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Old 02-02-2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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This is my 4th time brewing. My first batch of beer was excellent, the last two have not been that great. This fourth batch i brewed was an ESB. I made sure i did everything right, and still came up with negative results. The Original gravity was 1.044 (Exactly what it should have been). But when i took my FG, it read 1.14. How is this possible? The only thing I might have done wrong was the temperature during fermentation but i kept it around a constant 66-67 degrees. I love brewing but I feel like i am getting frustrated at each failed attempt. I have researched a lot and thought for sure this was going to be the best beer i made... Can anyone figure out where I went wrong? Thanks...

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:15 AM   #2
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How long has it been since you brewed? I'm guessing you mean 1.014, which is a fine FG particularly if you are brewing with extract. Have you tasted this latest attempt yet?

Also, can you be more specific with negative results? A certain taste, not enough carbonation, too sweet? Really we just need more info to get the ball rolling. Good luck though!

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:20 AM   #3
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1.014 is a perfectly fine FG for that beer. You're just missing a digit in the reading, that's all.

The beer seems ok from that perspective. But what's wrong with the taste?

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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Are u sure it reads 1.014 or 1.14, I think if it reads 1.014 it's fine. Does it taste bad? What other problems do you have with it? Does it taste like alcohol? Why are u so sure that there is a problem? Maybe your not reading the SG correctly.

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The beer was definitely at 1.14 FG. I checked it multiple times because i was in disbelief. I pitched my yeast about 4 weeks ago and everything looked just the way it should. The yeast was happy, they were doing their thing! But when i took my FG, it was at 1.14, which makes no sense to me. I let the beer sit in primary for 3 weeks, bottled, and have had no signs of carbonation.

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The beer tastes great though! just not carbonation and no alcohol...

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The beer was definitely at 1.14 FG. I checked it multiple times because i was in disbelief. .
I'm sorry, but I don't believe that it's possible to genuinely go from an OG of 1.044 to 1.140 without something being added (like sugars or some other soluble substance to increase the specific gravity of the solution).

Someone please correct me if it is indeed even a remote possibility.

How long have you allowed this brew to carbonate?
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The beer tastes great though! just not carbonation and no alcohol...
It would be a sugary mess if it was at 1.14. Could you post a picture of your hydrometer floating in this magical 1.14 beer?
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Yes, something definitely amiss here, perhaps it's a batch that never finished fermentation, nervier had enough time to carbonate, and who knows what else. If you don't taste the alcohol then there was no fermentation, or very little. It must be extremely sweet then, is it?

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It could be a hydrometer that is out of calibration.

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