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Old 01-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
Sep 2011
Cary, NC
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Just moved a breakfast stout to secondary. Took a gravity reading, 1.014. Based on the recipe, it should be around 1.023. What does this difference mean. Will it affect the taste?

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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It means more of the sugars were fermentable and were. End result is a drier (less sweet) ale with more alcohol than expected. I wouldn't worry about it. If you like it you like it.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:47 AM   #3
Nov 2011
San Francisco, CA
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Did you use the yeast that the recipe called for? Different yeasts will convert different amounts of the sugar in the beer to alcohol (and will produce very different flavors)

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Old 01-03-2012, 02:04 AM   #4
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As long as the final gravity (FG by the way, not final OG) stays steady it sounds fine. 1.014 is a great FG. It may be a little thinner than the intended recipe, but should still be good. Check it again in a couple of days to see if it stays at 1.014.

I'd be curious about he recipe, and any changes you may have made - this might help figure out why it fermented further than expected.
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