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Old 01-26-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default Magical 1.020 FG

Hey guys,

I dont know what it is but all of my homebrews always end with a 1.020 fg even if the recipes
call for 1.015, 1.014 etc..

Ive done about 7 and every single one of them have stopped at 1.020. Most of them are higher gravity (1.080 sg) thaT call for double pitching. Fermintation temps usually range from 68-72(I livein ga)

Any idea? I never hit my recommended fg for each recipe

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Hey I live in GA too, Atlanta. Dunno, maybe it could be your boil, are you doing extract only, partial mash, steeping grains, all grain?

Are your temps consistent?

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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1.080 down to 1.020 is 75%AA. That is pretty standard attenuation. If you are using extract it is unlikely you will get much higher attenuation without sugar additions. If you are brewing all grain try mashing lower. Good luck.

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:27 PM   #4
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I'm stuck at that number as well with a 1.070. I feel your pain. With an OG that high and an FG high as well it makes the difference between a stony brew and an average brew. I assume you are using extract as well cuz this is the common problem I have found. I would love some insight on how to conquer this issue. Besides AG at this point.

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:32 PM   #5
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By my calculation you have it at a 7.8% ABV. I likey!

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:13 AM   #6
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From 1.080 to 20? I'd be pretty happy with that. If it was 1.054~60 OG I'd be bummed.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:29 AM   #7
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have you been using the same yeast every time? if so, try a more attenuative strain. for high og beers, you need to pitch lots of yeast cells, and aerate the wort really good. using a yeast nutrient can help too. I'm guessing you are doing extract brews, and they are famous for stopping about 1.020. you could try a different brand of extract, as some are more fermentable than others. sometimes adding a pound of honey or table sugar can get the fg to go lower, but don't use too much sugar. it'll thin the beer out as well as dry it.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:32 AM   #8
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That's I pretty good fermentation. Is this a boil with hop additions or just hopped extract kits? Maybe try aerating the wort. How long are you leaving it in the fermentor? I'd atleast leave it for 2 weeks. *cheers*

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:33 AM   #9
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Or maybe try doing a yeast starter to have more yeast cells and check your yeast strain that it can handle that high of alcohol content. Yeast will die after a certain abv.

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extract or all grain? same yeast?

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