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Old 09-08-2012, 09:24 PM   #391
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I Just ordered everything to make this! Can't wait!

I'll be bottling for the first time on this one! Giving a case of it away to friends that got married recently! Hopefully it turns out...

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Old 09-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #392
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Maybe bad crush?
I think you are right. Sorry I doubted you. Just brewed the another batch of grains I got the at the same time as the previous one and the OG was again significantly lower than target.

Looks like I gotta get my own grain mill...


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Old 09-13-2012, 05:31 PM   #393
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I like having my own mill. you can participate in group buys and get malts for around $.60 a pound.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #394
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Just bottled. smells amazing like vanilla and bourbon (used 4oz/4oz, heavy vanilla light makers). tasted like a bit of dark coffee with a hint of bouron (vanilla mostly just in the smell). i kept getting whiffs while bottling and it was all i could do from just pouring the rest of the fermenter straight into my mouth. haha.

i even got 5 bottles out from the lower volume that most people don't mess with, just so i didn't waste it. they'll settle out and be my taste testers.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:56 AM   #395
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I brewed up my third batch of this beer last weekend, still in the primary. Bought a whiskey barrel from farmhouse and plan to do an oaked version this time.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:13 AM   #396
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I just brewed a similar beer today, and I'm a bit worried...

Used 6 lbs light malt extract
2 lbs of amber liquid malt extract

Steeped these specialty grains for 30 min in 160 degree water...
1 lb chocolate malt
1lb Chrystal 60 L
.5 dark crystal malt (bairds malt)

1 oz williamette
1oz fuggle

I probably should have used more malt and perhaps a different hop (since the two are almost the same and are pretty much finishing hops)...

But my OG is 1.036!!! What did I do?! What can I do to fix this?!?!?

Also, I am soaking 3 vanilla beans in 12 oz of makers mark... But can hardly smell any vanilla. (I cut them up and everything). Will this result in hardly any vanilla flavor? Should I wait longer for the smell? I plan on using them in the secondary. Or should I get some oak chips too?

Orrrr am I totally screwed anyway because of such a low gravity reading? Im awaiting a response before pitching yeast.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:03 AM   #397
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How much water did you use?
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:29 PM   #398
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5 gallons
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #399
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5 gallons
If your batch was 5 gallons your OG can't be that low with that recipe. You probably just got a bad reading. Did you measure after you topped off? If so, you probably got an unmixed sample.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:27 AM   #400
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Yeah I know, but I took measurements twice and got the same results. The first time was right after I shook the whole fermenter to aerate.

I called my buddy and he told me to add some sugar. So I dissolved 2.5 lbs of sugar in a lil water, and dumped it in. (I already pitched the yeast the night before at about 8pm, then added sugar at 11am.)

I just took the gravity reading at 5pm, and its been bumped up to 1.080! And fermentation is going steady too. Smells delicious!
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