that would give me an attenuation of 68%.

Does anyone have a recommendation as to what my FG should be?

This is supposed to be a quick brew. I'm thinking it will be done with primary tomorrow night. Then I'll rack it and let it sit in secondary for 3 days, then bottle. As long as my FG is in the right place, is that rushing it? As long as my FG is appropriate, I won't get bottle bombs, right?

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:01 PM   #2
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:55 PM   #3
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I actually brewed this kit back in November. My notes say my starting gravity was about 1.050, and my final gravity was close to 1.020.

One problem i had (it was only my 3rd brew) was impatient and racked to secondary to quick (one week maybe), and i feel like i might have bottled too early and ended up with it over carbed, particularly for its style. Which is probably why the FG was about 1.020.

If I was to do it again i would probably leave it in primary longer and forget the secondary (I dont use them for most brews these days anyways, and i wouldnt be concerned about clarity anyways). I usually go 3 or more, but would recommend at least 2.

Im not an expert by any means but i would attribute the poor attenuation to the use of the malto dextrine (non fermentable) and dark LME (which ive been told is less fermentable than lighter extracts). I wouldnt be too concerned on this brew.

Although i will say it turned out to be a very drinkable beer especially for a kit recipe.

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:38 PM   #4
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Well, I went ahead and racked to secondary. Gravity reading was 1.022, and I expect a little more fermentation in secondary, in addition to clearing.

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Old 05-27-2009, 12:11 AM   #5
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What's the hurry, son? You're moving this one WAY, WAY TOO FAST.

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:09 AM   #6
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No, I'm not. It's pretty much at its correct FG, and will reach the appropriate point as it clears over the next few days.

The hurry? I'm almost out of beer and DAMN SURE don't want to rush the Belgian Tripel I've got in secondary!

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Old 05-27-2009, 02:18 PM   #7
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Shouldn't stouts be left to age a little longer? three days in primary surely isn't long enough. You might not be satisfied with this batch if you rush it. Just my .02.

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Old 05-27-2009, 03:57 PM   #8
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Yes, you are.

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He asks, we answer, then he disagrees. I say let him do what he wants and when the beer doesn't turn out like it should he'll either listen next time or give up the hobby.

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Let's see here... checking my notes.... AH! Brewed 29 JAN 08, bottled 23 FEB 08, putting it a little over 3 weeks in primary, no secondary, OG was 1.056 and FG was 1.019. Large amounts were consumed by the O'Leary Brothers drum and bagpipe corps (sponsered by Miller but they drank my brew ) at our pubs St Patty's day event. The last bottle in stock took first place in my brew clubs "Best Of The Irish" comp 7 MAR 09 (my first 1st place!).

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