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Old 08-31-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default New brewer... Low OG reading. Please Help

Hello...

I have started my second brew while my origional carbonates. I have a few questions I hope someone can help with:

I am brewing a belgian wheat that is supposed to taste like blue moon (it's for my girlfriend : ) ) When I placed the bitter orange peel and coriander in the muslin bag for the last 5 minutes of boil should I have left the bag in the primary fermenter? Also, my OG reading was at 42 and the sheet says that it should be between 51 and 56. I did not add additional water above 5 gallons total for the batch so I don' t know why it is low. I was wondering if I should add corn sugar to get the gravity up and if so how much?

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:36 PM   #2
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You likely didn't mix the wort & top off water well enough. I pour both vigorously into the fermenter,then stir with my paddle like mad for 5 minutes straight. Whip it roughly,whip it good! Then Take a hydrometer reading. you're likely fine.


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Thanks for the quick reply! What about the bag of bitter orange...should I have left it in the primary?

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I have scard myself before on batches where I didnt stir prior to taking my OG reading.....I wouldnt worry about it.....your beer will be fine.

I assume it was an extract kit you brewed?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/disaster-averted-please-read-learn-255979/

Not sure about the bitter orange....worse case just put a slice of orange in the glass when you pour....just like with a Blue Moon.


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