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Old 12-31-2008, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Sediment in wort during cool down

I just brewed a batch of wheat beer using 1.5 lbs of wheat DME for 60 min boil, then added 4 lbs of light DME late addition for the last 15 minutes. During the cool down using icewater in the sink, I am already seeing sediment in the wort separating. This is only my third batch, but I did not see this in my previous two that used some or all LME, and no late addition. Is this normal?

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Old 12-31-2008, 07:46 PM   #2
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Search for the term "cold break". It's normal :-D

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So I just took a gravity measurement from this same batch, and it came up at 1.082. Much higher than the recipe expected at 1.048. What the heck could I have done wrong? It called for 1.5 lbs of DME to be boiled for 60 mins, then 4 lbs of DME to be added late addition for the last 15 mins. I'm not sure that my one packet of yeast is enough to pitch now.

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Did you add your top-off water and mix it in really well, before taking the gravity sample? You can't get a gravity that high with only those malts in 5gal.

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Yes, I topped off to five gallons. Weird thing is, I took my first measurement less than five minutes after I topped off, and got my reading at 1.082. Then I took one about ten minutes later and it had dropped to 1.070. Do you suppose that the cold break sediment/coagulation that was still suspeneded is now settling and not affecting the gravity as much? In other words, could the sediment increase the gravity until it settles?

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how much pellet hops did you use at the end of your boil?

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I had only .25 oz for the whole boil, then .5 oz for the last two mins. Not a very hoppy beer at all.

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nope..thought maybe you had a ton of that in your sample..but sounds like you didn't.

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