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Old 11-20-2011, 02:31 PM   #391
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I kegged my 10 gallon batch that I made on Nov. 2nd yesterday. Did not end up with as low FG as I was hoping for, only got to 1.020 but started with 1.063. Mash efficiency was at 95%.

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:09 PM   #392
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why does the recipe on brewmasterswarehouse.com have 2 packages of danstar nottingham yeast, and the recipe here has only 1 package?

I only used one, so I'm just wondering should I add another?

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:52 PM   #393
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Who knows. You definitely don't need 2 pkgs of yeast for a 5 gal batch if the yeast is good and pitched properly. Maybe they put 2 in there in case one doesn't take off - happens sometimes.

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Old 11-21-2011, 09:23 AM   #394
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Did not end up with as low FG as I was hoping for, only got to 1.020 but started with 1.063. Mash efficiency was at 95%.
Check your hydrometer with some 60 degreeF water. My guess is it is off because nobody gets 95% mash efficiency. I'm thinking both your readings are too high... Indicating you need a new hydrometer. I've had offset hydrometers too, seems semi-common from what I've seen.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:20 PM   #395
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Check your hydrometer with some 60 degreeF water. My guess is it is off because nobody gets 95% mash efficiency. I'm thinking both your readings are too high... Indicating you need a new hydrometer. I've had offset hydrometers too, seems semi-common from what I've seen.
Hydrometer is dead on. I am using a clone of Kal's Electric Brewery which gets 90 to 95 percent efficiency all the time. I set my beersmith to adjust accordingly.

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:09 PM   #396
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Hmm, my advice would be to use 2 packs of yeast next time, at 63 OG, you may even want to consider 3 packs. Also, if you want to ensure you have fermentables, mash at 145 and then 155 for 45 minutes each. Also make sure you ferment around 60 or so for Notty... Otherwise, consider using Cali with proper starter and aeration.

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Old 11-23-2011, 08:16 PM   #397
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Hydrometer is dead on. I am using a clone of Kal's Electric Brewery which gets 90 to 95 percent efficiency all the time. I set my beersmith to adjust accordingly.
95% is indeed what I get. Though consistent efficiency is more important than high efficiency (IMHO).

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I would check to make sure you actually mashed at where you think you did, make sure to aerate well, make sure you ferment at the right and stable temp, and pitch a little over 1 pack of Notty per 5 gals for a 1.063 OG beer. 2 is certainly a lot but not overkill. 1 pack should be fine however, especially if you ferment at around 68F.

There's also been issues with Nottingham recalls in the past so who knows - maybe you've got a bad one?

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I did this brew two weeks ago and substituted 2row for Maris otter and hit 1.064

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Old 12-16-2011, 10:38 PM   #399
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This recipe has been pending on my "to brew" list for a while and it will be my next brew. However, I recently ran into a recipe for a Pecan Brown Ale that intrigued me. It seemed a bit overly sweet for my taste though. Would this recipe make a reasonable base for adding pecans? Pondering the possibilities.

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This recipe has been pending on my "to brew" list for a while and it will be my next brew. However, I recently ran into a recipe for a Pecan Brown Ale that intrigued me. It seemed a bit overly sweet for my taste though. Would this recipe make a reasonable base for adding pecans? Pondering the possibilities.
I think so. I would stick to pecan "flavoring" though (like the Loran's candy flavoring), maybe with a small amount of caramelized "sugar" (which would dry out, but leave the "caramel" essence), and then some lactose for creamyness.

From all I've read, you don't want to use actual "pecans" as there's some sort of bad chemistry that goes on with using fats in brewing.

This is a really nice, simple recipe. Mine finished at 1.055. It's carbing up / conditioning in the bottles right now.
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