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Old 02-16-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default Forgot to take an original gravity reading

I brewed an AHS Chocolate Raspberry Stout (partial mash) and forgot to take the OG. I brewed it 1/9 so it's been in the primary for over a month.

I planned on kegging it this morning and the gravity is reading 1.028 & it should be 1.014.

Should I just keg it anyway? I'm carbing this with gas if that makes any difference.

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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Tough question. Might sound too obvious, but, have you been monitoring the gravity? Has it been idle for a little while?

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Actually this is my first gravity reading. I'm going to stir it up and wait a week or so and see what's going on.

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While 1.014 might have been the target of the person who formulated your recipe, a number of factors may have impacted the fg - the temperature of your mash may have extracted more non-fermentables, the type and health of the yeast, and your fermentation conditions and temperature.

For me, I would probably want a chocolate raspberry stout to be a little sweet with some substance to it. But, I would probably try to rouse the yeast by gently shaking/stirring and making sure the temp is at least 70 degrees.

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:23 PM   #5
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Good point. I'll hold off until next weekend and see what the gravity reads.

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same gravity 4 days in a row = done. FG is only a target.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:11 PM   #7
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Thanks. I figure considering it's been in the primary for over a month, it's gotta be done. I'll check again in a few days & as long as it's still the same, I'll get it in the keg.

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