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Old 01-24-2011, 02:30 AM   #1
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My past two beers have not finished lower than 1.02...they never taste sweet, but that damned hydrometer won't sink past the 1.02 line. My latest stout was just racked to secondary after a week -- 1.02!

My past two beers:

Specs Below:

American Amber
Code:
Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
7.50 lb       Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)            Grain        66.08 %       
1.50 lb       Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)              Grain        13.22 %       
1.00 lb       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)     Grain        8.81 %        
0.75 lb       Victory Malt (25.0 SRM)                   Grain        6.61 %        
0.50 lb       Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)              Grain        4.41 %        
0.10 lb       Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)           Grain        0.88 %        
1.75 oz       Cascade [4.17 %]  (60 min)                Hops         23.3 IBU      
1.50 oz       Cascade [4.17 %]  (30 min)                Hops         15.4 IBU      
1.00 oz       Cascade [4.17 %]  (1 min)                 Hops         0.6 IBU       
1 Pkgs        American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272)
O.G. 1.055
F.G. 1.020


Dry Stout
Code:
Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
7.50 lb       Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)            Grain        66.08 %       
1.50 lb       Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)              Grain        13.22 %       
1.00 lb       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)     Grain        8.81 %        
0.75 lb       Victory Malt (25.0 SRM)                   Grain        6.61 %        
0.50 lb       Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)              Grain        4.41 %        
0.10 lb       Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)           Grain        0.88 %        
1.75 oz       Cascade [4.17 %]  (60 min)                Hops         23.3 IBU      
1.50 oz       Cascade [4.17 %]  (30 min)                Hops         15.4 IBU      
1.00 oz       Cascade [4.17 %]  (1 min)                 Hops         0.6 IBU       
1 Pkgs        American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272)
O.G. 1.051
F.G. Just racked to secondary...1.02. I pitched a fresh pack of Notty to see if I couldn't get a few more points off.

Both beers were mashed at about 152-153...fermented at 68. I used a starter with the American Ale II, and rehydrated according to spec for the Notty.

Why oh why?

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:32 AM   #2
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First things first, calibrate your themometer, and I see no real reason for the carapils in your brews.


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Old 01-24-2011, 02:57 AM   #3
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I have to agree with the Schnitz, calibrate your thermometer in boiling water, sounds like it is reading low, so you are mashing higher than you think.

Second, your two recipes look suspiciously similar, a posting error perhaps?

Third, I would back off on the unfermentables, carapils isn't very fermentable, and a pound of c-40 will lend to a higher FG as well.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:22 AM   #4
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My mistake on the second beer:

Stout
Code:
Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
5.50 lb       Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)          Grain        61.11 %       
1.50 lb       Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                  Grain        16.67 %       
1.00 lb       Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM)                Grain        11.11 %       
0.50 lb       Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM)    Grain        5.56 %        
0.50 lb       Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)                Grain        5.56 %        
2.60 oz       Fuggles [5.10 %]  (60 min)                Hops         44.5 IBU      
1 Pkgs        Nottingham (Danstar #-)                   Yeast-Ale

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:43 AM   #5
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Ummm... Don't secondary?

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:51 AM   #6
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Quote:
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ummm... Don't secondary?
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:59 AM   #7
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Do you oxygenate before pitching? Since I started oxygenating I have no trouble hitting FG...in fact sometimes my beers attenuate a little too much. I also always primary 2-3 weeks.

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:58 AM   #8
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Care to clarify on the "don't secondary?"

Wort is well oxygenated. Each beer spends a 7-10 days in primary before the consistent hydrometer readings inspire the secondary.

Hrm...I wonder if my hydrometer is broken...

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:19 PM   #9
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What are your fermentation temps. Beers tend to give up around 1.020 when they get cold ( in my experience ). Do you aerate?
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:07 PM   #10
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How large is the starter and what was viability of the yeast before you pitched into the starter wort?


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