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Old 04-06-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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It may be a bit late however;

For my second time brewing I hope I didn't follow the wrong advise from my LHBS guy, however I ended up with a low OG, and was looking for something a bit higher.

My recipe:
1 can of Muntons Blonde
500g Pale Dry DME
500g Dextrose
500g Honey

This was following his directions, where did I go wrong? I only ended up with an OG of around 1.032. I've read, no one ever dumps; and I agree with this philosophy, however it would be nice to know:

* Where did I go wrong?
* Is it still possible to fix it after two days in the primary?
* Should I really care ?

Thanks for all the help.

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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my first question is how long did it ferment for?

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Did you happen to top off with water after boiling? If so and you took your reading after topping off then you just didnt mix it well enough.

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my first question is how long did it ferment for?
Thank you for your quick response.

It has been sitting in the primary for two days (this being the second day).
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:00 PM   #5
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Did you happen to top off with water after boiling? If so and you took your reading after topping off then you just didnt mix it well enough.
Thank you as well for your reply.

When I transferred it to the primary (I use a Carboy); my LHBS guy said the carboy would crack really easily from the heat so instead, I filled the carboy half way with cold water, then the wort, then more cold water. I then attempted to mix it as well as I could for about 2 minutes with a spare racking cane.

I'm sure I'm just over-reacting (like the first time your child drive's a car alone, that kind of over-reacting ).
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I'm guessing it just wasn't mixed well enough with your top off water. My extract batches never give good OG reading no matter how much I stir. Some guys on here have better luck that I do however.

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Wort and water can be very difficult to mix together properly. I'd opt for taking a reading before adding water and calculating for the added water.
batch OG = post-boil OG * post-boil volume / batch volume

Also, did you adjust your reading for temperature?

Anyway, everything added has a pre-determined amount of sugar, so if you have 5gallons, you should be around 1.049, so I'd just go with that as your OG

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Thanks to everyone, these few replies have given me some great confidence in my latest brew. It's been bubbling quite nicely, into it's second day - very exciting stuff. I think I should just sit back, relax, and contemplate my next home brew adventure

With that being said however, and it would appear that my issue was just improper mixing: Is there an easy, or 'best' method for mixing wort and water when using a carboy as a primary?

Thanks again.

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