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Old 02-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Kit didn't produce the % that I want

Working on a munich dark lager from a kit. Its been sitting for about a month now, and is ready to go into bottles.

Started at 1.040 and now its at 1.016 which should give me about %3

This is a bit lower then I was expecting. I was hoping for the 4.5-5% range.

Two questions:

Is there anything I can do at this point to increase this?

For next time, is there anything I can do if I use the same kit? (ie add more goodies at the beginning? and what would those goodies be?)

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Old 02-25-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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Can you post the recipe and method if it was AG?


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Old 02-25-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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What kit? Who's?
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
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What was the kit, and what ingredients came with it? Did the kit advertise what the alcohol % should be?

Assuming you followed the directions to a t, incuding adding all of the extract, using the correct amount of water, your alcohol % should be exactly what the kit advertises. Did it say what your OG should have been? A lot of times, new extract brewers don't mix properly when taking the SG. This is especially common when top up water is used. If not mixed fully, your OG reading will be inaccurate.
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what is suppose to be the OG and FG. You can add some sugar to increas the ABV but it will dry it out a little which is okay since your FG is 1.016
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Is there anything I can do at this point to increase this?
You could try re-pitching with a different yeast strain.

Edit: *Your FG is already at an acceptable level, so this may not do any good for you. Edcculus might be right. Maybe your OG measurement was off. What the the OG supposed to be?*

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For next time, is there anything I can do if I use the same kit? (ie add more goodies at the beginning? and what would those goodies be?)
Add some corn sugar next time. It is almost 100% fermentable.

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First of all, no there's nothing you can do now other than drink it and enjoy it anyway.

Second of all, for next time, it depends. One of three things could have happened: You could have messed up somehow, the kit could just be wrong, or it could be designed to produce a 3% beer and everything actually worked just right. If you could post the recipe, we could see what OG it theoretically should have produced to see whether you need to modify the recipe or your technique.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:44 PM   #8
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A lot of times, new extract brewers don't mix properly when taking the SG. This is especially common when top up water is used. If not mixed fully, your OG reading will be inaccurate.
Experienced brewers also make the same mistake sometimes.

And have you calibrated your hydrometer? It's not uncommon for them to be a few points off, so your FG may be lower than you think.

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Old 02-25-2010, 09:46 PM   #9
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It was The Munich Dark Lager extract kit. The instructions say S.G. should start at 1.055-1.040 and end below 1.020. which it did.

I guess its just designed to come out this way.
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Do they send you the wort, and you just add the yeast? If so you got hosed, that kit claims to be 1.055, there's no way it should be lower than that.


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