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Old 08-11-2013, 08:11 PM   #21
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Thanks for all your advice this week
Well I've done it and took a reading with the hydrometer and it is about 1.036

Does that sound okay

What final gravity am I aiming for and is this a 2 week or 3 week in the fermenter job

I was aiming to add the cascade to the fermenter in two weeks and bottle a week after that

Is there a specific sugar I should use for priming

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1.036 is very low for 5.5 kg of LME. Maybe it wasn't mixed up well?

I think your time line is perfect. I'd use 4-5 ounces (by weight) of corn sugar for a 5 gallon batch for priming.
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yeah 1036 does sound a bit low.... did you happen to top off the fermenter with water and not mix it up?

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1.036 is very low for 5.5 kg of LME. Maybe it wasn't mixed up well?

I think your time line is perfect. I'd use 4-5 ounces (by weight) of corn sugar for a 5 gallon batch for priming.
I only used 3kg of lme

Is that bad you told me to use 3.5kg in the recipe but I only had 3kg

I topped it up to 5 gallons

What will this mean for final beer taste abv etc
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yeah 1036 does sound a bit low.... did you happen to top off the fermenter with water and not mix it up?
I did top it up but no I don't think I did mix it up before I took the reading

I did put the lid on and shake it about before I pitched the yeast though
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well it did get mixed up eventually but your OG probably isn't 1036 which is a good thing because that would probably produce about a 3% beer. I have made the mistake of not shaking before taking a reading which is why I asked. You can go off of the theoritical OG in your recipe for this brew to try and guess how much alcohol is in it. Just make sure to take a sample after you mixed everything up next time...

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I only used 3kg of lme

Is that bad you told me to use 3.5kg in the recipe but I only had 3kg

I topped it up to 5 gallons

What will this mean for final beer taste abv etc
I typed out 5.5 kg LME. That will make quite a big difference in the maltiness of the beer, and as well as the alcohol %. Using about 2.5 KG less is a huge difference- about half what I would have expected and wanted to use.
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I typed out 5.5 kg LME. That will make quite a big difference in the maltiness of the beer, and as well as the alcohol %. Using about 2.5 KG less is a huge difference- about half what I would have expected and wanted to use.
I can't find that I'm really sorry

On the post I read it said 1.5kg at first and then 2kg at the end

I've gone back and checked it a few times now
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Ok, then! I'm metric- challenged, but I'll do my best!

.75 pound crystal malt, crushed (340 grams)
Put two to three gallons of water in your pot, and bring to 65-71C. Steep the grain in grain bag at 150-160 degrees (65-71C) for 20 minutes. Remove and discard grains. Bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat and add:
3.3 pounds LME (1.5 KG)
Bring to a boil.

Set your timer for 60 minutes, and add hops as follows:
(the time shown is how much time is left in the boil when you add the hops):
.5 oz nugget 60 minutes (14 g)
1.00 oz Centennial Boil 15.0 min (30 g)
1.00 oz Cascade Boil 5.0 min (30g)
1.00 oz Cascade Boil 1.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial Boil 1.0 min

Turn off the heat and add:
2 KG LME

Stir well, let sit for 5 minutes, and then chill the wort. Once below 70 degrees (21C), add to fermenter and top up with cool water to 5 gallons (19L) and mix well. Add yeast.
This is what I followed it says 1.5 then bring to boil and 2kg at end
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This is what I followed it says 1.5 then bring to boil and 2kg at end
You're right! I misread my own recipe. sorry about that!

With your 3 KG, you should have an OG of 1.047 just from the LME. The grains will give you a bit more for a total of about 1051 vs the 1.059 from using 3.5 kg. A little less alcohol and maltiness. Not too bad.

Sorry for my mistake- I was talking about POUNDS and forget we were going metric here. 3 pounds of extract is about half of what you need (but, a kg is 2.2 pounds, der!)
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You're right! I misread my own recipe. sorry about that!

With your 3 KG, you should have an OG of 1.047 just from the LME. The grains will give you a bit more for a total of about 1051 vs the 1.059 from using 3.5 kg. A little less alcohol and maltiness. Not too bad.

Sorry for my mistake- I was talking about POUNDS and forget we were going metric here. 3 pounds of extract is about half of what you need (but, a kg is 2.2 pounds, der!)
You don't need to apologise for anything I can't believe the help you are giving me

It's 24 hours since I pitched and there is no signs of fermentation yet I pitched at the correct temp
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