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caustin 11-09-2012 06:31 AM

Where did I go wrong?
 
So, I just finished up my second round of brewing. First was a Brewer's Best American light. This time I was doing a fat tire clone out of BYO with the recipe here.
The only difference is I used Yooper's advice of a different boil schedule of 60min-will, 20 min-Fuggle, 15 min-Irish Moss and the rest of the fuggle at flameout. Found here.
I thought everything went great. Smelled great, no boil overs, cooled down relatively quickly, but when I took the OG I had a 1.070. The target was supposed to be 1.05. I only have the 6.5 gallon Ale Pale and the 5 gallon better bottle. So, what's the best way to bring down the OG? Or, should I just leave it and let the beer do it's thing? :mug:

baddagger 11-09-2012 06:37 AM

when u made your beer did you do a full 6.5 gallon brew.. or did u boil a 2-3 gallons of water and put it in the carboy and then make the wort out of 3-4gallons and then mixed it up in the carboy? cause if this is what u did then probly u just did not get all the sugars mixed up enoff to get a real reading..

but even if u did not do this .. just let it be.. it will be fine.. it will just have a little bit more of a kick

Ogri 11-09-2012 06:39 AM

Unless you seriously undershot on your batch volume you shouldn't have any real worries. Have you definitely got at least 5 Gallons of wort in primary??

Ogri 11-09-2012 06:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by baddagger (Post 4572294)
cause if this is what u did then probly u just did not get all the sugars mixed up enoff to get a real reading..

Yeah, I was kinda leaning towards that but if DME was added at the beginning there's no way it wouldn't mix during an hour of boiling. Or is there? I know that the late addition LME and lack of thorough mixing can lead to some pretty high OG readings.

caustin 11-09-2012 06:48 AM

Well, I only did a 2.75 gallon boil due to an electric stove and a smaller pot. I added the DME at the beginner. I didn't see any clumps when I moved the wort into the fermentor. Could I take a reading tomorrow morning and have an accurate reading?

caustin 11-09-2012 06:49 AM

And one more, I definitely have 5 gallons in the fermentor. At least it's a touch over the 5 gallon mark on the bucket.

Ogri 11-09-2012 06:54 AM

So you had 2.75 gallons of wort from your pot and added that to the fermenter with top up water to reach your volume of 5 gallons?? If taht's the case it's definitely possible that you didn't manage to get the two liquids to mix thoroughly and your SG reading was made up of, mostly, the denser of the two. In which case you needn't worry.:ban::mug:

AndrewD 11-09-2012 06:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ogri (Post 4572296)
Yeah, I was kinda leaning towards that but if DME was added at the beginning there's no way it wouldn't mix during an hour of boiling. Or is there? I know that the late addition LME and lack of thorough mixing can lead to some pretty high OG readings.

I think what he was getting at is the possibility that the top up water did not fully mix with the boiled wort, which could give a high gravity reading as the sweeter liquid would tend to be at the bottom of the vessel where the testing sample is drawn from.

caustin 11-09-2012 06:58 AM

Sounds like a good deal then. I'll just not worry about the og then and look for my fg sometime next week.


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