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Old 12-03-2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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I recently brewed a red ale and the original gravity reading came out low1.030). Foolishly I went ahead with fermentation and now have a finished beer that is ridiculously low in final gravity. My question is can I do anything to fix this now that fermentation is complete? Can I add extract and re-heat, and then re-pitch the yeast? If so, what is the best way to do this? Any suggestions are appreciated.



 
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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I don't really know what you mean by "fix." I wouldn't mess with it. Without knowing your exact FG, I would say you are within the low end of the style for ABV. Just drink it and enjoy it and start your next batch.



 
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:16 PM   #3
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How you fix it is learn by your mistakes, rebrew immediately and throw a "I was foolish" party in order to drink that beer.

I mean that honestly. I brewed my first three batches prior to drinking my first batch and they each were progressively better because it is the process that you need to get down more than the recipes or style.

Edit: Damnit, beat me to it!
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:16 PM   #4
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I wouldn't mess with it now, just enjoy your "light" version of red ale. You never know, it just may turned out to be a fantastic tasting beer.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:21 PM   #5
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What exactly is a "ridiculously low" final gravity?
So you made a more alcoholic light red. Kudos to you, I've been trying to drop the FG on my red ale down to the 1.008-1.003 range for awhile.

It's still beer. Carb it and drink it.

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:24 PM   #6
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Oh, and who knows, if your OG and FG were both lower than expected maybe your hydrometer is not calibrated correctly, or your temps were off when you took the reading. Anyway, like Scooby_Brew says (awesome name btw), you've probably just created a good Red Ale Lite.

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:30 PM   #7
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The FG is .90, very low. I have 66 IBUs of hops in this thing. It's extremely off balanced. Does anyone know if I can add extract and re-pitch the yeast?

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:31 PM   #8
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I wouldn't do anything to try to change the ABV, but if it's too light in body and you just can't stand it, you can add a little maltodextrin at bottling time. That's all I'd do to it. Other than that, go with what the other wisemen have said. Enjoy it as it is and brew another.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:33 PM   #9
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The FG is .90, very low. I have 66 IBUs of hops in this thing. It's extremely off balanced. Does anyone know if I can add extract and re-pitch the yeast?
I think your hydrometer is broken!
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:35 PM   #10
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I think your hydrometer is broken!
That's what I was thinking. I'll have to look at my hydrometer and see if it goes that low!


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