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Old 02-24-2013, 09:52 PM   #1141
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You can also try adding a few drops of amylase enzyme which your local shop should have
I can put that in the fermenter? Would that help reduce the unfermentables I have in there due to messed up mash temp?
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:09 PM   #1142
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I can put that in the fermenter? Would that help reduce the unfermentables I have in there due to messed up mash temp?
Yes and yes. Just start with a few drops and wait a few days. Too much and you'll have hot, cidery beer
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:29 AM   #1143
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Yes and yes. Just start with a few drops and wait a few days. Too much and you'll have hot, cidery beer
Thanks for the tip. I had not heard of that product before.
I will give it another week and see if it is in fact stopped fermentaion and maybe add the enzymes then. One other thought I had, since I boiled off more then expected I thought I could maybe make my priming solution with extra water to dilute the entire batch.
Any thoughts on that idea?

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Thanks for the tip. I had not heard of that product before.
I will give it another week and see if it is in fact stopped fermentaion and maybe add the enzymes then. One other thought I had, since I boiled off more then expected I thought I could maybe make my priming solution with extra water to dilute the entire batch.
Any thoughts on that idea?

Thanks again.
personally I'd go with the enzyme. The balance of the beer is at stake, ya know?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:56 PM   #1145
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Just beware... pure alpha amylase can work uncontrollably and dry the living bejesus out of a beer if you use too much.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:14 PM   #1146
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Just beware... pure alpha amylase can work uncontrollably and dry the living bejesus out of a beer if you use too much.

Just my $0.02
Thanks for the feedback. On the advise of a friend, I moved my fermenter to a warmer place (up to 66F from 62F) and gave it a small swirl and seem to have a bit more activity going again. So I plan to wait a week and see how it goes.
If I do get the AA, I will be careful with it, but currently at 1.040 I have some points to give. But thus far I am having trouble getting it. My LHBS is about 1 hour away. They have a 2 ounces portion for about $3, which is fine but the $12.50 for shipping is not so good.

I'll kick back with a few colds ones this week and see how it goes.
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Just beware... pure alpha amylase can work uncontrollably and dry the living bejesus out of a beer if you use too much.

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Right, which us why I said just a few drops. It's volatile
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Just a quick update. After another full week of no movement on the gravity (still at 1.040 and not drinkable), I finally went to my LHBS and picked up the Alpha Amylase Enzyme. I used some other posts I found where people stated how much they used and how many points it changed their gravity to calculate an amount. I dropped it in when I got home around 6:15 and by 7:30 there is a new kraussen forming already.
I really enjoyed this beer when I had the version a friend had brewed, I really hope this turns out.

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out of curiosity how much did you add?

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out of curiosity how much did you add?
I read someone had used 2 teaspoons (it was a powder form I found) and brought down the gravity 8 points. I did only a 2.5G batch, but also need to drop the gravity about 23 points. So I went with a pinch over 2 teaspoons.

It was undrinkable, so it is worth the risk and seems to be bubbling away nicely right now. Hopefully I guessed the correct amount and it stops somewhere in a drinkable range.

I will taking readings this weekend and post back the result for you info.

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