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Old 05-29-2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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Bought an extract kit from B3 for their Alt recipe. It had steeping grains and supposedly 8lbs of light LME. When I made the recipe the OG was 1.030. As you might expect I was stunned. I then checked the hydrometer with water and it came out at exactly 1.000.
Called B3 and explained that I have been brewing for 1 1/2 yrs and this is my 25th batch. They felt they may have shorted my kit about 4lbs of LME. They were great about the problem and credited my account for another kit!
Since it was already together I let it ferment. Wyeast German Ale was used and fermantation temp was 64-65 degrees. Fermantation began within 24hrs.
It has now been approximately 3 weeks. Beggining the bottling process and what do I get for the FG, 1.026???? Checked the hydrometer again and it was right on at 1.000. I did taste it and it was sweeter than normal but not by much.
I have never had something like this happen. Very interested in others opinions.

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Old 05-29-2009, 04:44 AM   #2
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Was this a partial boil with top off water?

MANY times, and I mean daily people have erroneous hydro readings for the OG because the sugars arent mixed evenly after they top off... that is an option.

Id suggest looking at how much DME you are putting into a beer next time though... 4 and 8 pounds is a HUGE difference to overlook.

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Old 05-29-2009, 04:50 AM   #3
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It was actually LME, sorry for the confusion!
It was a partial boil with about 3 gallons of water to be added. Once the wort was added I shook it very hard to ensure it was mixed.
I agree that 4 lbs are very difficult to overlook. The container used was not their regular and was of a size that seemed odd. However, I really thought it was all there.

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About how big was the LME container? Was it a plastic jug like a milk jug?

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What was the temp when you took your hydrometer reading? If it was over 100 then you probably didn't get an accurate reading.

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The container was about the size of a quart milk jug. Wish I had checked the weight!
The temp was down at about 68 when I pitched.

Even if they did short 4lbs, how did it only go from 1.030 to 1.026?

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Maybe a combination of too little LME and a stuck fermentation?

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What temperature are you checking your hydrometer at?

Taste the hydro sample; does it taste very sweet?

What temperature did you pitch the yeast at? were you using a packet of dry yeast of a liquid yeast? if liquid did you use a starter?

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What temperature are you checking your hydrometer at?

Taste the hydro sample; does it taste very sweet?

What temperature did you pitch the yeast at? were you using a packet of dry yeast of a liquid yeast? if liquid did you use a starter?



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Bought an extract kit from B3 for their Alt recipe. It had steeping grains and supposedly 8lbs of light LME. When I made the recipe the OG was 1.030. As you might expect I was stunned. Ithen checked the hydrometer with water and it came out at exactly 1.000.
Called B3 and explained that I have been brewing for 1 1/2 yrs and this is my 25th batch. They felt they may have shorted my kit about 4lbs of LME. They were great about the problem and credited my account for another kit!
Since it was already together I let it ferment. Wyeast German Ale was used and fermantation temp was 64-65 degrees. Fermantation began within 24hrs.
It has now been approximately 3 weeks. Beggining the bottling process and what do I get for the FG, 1.026???? Checked the hydrometer again and it was right on at 1.000. I did taste it and it was sweeter than normal but not by much.
I have never had something like this happen. Very interested in others opinions.
I highlighted the Hydrometer testing to show that the OP knows how to use one !

Slow down a bit !

To the OP ,
did you have this brew in the bottling bucket already when you took the Gravity sample ?

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Slow down a bit !

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Haha sorry, it was a little too early in the day for me to be posting!

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