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Old 10-01-2008, 04:27 AM   #1
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Just did my second partial-mash ever. A Winter Solstice Ale from one of the clone books. Followed everything exactly and the OG is supposed to be 1078 and when I took a reading right before the pitch, is was 1040.

What does this mean? Is this still going to turn out ok? Is there anything I can do to correct this or should I let it be? I just got done brewing 10 minutes ago and I'm nervous that I f'ed this up. Advice or suggestions what might have caused this? Thanks!

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Old 10-01-2008, 04:29 AM   #2
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Cant do too much anymore, your efficiency was probably low. Pitch yeast and see how it taste not much you can do now.

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Old 10-01-2008, 04:39 AM   #3
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Sorry that's over my head. Very new here. Efficiency was low? Meaning what?

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How many lbs of grain was your PM? You'd have to have a large PM with near zero efficiency to be off by that much I think....is it possible you either topped off with too much water or didn't mix it sufficiently?

Low efficiency would mean you did not get good conversion on your mash. If you outline your exact mash procedure (and recipe) we'd be able to help more.

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Low efficiency means you may not have extracted all the sugars from the grain to bring the gravity up.

Also, you may not have gotten your top off water mixed well. It's hard to get it mixed up so when you took your sample it was from the watered down part. So combine your less than efficient mash and not mixing well enough equals low OG.

You will still end up with a tasty beverage either way.

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Also, you may not have gotten your top off water mixed well.
I'm voting on that one - what was your recipe. MOST of your sugars should have come from the extract so I can't see it being THAT far off.

Was it a partial boil where you had to mix the wort with water afterword?

What's the recipe?

Side note - I really messed up on a Porter and was completely bumbed out. Once it was finished and bottled I knew every flaw and all my friends said "It tastes GREAT".
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I agree, extract and partial mash brewers should see 95% - 100% efficiency every time because they aren't extracting anything from the grain, it is all in the extract.

When adding your top up water, don't add it all right away. Add maybe 75%, stir, stir, and stir, take a reading and if your OG is High, add more water until you get the OG. Your goal is to hit the OG of the recipe, not to make 5 gallons. You may end up with more or less than the target volume but it will taste like the recipe meant for it to taste.

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How many lbs of grain was your PM? You'd have to have a large PM with near zero efficiency to be off by that much I think....is it possible you either topped off with too much water or didn't mix it sufficiently?

Low efficiency would mean you did not get good conversion on your mash. If you outline your exact mash procedure (and recipe) we'd be able to help more.
6 lbs. of grain. Does this mean it will be a really low alcohol content? For what it's worth, it started fermenting wildly within 7 hours of pitching. This is a good sign at least, correct?

Is there anything that should be done at this point to improve it?

The recipe was Winter Solstice Ale from The Clone Brew book, can't remember the author.
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Did you top off with water after brewing?

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You might get better advice if you post the recipe and what you did to brew it.

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