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Old 01-14-2014, 03:00 AM   #551
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Well, I didn't manage to hit the target OG. Its at 1.06 at 95f, so about 1.065. I'm not sure why, but I did notice that my mash, which started at 154, had cooled to 145 over the hour. Seems like the cooler isn't holding the temperature up, so maybe that explains it. I still think it'll be a good beer.

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Well, I didn't manage to hit the target OG. Its at 1.06 at 95f, so about 1.065. I'm not sure why, but I did notice that my mash, which started at 154, had cooled to 145 over the hour. Seems like the cooler isn't holding the temperature up, so maybe that explains it. I still think it'll be a good beer.
I doubt that had anything to do with it. Maybe the mill wasn't tight enough to mill the rye sufficiently.
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I doubt that had anything to do with it. Maybe the mill wasn't tight enough to mill the rye sufficiently.
Oh, that could be! I actually recall the guy at the Home Brew store talking to someone last week about having to adjust the mill for his rye, which we did not do for my grain. Never even thought about that. Oh well, whatever the cause, what's done is done. This beer is super active. It's like a vortex.

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Old 01-17-2014, 04:18 AM   #554
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Denny, In the Zymurgy recipe it says to add gypsum to the boil and not the mash to lower PH. Is this correct? or does the rye need a higher PH?

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Denny, In the Zymurgy recipe it says to add gypsum to the boil and not the mash to lower PH. Is this correct? or does the rye need a higher PH?
No, it's because with my water, the pH turns out fine with no mash additions. Since I don't want to change the mash pH, I add the gypsum to the kettle instead. I also use more gypsum these days than I used to. I target about 200-250 ppm. Somewhere in this thread, I posted my water report if you're interested.
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No, it's because with my water, the pH turns out fine with no mash additions. Since I don't want to change the mash pH, I add the gypsum to the kettle instead. I also use more gypsum these days than I used to. I target about 200-250 ppm. Somewhere in this thread, I posted my water report if you're interested.
Yeah Ive seen it but wanted to clarify. Just joined AHA so I was scrolling threw the articles and recipes. thanks
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Started the dry hop tonight. Columbus hops sure do smell great! Beer seemed cloudy though; hopefully it will clear up a little in secondary. May cold crash to help...

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Racked this one today, and it looks great. I overshot the sparge water (explains my low grav) so there's 5.5 gallons and a glass, which I'm just drinking as it. It's delicious.

I might make labels for this one, calling it "The Wrath of Conn"

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Bottled 10 gallons of this last light, err this morning? I really need to start kegging...

I need a sanity check:
I thought my FG was high at 1.018 and was wondering where my problem could have been. I was suspecting it could have been because 1 of the smack-packs I bought was old. (Yes I got a discount on it!) Knowing I had one fresh and one old smack-pack, I did a starter and stepped it up once but maybe this still wasn't enough good yeast...

However, after searching this thread I'm now thinking there is no problem and I shouldn't fear 4 cases of bottle bombs? RDWAHAHB

OG = 1.073
FG = 1.018

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Bottled 10 gallons of this last light, err this morning? I really need to start kegging...

I need a sanity check:
I thought my FG was high at 1.018 and was wondering where my problem could have been. I was suspecting it could have been because 1 of the smack-packs I bought was old. (Yes I got a discount on it!) Knowing I had one fresh and one old smack-pack, I did a starter and stepped it up once but maybe this still wasn't enough good yeast...

However, after searching this thread I'm now thinking there is no problem and I shouldn't fear 4 cases of bottle bombs? RDWAHAHB

OG = 1.073
FG = 1.018

Thoughts?
If it's stable at 1.018 and it's been a while since you brewed it, it's done.
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