I am new to brewing and began my first Belgian white last night. When I took the reading for the OG it was 1.026 and the recipe called for about 1.050. I boiled some clear belgian candy sugar to attempt to raise the Gravity but it only went up slightly. What could have caused the OG to come out so low? Is there a good way to raise it? Does this mean my beer will have a very low alcohol content? thanks in advance for your help.
If you post the recipe with quantities, including the quantity of sugar you added, we could give a better assessment.
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