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Old 10-01-2007, 12:12 AM   #1
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So here's my story. Its my first batch of homebrew, true brew porter extract kit.
1 can dark malt extract
2 lbs dark dried malt extract
8 oz. malto-dextrin
6 oz. chocolate grain malt
1 oz hop pellets
Muntons ale yeast
OG was about 1.045-48 , not certain I measured correctly (it was my first time), but the box says 43-45. Midway through fermentation it stalled at 1.023 for 'bout a week, so I repitched the same yeast that came with the kit. no change, by the way this yeast is not designed for this type of brew. Future brewers beware. I then repitched with munton's gold ale, no change, then finally a nottingham's. Small change. The current gravity is .018 has has been that way for the last 8-9 days. By my calculations this only gives an attenuation of 61.7%, which seems low. the suggested Fg is 1.014-1.012. In the course of this ordeal iIve roused and moved to warmer climates (72 from 66 degrees). I really don't foresee the gravity dropping anymore than it already has. The beer itself is not sweet, but looks rather lifeless and stagnant. It has been in the same fermenting bucket for the last 29 days and I would really like to bottle it.
Should I go ahead and bottle? I've read Munton's extracts are know for not completely fermenting out, and with the maltodextrin can I assume this gravity to be my 'final' gravity? Also, when I bottle does it still need to condition for two to three more weeks? Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-01-2007, 12:35 AM   #2
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you're at about 70% attenutation and it doesn't sound like it's going any further. if it hasn't changed in a couple of days, i'd say go ahead and bottle.

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Old 10-01-2007, 01:10 AM   #3
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70% really?
DeathBrewer, is your formula different?

I'm confused. i thought attenuation was ( ( OG - FG ) / OG ) x 100
(47-18)/ 47 *100 = 61.7


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