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Old 06-09-2009, 06:15 PM   #1
Mar 2008
Attleboro, MA
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I just brewed a Belgian Wit and am trying to figure out what is going on with the fermentation. I brewed on 5/30. Within a day or so I had good bubbling going in the blowoff. The fermentation temp was 66 so I moved it next to my furnace thinking this was too low for a Belgian yeast. The next day it was around 68-72 but stopped bubbling. I swirled it a bit and then let it go. I just checked the gravity after 9 days in primary and I'm at 1.019 where I should be at 1.011. I hit my OG of 1.043.

Here is the recipe:

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 3.00 gal
Boil Size: 2.88 gal
Estimated OG: 1.043 SG
Estimated Color: 3.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 18.7 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount Item Type % or IBU
1 lbs DME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Dry Extract 22.83 %
2 lbs Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 45.66 %
1 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.2 SRM) Grain 22.83 %
6.1 oz Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 8.68 %
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min) Hops 18.7 IBU
0.40 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.40 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Belgian Wheat Yeast (Wyeast Labs #3942) Yeast-Wheat

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 3.38 lb
Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 4.23 qt of water at 163.1 F 150.0 F

Note it's a 3 Gallon, Partial Mash batch.

I am thinking that maybe I didn't get good conversion on my partial mashing? Did I need more 2 row to convert the wheat? However, since I hit my OG does that mean I did have conversion? Do unfermentable sugars affect the OG?

It tastes like a wit - just very green at this point as you would expect.

Anyway, I'm NOT going to ask "is my beer ruined?" I am just puzzled as to why the gravity is so high. Any thoughts?
Primary: In Planning!
Secondary: None

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Old 06-09-2009, 06:36 PM   #2
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Let it sit for two more weeks and take another gravity reading...
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