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Old 01-11-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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When making my mash I'm pretty sure I used half as much water as I was suppose to. My initial gravity was 1.5. After 24 hours it was 1.85. Still don't have any fermentation. Should I add water to my primary to bring it up to 5 gallons or just leave it where it is? Thanks!

4 lbs. Light Dried Male Extract
3 lbs. Extra Light Dried Malt Extract
1 bag Specialty Malt - German Dark Munich Malt
1.25 oz Perle Bittering Pellet Hops - 7.7 Alpha
.5 oz GKK Hallertauer Flavoring Whole Hops - 4.3 Alpha
.5 oz Czech Saaz Flavoring Whole Hops - 2.1 Alpha
1 Whirlflock tablet

I believe I only used .75 gallons of water in the mash instead of the recommended amount of 1.5 gallons. I added this mash to 3 gallons of water in my primary. I have just under 4 gallons total in my primary.

I used Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast and pitched at 60 degrees.



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Old 01-11-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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Not enough information to help here...

What ingredients and how much went into your 'mash'? 7 and 12 aren't gravity readings I'm familiar with... are those in BRIX?


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Old 01-11-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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I'm sorry it was 1.5 now it's 1.85.

4 lbs. Light Dried Male Extract
3 lbs. Extra Light Dried Malt Extract
1 bag Specialty Malt - German Dark Munich Malt
1.25 oz Perle Bittering Pellet Hops - 7.7 Alpha
.5 oz GKK Hallertauer Flavoring Whole Hops - 4.3 Alpha
.5 oz Czech Saaz Flavoring Whole Hops - 2.1 Alpha
1 Whirlflock tablet

I believe I only used .75 gallons of water in the mash instead of the recommended amount of 1.5 gallons. I added this mash to 3 gallons of water in my primary. I have just under 4 gallons total in my primary.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:05 PM   #4
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4 lbs. Light Dried Male Extract
Hmmmm, this may give you some off flavors

just give it some time to start fermenting, then check your gravity in a couple of weeks. What yeast did you use? and what temp did you pitch it at?
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:55 PM   #5
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I used Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast and pitched at 60 degrees.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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I just added 1 gallon of water to the primary. Now my concern is that the hops and malt were cut short and the beer will be weak.


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