Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > OG reading SIGNIFICANTLY higher than expected...am I ok?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
603Brew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 26
Default OG reading SIGNIFICANTLY higher than expected...am I ok?

Good Morning,

Stay warm if you're in New England today...

I brewed a 2.5 gallon IPA last night, only my second brew (first non-kit brew). Here was my recipe:

4lbs Briess Light Golden Malt
0.5lbs Crystal 15
0.5lbs Corn Sugar

0.25 Magnum 45min
0.25 Cascade 30min
0.50 Citra 15min
0.50 Citra 10min
0.50 Citra 5min
0.50 Citra 0min

Safale US-05 American Yeast

Boil Volume: 3 gallons
Batch Size: About 2.5

I was expecting my OG to be around 1.06/1.07 or so, based on a few calculators that I used online. However, when I took my OG reading my jaw dropped...1.09

Is this beer doomed? Should I ferment longer than the anticipated 2 weeks primary, 1 week dry hop, then bottle? I don't want to take too many hydrometer readings because it is fermenting in a 5 gallon bucket so that is a lot of head space, so I want to try to get a good idea of when I should start taking readings.

...Whoops...I guess 4 lbs was too much?...

Side note: anyone know how to insert a picture? I added the pic of my hydrometer reading as an attachment, not sure if that works or not.

Thanks for any help!

ipa-og.jpg  
__________________
603Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
JLem
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Attleboro, MA
Posts: 3,641
Liked 168 Times on 148 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I assume that 4 pounds is extract? If so, I think you're fine - I calculate an OG of 1.066 or so. As long as your volume is accurate it is unlikely for your OG to deviate far from expected - a known amount of extract dissolved in a known volume will yield a known OG. Did you correct for temperature when taking the reading? Have you calibrated your hydrometer in water? Are you sure you ended with 2.5 gallons?

JLem is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
603Brew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 26
Default

Hi JLem,

Yes it was 4 lbs of dry extract. I think it was pretty close to 3 gallons original boil volume, and eyesight says around 2.5 or slightly less batch size.

As for my hydrometer, I have checked a reading at room temp with water and it seems to be spot on at 1.00. When I grabbed the sample it was around 68 degrees, but I left it sitting on the counter like that for an hour plus to see if anything changed but it stayed at 1.09

What do you think as far as fermentation time? I had originally planned on 2 weeks in the primary, 1 week dry hop, then bottle. Do you think with this high of an OG I should let it ferment an extra week before taking a hydrometer reading? Like I said, with that much head room I don't want to mess around with it too much for fear of oxidation.

Thanks for the reply!

__________________
603Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
aiptasia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Them Scary Woods, FL
Posts: 3,517
Liked 527 Times on 468 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

It should be fine. At the projected SG, you should be pitching 2 packets of S-05, and at the measured OG, you'll need to add an extra packet. Unless you make a starter, but probably too late for that.

__________________
Paranormal Brewing
Beer so good, it's frightening.

2014: Seven Heavens Series One: Vilon, Mystic Melomel, Skeeter Pee.
aiptasia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 11:50 AM   #5
603Brew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 26
Default

So should I go grab another US-05 packet and pitch or let it go a week and pitch again?

__________________
603Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
aiptasia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Them Scary Woods, FL
Posts: 3,517
Liked 527 Times on 468 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 603Brew View Post

What do you think as far as fermentation time? I had originally planned on 2 weeks in the primary, 1 week dry hop, then bottle. Do you think with this high of an OG I should let it ferment an extra week before taking a hydrometer reading? Like I said, with that much head room I don't want to mess around with it too much for fear of oxidation.

Thanks for the reply!
Every fermentation is different. S05 is an excellent, vigorous yeast strain and it should burn through the wort in about a week for the primary fermentation, but your mileage may vary. I like fermenting on the cooler end of the tolerance for my yeast, which is around 59 F for the "preferred" range on S05. Actually, keeping the wort anywhere in the low 60's should be just fine for S05. I like setting my fermenter for about 62f for that strain. Let it go until you can't see any visible airlock activity and then slowly raise the temperature up to 70f during the diacetyl rest.

Don't worry about oxidizing the beer too much when you sneak some samples. Do it slowly and carefully and you won't disturb the CO2 blanket the beer has created for itself in the headspace. Just avoid splashing and getting O2 directly into the finished beer and you should be fine.
__________________
Paranormal Brewing
Beer so good, it's frightening.

2014: Seven Heavens Series One: Vilon, Mystic Melomel, Skeeter Pee.
aiptasia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
aiptasia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Them Scary Woods, FL
Posts: 3,517
Liked 527 Times on 468 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 603Brew View Post
So should I go grab another US-05 packet and pitch or let it go a week and pitch again?
Grab another packet and pitch it as soon as you can with the others. Then, shake the devil out of the primary container. Tilt it on it's edge (bucket or carbouy) and shake shake shake. Yeast needs oxygen in the beginning to multiply and divide and will use any ambient O2 in the wort, so forcing a little extra air into the wort BEFORE fermentation begins is very beneficial.

Just don't do it AFTER the fermentation.
__________________
Paranormal Brewing
Beer so good, it's frightening.

2014: Seven Heavens Series One: Vilon, Mystic Melomel, Skeeter Pee.
aiptasia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
homebrewdad
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,033
Liked 319 Times on 239 Posts
Likes Given: 227

Default

OP, if you used the correct amount of extract and hit your intended volume, just use the gravity reading for the recipe. Extract contains a fixed amount of sugar - you can't screw it up.

This is a common newbie concern. I remember thinking I was some kind of mad brewing scientist on my first two brews, as I was also over my gravity mark... when in actuality I just didn't have my wort properly mixed.

__________________
Homebrew Dad - blogging about making my own beer and raising a lot of kids.
Check out the priming sugar calculator and the beer calorie calculator.

Fermenting: nothing
Lagering: Swarthy Satyr (traditional bock)
Bottled: Royal Goblin (Hoppy Hobgoblin rendition), Treasure Type "T" (oatmeal toffee stout), Enchantress (big Irish red ale), Frostfire (Oktoberfest), Thundersmoke brown ale
homebrewdad is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My ABV is higher than expected Flem All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 07-28-2012 06:13 PM
Higher than expected FG Gilbey Fermentation & Yeast 3 06-08-2010 03:20 PM
FG higher than expected - not sure what to do C2H6O Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 05-25-2010 04:23 PM
Actual starting gravity significantly higher than kit's numbers Quikfeet509 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 09-23-2008 12:07 PM
hydrometer reading higher than expected missing link Extract Brewing 7 10-01-2007 03:18 PM