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Old 10-11-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Help with my OG!

Here is my corrected recipe I just finished it today and its sitting in the primary. My question is beersmith says my OG should be around 1.070 and my actual OG is 1.090 and that was adjusted for temp. My question is: is there anything that I did wrong and will my brew come out ok. I did use 2 yeast packs because of the high OG. Any help is appreciated thanks.

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 3. gal
Post Boil Volume: 2.75 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.071 SG
Estimated Color: 9.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 77.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 0.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 7.9 %
.5 lbs German dark Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 3 7.0 %
1 oz Horizon [13.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 4 35.7 IBUs
2 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 5 19.3 %
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.60 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 3.7 IBUs
0.60 oz Willamette [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 3.7 IBUs
5 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract [Boil for 10 min Dry Extract 9 40.2 %
1 lbs Wheat Dry Extract [Boil for 10 min](8.0 Dry Extract 10 9.7 %
0.80 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 2.0 IBUs
0.40 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 1.8 IBUs
0.30 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 13 0.2 IBUs
0.30 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 14 0.3 IBUs
2 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21 Yeast 15 -
1 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs
1 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs[/QUOTE]

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:57 AM   #2
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Assuming you remembered to add your top-up water (;-) you probably just didn't get a good mix before taking your sample. You'll be totally fine.

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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Ok I think I mixed it pretty well actually the only thing I'm wondering is I don't know if my LHBS usually mills my specialty grains and I think they did this time could that change things.

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Have you brewed in the past with unmilled grains?

The bottom line is that extract is making up the vast majority of your fermentables. You shouldn't really need to worry about OG.

That's a lot of crystal malt, btw.

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:06 AM   #5
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Edit: This question is in two threads, with oddly two different recipes. I'm referring to the other one.

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:09 AM   #6
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When did you take gravity? Before or after you topped off to 5 gallons?

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:15 AM   #7
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I took the reading after I added the water an yea I know that was a lot that's y I changed it the recipe on this thread is the right one it wouldn't let me edit the other thread.

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How did you acquire the sample to test? You using a wine thief by chance?

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Yea that's y I don't know what happened.

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Wine theifs are real long... If the wort And the top off water weren't completely mixed, the wort sits a little below the top off water and using a wine thief, i think you are likely to pick up the sample from the higher gravity wort. My guess is, you hit close to the 1.071 in reality but it just didn't show up do to it not being completely mixed. When its done and drinkable, I'm sure you'll be able to tell if its 7% alcohol or 9%. So That should tell you.

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