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dm1217 01-28-2013 11:54 AM

30% efficiency. Should I dump it?
 
Well... batch #3 was a disaster. Used a rolling pin and hammer to crush grains. Lesson learned, that will never happen again.

1 lb Pilsner
1 lb red wheat
OG 1.022 @ 60F

What's the chances of this turning out drinkable? Or is my yeast basically swimming in Bud Light? (Fortunately only a 1 gallon batch if this turns out to be garbage) Thanks for the feedback.

RCCOLA 01-28-2013 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dm1217 (Post 4835021)
Well... batch #3 was a disaster. Used a rolling pin and hammer to crush grains. Lesson learned, that will never happen again.

1 lb Pilsner
1 lb red wheat
OG 1.022 @ 60F

What's the chances of this turning out drinkable? Or is my yeast basically swimming in Bud Light? (Fortunately only a 1 gallon batch if this turns out to be garbage) Thanks for the feedback.

Id boil a little DME in a small amt of water, cool it and add it to bring OG up to where I wanted it. Not too late to fix it.

Yuri_Rage 01-28-2013 12:01 PM

I'd dump it and chalk it up to lessons learned.

el_horno 01-28-2013 12:11 PM

Yea, such a small batch, dump and try again.

patthebrewer 01-28-2013 12:18 PM

You already paid for it right, if you don't have to buy anything else.....Ferment it. Assuming you adjusted your gravity reading by temp, It'll be a low ABV beer, so what. Lots of low gravity beers out there. Guinness is only 3% ya know. Since this starts so low It'll likely finish low, (1.005 ish) probably looking at somewhere around 2.5% Ish ABV. Could be tasty ya never know....I say try it:)

dm1217 01-28-2013 12:26 PM

Yeah it's fermenting with Nottingham, in a 61 F basement. Will let it sit and hope for the best while expecting the worst.

sweed 01-28-2013 02:21 PM

I crush my grains with a can good if I need to, no problems. Glad my lhbs does have a mill. Was this extract or AG? My guess AG since an extract would be right on target.

BigEggy 01-28-2013 02:36 PM

[QUOTE=patthebrewer;4835073] Guinness is only 3% ya know. QUOTE]

Not the proper stuff .. the new mid strenth Guinness is only 2.8% but real
Draught Guinness is 4.1-4.3% depending on what type.

dm1217 01-28-2013 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by sweed (Post 4835419)
I crush my grains with a can good if I need to, no problems. Glad my lhbs does have a mill. Was this extract or AG? My guess AG since an extract would be right on target.

All grain. I figured it would be low. Just not sure if 30% efficiency means it will taste like regular beer, or significantly "watered down, etc.

WoodlandBrew 01-28-2013 03:08 PM

My wife and my BMC friends would like that, but I would probably add half a pound of DME to bring it up to about 1.045. ...Or 1/4 lb DME and 1/4 lb sugar to make a little dryer beer.


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