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Old 01-26-2013, 04:43 AM   #801
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Brewed the extract version yesterday. Worried because my OG was only 1.040. I'm hoping my hydrometer was screwed up.
Lots of brewers get low readings if they use top off water. The water is usually a different temperature and a different gravity so it tends to stratify no matter how much you stir.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:45 AM   #802
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Lots of brewers get low readings if they use top off water. The water is usually a different temperature and a different gravity so it tends to stratify no matter how much you stir.
Not agreed. I have used top off water on several batches and never had a problem with low OG.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:07 AM   #803
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He said "lots of brewers," not "all brewers." Your experience is entirely consistent with his post.

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #804
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So I got a chance to brew this beer this weekend and it smells great in the primary already but I just realized that I added an entire 1lb bag of lactore, rather than just .5 lbs. Any thoughts on how this might affect the final product? I'm afraid it might be too sweet but am hoping it won't really be noticeable.

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Old 02-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #805
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So I got a chance to brew this beer this weekend and it smells great in the primary already but I just realized that I added an entire 1lb bag of lactore, rather than just .5 lbs. Any thoughts on how this might affect the final product? I'm afraid it might be too sweet but am hoping it won't really be noticeable.
Dry hop with some cocao nibs if you think it is too sweet. The bitterness from the nibs will cut through the extra sweetness.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #806
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It might help to add some expresso too. It all depends on what direction you want to take it.

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:34 PM   #807
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So I got a chance to brew this beer this weekend and it smells great in the primary already but I just realized that I added an entire 1lb bag of lactore, rather than just .5 lbs. Any thoughts on how this might affect the final product? I'm afraid it might be too sweet but am hoping it won't really be noticeable.
I used 12oz and I think it's great! I would leave it as is until you try it, serve a little colder and it might balance out. What I mean by that is; at 36f the bitterness comes through more, at 42f it is sweeter.

Or, dry hop as the others have suggested.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:02 AM   #808
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Dry hop with some cocao nibs if you think it is too sweet. The bitterness from the nibs will cut through the extra sweetness.
+1 for cocoa nibs. I want to try this again with a full pound of lactose and some extra roasted barley. Maybe some flaked oats too. Not sure yet. it needs a little more body in my opinion.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:53 PM   #809
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I brewed the AG recipe of this today... I added a pound of flaked oats to my batch, and since I upped the recipe to accommodate a 5.5gal batch I used a whole pound of lactose. That is what I have always used for a milk stout so I'm not worried about it. I had a couple packets of S-04 in the fridge so that is the yeast I went with. I was able to get everything I needed at the LHBS for under $30

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:55 AM   #810
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I have a few questions about deception stout. First off this was my first attempt at an ag stout.
My numbers
Pre boil SG 1.041
Post boil SG 1.057
1084 yeast (yeast starter used
36 days in fermentation
Final gravity 1.020
Transferred to keg w/ 2.4 units co2
After 6 days in keezer I decided to try a small sample. The beer tasted very sweet. Did I rack to the keg too soon? I'm guessing some of the sugar didn't convert.
Any suggestions would be great.

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