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Old 03-04-2010, 06:18 PM   #11
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Candi sugar is still in sucrose form, so I think the potential for cider flavors is there.
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Is that for 5 gallons? Because I get an OG closer to 1.080. If you've managed to keep the fermentation temperature down, you shouldn't have too much trouble with hot alcohol. If you look at the fermentable sugars, you at over half candi. That means your attenuation will be much higher than you planned. I wouldn't be surprised if the FG comes in below 1.010.
Yeah, it's 5 gallons. My planned OG was 1.065 assuming .75 efficiency for the DME (45 points) .7 for the LME (37 points) and .65 efficiency for the sugar (36 points).

The temp has been low 70's according to my brewmometer sticker, so probably somewhere in the mid 70's range?

I've been wondering about the amount of fermentable sugars in the extract (and accounting for it), but have yet to get to the actual research. Got any good links?
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LME, DME and sugar should be calculated at 100% efficiency, since the sugars are already there, and don't require conversion from starch.
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Candi sugar is still in sucrose form, so I think the potential for cider flavors is there.
I'm still not totally clear on all the sugar, I was under the impression that the cooking process caused some sort of chemical breakdown resulting in a simpler form.
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I'm still not totally clear on all the sugar, I was under the impression that the cooking process caused some sort of chemical breakdown resulting in a simpler form.
that depends largely opn whether or not the producer inverted the sugar prior to carmelizing it. Many just cook the sucrose. Acid has to be present to break the bonds of the sugar chain to reduce to simpler sugars (glucose and fructose)
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LME, DME and sugar should be calculated at 100% efficiency, since the sugars are already there, and don't require conversion from starch.
So if I consistantly miss my target OG (on the low side) using 100% efficiency, do you have some advice on what I might be doing wrong?
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Too much water. Not enough boil off. Striations with the top off.
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So if I consistantly miss my target OG (on the low side) using 100% efficiency, do you have some advice on what I might be doing wrong?
Either too much (or too little water), an inaccurate hydrometer, not having everything thoroughly mixed, or an inaccurate amount of ingredients.
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