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4traindays 11-05-2012 03:47 AM

Gravity reading seems high after transfer to secondary
Brewing a milk stout, transferred to secondary after 15 days in primary. Og reading @ 1.058, reading at transfer @ 1.022. This seems high to me. Can I rep itch with dry yeast to get it to come down? Temp has been 64-67 the entire time, used safale 04.

chungking 11-05-2012 11:04 AM

Everyone will tell you that is normal for an extract kit. Did you use lme, dme, both? I guess lme is the worst and has a high percentage of non fermetables. You could probably repitch and it might come down a little bit. Everyone else has told me to bottle it cause that's as good as it gets with extract sometimes.

WoodlandBrew 11-05-2012 11:11 AM

Agreed Lactose + LME = high final gravity. Give it two days and if it is still at 1.022 then fermentation is complete. If you like the taste, then bottle of, if it is too sweet there are options. Use of refractometers for final gravity also lead to inaccurate readings.

4traindays 11-05-2012 01:47 PM

Yep, I Used 8lbs lme and 1 lb lactose. Tasted it during transfer, not too sweet at all. Plan on adding cold pressed coffee to it as well. Thanks.

dcp27 11-06-2012 07:12 PM

1lb of lactose will add ~8pts to your FG, sounds about where i'd expect it

4traindays 11-07-2012 04:07 AM

If I were to rebrew this beer in the future, should I double pitch the yeast to get the gravity to drop. Are there any others options to increase alcohol %. Thanks for your advice.

WoodlandBrew 11-07-2012 09:41 AM

Double pitching will increase the speed at which you get to final gravity, but it's not going to change the final gravity. If you want to lower the FG then substitute some of the malt with sugar, or use a higher attenuating yeast.

In a study done by Ray Daniels he found that liquid Malt extract varies from 44.4% to 64.1% ferment able.

DurtyChemist 11-07-2012 02:43 PM

Switch to DME if you want to see a difference. Double yeast would be like driving 120 not 60 mph. DME vs lme is like cheavy vs ford.

Zandrello 11-08-2012 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by DurtyChemist (Post 4566283)
DME vs lme is like cheavy vs ford.

HaHa.... nice comparison Durty :mug:

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