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Old 03-12-2009, 01:30 AM   #61
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Uh oh...the 10g Dead Guy Clone I made is at 1.026 after 3.5 weeks. I mashed at 158F per recipe guidelines. I had it in a 64F water bath for 3 weeks & witnessed vigorous fermentation not long after I pitched the Pacman yeast.

When I measured the gravity at 1.026 after 3 weeks, I stirred up the yeast in both carboys & put them in the house at 74F room temp. They have been at 74F for 5 days now & today I measured gravity again & it's still at 1.026.

However, I see a tiny bit of airlock activity, but these are in better bottles & I can't tell if that's from minor temp. swings in the house or not.

What do I do? How long do I wait before accepting that fermentation is complete & this will be a very malty sweet beer?

I need these carboys soon for dry hopping the LWPA batch. This is messing with my brew schedule.
With pacman yeast, I've had it finish as low as 1.012 or so even with a higher mash temp and cool fermentation temperatures. Do you want to try adding some dry nottingham and see if it'll give you about 8 more points of attenuation? This beer really is good at 1.016-1.018 or so.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:47 PM   #62
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Thanks Yooper. I went ahead & threw some Nottingham in there this morning. Can't hurt anything.

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Both batches (US05 and WLP001) are right around 1.018~1.019 after almost 4 weeks in primary. I'll be using the yeastcakes after I rack to kegs for an Hop Tea Amber. Basic amber from "Brewing Classic Styles" with a nice dry hop in secondary.

Also looking to try yeast washing with half of the yeastcake from each batch. Should be a fun weekend!

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With pacman yeast, I've had it finish as low as 1.012 or so even with a higher mash temp and cool fermentation temperatures. Do you want to try adding some dry nottingham and see if it'll give you about 8 more points of attenuation? This beer really is good at 1.016-1.018 or so.
Turns out my Thermometer has been reading about 3-4F too low past couple batches. I think this could be why mine finished at 1.026. I had a Munich Dunkel also finished high on me recently. Pretty sure the thermometer was the issue.
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When you switched to Xldme did you re calculate the recipe to convert the Lme to 3.2 pounds DME....making a total of 7.2 pounds XLDME...or did you use 8 pounds?
Either I missed it or this never got answered.
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In the recipe in the first post you mention 4 lbs DME and 4 lbs LME. You mention you substituted all with DME. Did you use 8 lbs DME or did you use less to compensate for the LME -> DME substitution?
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In the recipe in the first post you mention 4 lbs DME and 4 lbs LME. You mention you substituted all with DME. Did you use 8 lbs DME or did you use less to compensate for the LME -> DME substitution?
I've done it a couple of times with the LME and DME, and I have substituted all DME once or twice. When I sub with DME, I adjust the amount to give me the same OG, so I would have used 7 pounds of DME.
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Yooper, Thanks for a great recipe!
The US05 batch comes really close to Dead Guy. Both it and the WLP001 finished around 1.018, so there is a nice malty sweetness to them. However, there is a bit of banana, clove taste to the WLP001. It's not a bad thing. Similar to a weizenbock taste and I love weizenbock. I'm wondering if it's common to the yeast or if I have somehting hanging around in my fermenter.

No matter what, it's a recipe I'll be doing again. I'm also starting to look into my water profile and want to fit the water to the beer a bit better. My water now is best for darker beers. Want to get a little more crispness in my lighter beers.

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I've done it a couple of times with the LME and DME, and I have substituted all DME once or twice. When I sub with DME, I adjust the amount to give me the same OG, so I would have used 7 pounds of DME.
Sorry if I'm being too picky, but 7.0 pounds or 7.2 pounds like Revvy suggested?
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