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Old 12-05-2010, 04:00 AM   #1
MikeyM
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Hi Everyone, great forum. Thanks for all the usefull posts. So this is my first post here. I've brewed about 10 batches so far and today I brewed a hybrid batch of IPA today with just under 3 lbs of grain and what was supposed to be 5.5 lbs. DME. Upon checking the OG I found that it is 1.098 instead of around 1.055 like it should be; really high, right? The recepie called for 5.5 lbs of malt extract but as I was pouring in the DME the bag sliped and dumped a total of 6 lbs. in - total rookie move. I have it in a 6.5 gallon fermenter with 5 total gallons in it. Should I add water to adjust or just leave it and see how it finishes out? If so, how much? Should I wait until it finishes fermenting and add water then or not at all? It has not started fermentation as of yet since I just dumped the yeast in but if I do need to add water I would think I need to do it pretty quick. Any advice would be appreciated. If I just have to live with it, maybe I can call this a "kick your booty Christmas Ale"

Thanks alot fellas!

Mikey

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Old 12-05-2010, 04:05 AM   #2
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Make sure the wort is mixed VERY well and take another gravity reading. My vote is you grabbed a sample of concentrated wort that hadn't completely mixed with the water
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:08 AM   #3
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I agree with Germelli, chances are that the wort wasn't mixed well enough. No way another 1/2 lb of DME would increase your gravity that much.

 
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:11 AM   #4
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Adding 0.5lb of DME should have raised the OG by only 0.005 not 0.043 as you are reporting.

Something else is WRONG. Rechech the hydro reading.

Edit: +1 on the mixing problem.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:32 AM   #5
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Make sure and spin your hydro, air bubbles can give false readings. What temperature was the wort when took a reading? Check your hydro with distilled water make sure it's good. Something is a miss for sure.

 
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:33 AM   #6
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Wow, thanks for the quick replies, guys. I think you're right and that is exactly what happened. Should have realized that. We ended up with about a 2.5 gallon boil and added water to the carboy but I just checked with my buddy who I brew with - he said that while I was cleaning up, he racked from the 2.5-3 gallons in the brewpot into the beaker. I think that did it. I'll check the gravity and post up in a bit.

Thanks again, guys.. really appreciate it!

Mikey

 
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:35 AM   #7
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Any time you do a partial boil and top up with water you end up with more concentrated wort at the bottom of the fermenter and more dilute wort at the top. I have my kid stir the living crap out of it, then I take my sample while she's still stirring it. Helps to aerate it as well.

 
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:05 AM   #8
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Crisis averted, situation normal! You guys were right - I just took a reading and it's right at 1.056.. perfect!

Thanks again, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Mikey

 
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