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Old 03-01-2011, 05:34 AM   #1
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Default Color/Specific Gravity Concern

So today I attempted my hand at a non-beerkit. I got all the fixings for a porter style beer. Got my grains, my hops, my liquid yeast and followed the instructions I received from the guy at the shop.

Everything was working great, lots of good smells, good color. But when I finished the boil (after 60 minutes) I noticed there wasn't a whole lot of liquid left. I started with at least over 2 gallons of liquid for my boil. So I didn't think much of it (being a noob) and filled the rest of the fermenter with water. Taking the reading for the specific gravity, my sample looks very... light. And the reading is 1.016 for the starting gravity. Im thinking I did something wrong so here is my process...

Boiled the grains in a pot of water, approx 1 gallon of water at 155 degrees for 25 minutes. Then strained the mix into my wort (that had my hops, malt extract and about 1 gallons of water). Boiled for 60 minutes, adding in irish moss during the last 15 minutes and adding the half of hops after the boil and letting them sit for 10 minutes.

Thats the basics of my process. But the beer looks light, and the reading is really low. Im not one to worry, but something just doesn't feel right. Any ideas?

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:45 AM   #2
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About how much liquid did you end up with after you strained the mix into your wort?

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:49 AM   #3
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We will need the recipe details, especially how much extract and how much grains. Sounds like not enough extract.

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It was probably close to 2 gallons of liquid during the boil. This was my first attempt at doing a non-beer kit (and second overall brew). And I feel like I overlooked the amount of water for my boil and messed it up


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8lbs. Amber Extract
1/4lb. Blk Malt
1/2lb. Choc. Malt
1/2lb. Roasted Barley
1/2lb Crystal Malt (40L)
4oz. K. Golding Hops.

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:56 AM   #5
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How big is your carboy? That 8lbs of extract alone should push the gravity way higher than 1.016.

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With 8 lbs. of extract you should definitely have better than 1.016 OG no matter how much water you add post boil (assuming you are doing 5 gallon batch). I would suspect a misread of the hydrometer first.

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Its a 5 gallon Carboy.

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Second reading of the hydrometer is 1.022. So its a bit above what I said earlier. Im still puzzled. The color looks like a brown ale.

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You must have a magical 5 gallon carboy that can fit 10 gallons.

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What temperature are your hydrometer samples? Readings will increase as the wort cools.

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