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Old 11-23-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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I currently have my version of a Holiday Ale in my primary right now; it is on its second full day of fermenting and the airlock is showing signs of activity. I generally like my beers in the 5.5%+ range and after using a ABV% calculator it estimates that my final product will be under 4.0% abv. Details:
OG: 1.06
FG (estimated): 1.03

I suppose this post is a two part question:
1) What is the recommended/average FG for a holiday ale? The research I've found thus far puts an ale at 1.03; but that seems high. FG of 1.025 puts me at 4.73% and FG of 1.02 is 5.3%
2) Is it safe to add additional sugar during the primary fermentation (i.e. dried malt, honey, etc.) to boost abv?

Thank you for the help!

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:52 PM   #2
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Well You always Risk Infection opening the Fermenter during Primary Fermentation, This Is also a Good reason to take a hydrometer reading prior to Pitching the Yeast. You could add some fermentable Sugar and spices to the secondary, Cinnamon, clove, etc. hope this has been helpful.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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Quick update: I've looked at other "holiday ale" recipes and the FG is starting to look like 1.015 to 1.02, which is more suitable for my tastes.

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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The FG will be determined by the strain of yeast you used ability to consume the sugars (basically). So, what yeast strain did you use?

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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The FG will be determined by the strain of yeast you used ability to consume the sugars (basically). So, what yeast strain did you use?
Two packages or Nottingham: http://www.danstaryeast.com/products...gham-ale-yeast

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:49 PM   #6
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What was your recipe? A FG of 1.030 is really high and I don't understand why you would estimate that. Many of my beers in the 1.060 range ferment out to 1.012 or so depending on recipe.

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:49 PM   #7
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22 grams of Notty should put you ~1015 and at that pitching rate I'd try to keep it on the cool end of the recommended fermen temps.

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:50 PM   #8
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What was your recipe? A FG of 1.030 is really high and I don't understand why you would estimate that. Many of my beers in the 1.060 range ferment out to 1.012 or so depending on recipe.
I was looking for some FG averages online and saw 1.03 for one or two; but as my research expanded I found some other FGs in the 1.012 to 1.02 range.

I'm not going to touch the beer until I see inactivity from the airlock; then I'll pull two sets of hydrometer readings to ensure I've reached the lowest FG.

Thanks for the advice!

 
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:54 PM   #9
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22 grams of Notty should put you ~1015 and at that pitching rate I'd try to keep it on the cool end of the recommended fermen temps.
I have the fermenter in my basement, in the shower stall. I would say that the temp averages between 62 F to 66 F. Unfortunately, my basement temperature is regulated by my first floor thermostat so I can't keep the basement considerably cooler for the fermenting. BTW, the first floor thermostat is controlled by my wife.

 
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