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Old 03-14-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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We made a brown ale (with some spice) based on a recipe with 6.6 LB cooper malt extract, 14 oz malts, and forgot to put in a pound of dry malt extract.
We realized this on day 3. We have a good krausen, and the airlock is nicely bubbling.
Does that pound of dry malt hold the future of the beer? Can I still add it?
Thank you so much.

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Old 03-14-2011, 02:25 PM   #2
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Not adding the DME means that your beer had a lower gravity than intended.

With just the 6.6# LME, the OG would have been around 1.055.
With the extra 1# if DME, the OG would have been around 1.064.

So, your beer is lighter version of the original recipe. 1.055 is still a pretty good strength beer (most of the beers I make are in the 1.050 to 1.055 range), so it's not like you made some watery pee-pee or anything. It's just not going to tank you as fast.

You *could* still add it (boil it up in some water first), but it will definitely kick up a harder ferment if you do.

I personally wouldn't bother adding it and would just let it ride. But, if you DO add it, I'd have a blow-off tube rigged up just in case.

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Walker is correct on both points.

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Thanks so much to both of you!

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Walker's right...that's because those brewers in Cary, NC know how to get it done

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Walker's right...that's because those brewers in Cary, NC know how to get it done
Damn straight, Mr. Awesome Neighbor.
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Damn straight, Mr. Awesome Neighbor.
Be funny if we really were neighbors...I'm West Cary in Amberly...
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