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Old 03-15-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default Missed my original gravity by quite a bit...

I read in another thread that this could be caused by not getting all of the sugars out in the steeping stage.

This batch I did had 4 bags of grain, which I split into my two grain bags during steeping. They were pretty full.

How important is it not to "over-stuff" your grain bags?

Do you have to steep everything at once or could I have just steeped them one at a time (assuming I could maintain my target temp of 160)?

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Old 03-15-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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What was it supposed to be at and what was it at? Curious cause I want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong.

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Old 03-15-2012, 06:47 AM   #3
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Post the recipe, target og, and actual og and we can help.

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Old 03-15-2012, 06:58 AM   #4
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If you were soaking the grains at a steady 160* water -- your fg could be high also, giving a residual sweetness.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:07 AM   #5
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Were you mashing or brewing extract with steeping grains? If steeping, the grains aren't adding that much gravity. How much did you miss by?

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:11 AM   #6
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Plenty of people willing to help if there was more info to go off of!

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Old 03-15-2012, 11:25 AM   #7
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1.112 estimated
1.062 original gravity (measured no bubbles and at about 70 deg)

Vanilla Bean Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
(kit from ******)

10 lbs Light Dry Malt extract
20 oz honey
1 lb flaked oats
1 lb chocolate malt
1 lb roasted barley
8 oz black (patent) malt
2 oz Columbus pelet hops
2 oz cascade @30 min
2 oz cascade @5 min

Other stuff added at the secondary ferment

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:39 PM   #8
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10 lbs dme and 20 oz honey looks like an expected og of 1.091. If you added those amounts of dme and honey you hit very close to the expected gravity. Perhaps hyrometer calibration problem or taking gravity reading at other than 60* or topping up with water. They are the common reasons for not reading the proper gravity.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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Did you add top up water to get to 5 gal? Only way you could be that far off is if you didn't add something or if you added water after a partial boil. If you added water it is pretty much impossible to mix it to the point where you get an accurately reading.

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Old 03-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #10
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I second if you topped off that will throw your reading off. Also, you need to adjust for temp. Hydrometers are supposed to be calibrated at 60*. Check your hydrometer in 60* water - it should be zero. If not you will know how to adjust your readings accordingly. Then if you take your gravity reading at any other temp than 60 you will have to make another adjustment. Typically the adjustment increases gravity with increased temp.

It is unusual to miss gravity by that much when using extract.

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