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Old 06-07-2007, 05:59 PM   #11
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Small beers start with an OG under 1.040 (although a German Schankbier is 1.028-1.032). When made from third runnings, they can be 1.020. It's what people drank with meals when the water wasn't safe. Most bulk lagers are small beers in the 3.2-3.6 ABW range.

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Old 06-07-2007, 07:48 PM   #12
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My understanding is that the term originally referred to the runnings. A big beer used the mash water and perhaps the first runnings, the little beer used the second/third runnings. As a general rule, half your extract comes from the mash water- and it has less volume- so it's going to be your stronger, or "bigger" wort..
Could some help me with the term "runnings" please? I checked a couple glossaries and googled but I'm still uncertain of the meaning.

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Old 06-08-2007, 01:49 AM   #13
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Could some help me with the term "runnings" please? I checked a couple glossaries and googled but I'm still uncertain of the meaning.

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Runnings is the wort coming off your mash when you sparge. The initial runnings have the highest concentration of sugar and as you continue sparging whether fly or batch the later runnings will have less sugar in them. As mentioned earlier brewers would use this to their advantage and collect enough high sugar runnings to make a "big" beer and the later runnings would be used to make a "small" beer.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:32 AM   #14
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Could some help me with the term "runnings" please? I checked a couple glossaries and googled but I'm still uncertain of the meaning.

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In batch sparging, it's the number of times you drain the Lauter tun. "running water through the grain" so to speak...
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:06 PM   #15
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I've seen this remark quite a bit: "Life begins at 65, 1.065"
Once you get above this gravity, the maturation time increases.
Paulander Doppelbock has a ABV of around 7.50, which suggests an OG of around 1.070 +. The beer is lagered for 9 months before it is sold.
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