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Old 12-10-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Just bottled my first beers...
The final gravity reading was 1.038.
I'm hoping that I read something wrong, or that there was something else affecting the reading. If not, I went from 1.058 (I think, I don't have my notes with me) to 1.038 and will only have a 1.8% ABV beer.

I purposely mashed high to retain some sweetness, and I'm scared I mashed too high. I was shooting for 158, so my strike water was 168 and I don't think I checked the temperature after I was doughed in.

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How long did you let the beer ferm? That FG looks really high.

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18 days in primary, no secondary

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Did you check the temp of your hydrometer sample?

How long did you ferment?

What was fermentation temp?

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Maybe add more yeast to burn through the rest?

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What have you learned, exactly?
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You could end up with a bunch of bottle bombs.
The OG reading (approx 1.058) means that the conversion was fine, the FG, however is very high. I would increase temp and pitch more yeast into fermenter to finish fermenting (FG <1.020). You probably don't want to drink 2% beer anyway.

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I would keep an eye on them, because I think you just made yourself a much of bottle bombs.

You might what to get some distilled water and check you hydrometer, to see if it is reading right

Some beers will hit FG in less than a week, while others can take a month or longer. You might have needed to wait longer.
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I would keep an eye on them, because I think you just made yourself a much of bottle bombs.

You might what to get some distilled water and check you hydrometer, to see if it is reading right

Some beers will hit FG in less than a week, while others can take a month or longer. You might have needed to wait longer.
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You could end up with a bunch of bottle bombs.
The OG reading (approx 1.058) means that the conversion was fine, the FG, however is very high. I would increase temp and pitch more yeast into fermenter to finish fermenting (FG <1.020). You probably don't want to drink 2% beer anyway.

Very good advice here.

More yeast and/or more time. You're not done yet.
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yeast and ferm temp?

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