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Old 02-19-2012, 10:01 PM   #21
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Alright guys, here is the story again. Our recipe calls for an O.G. of 1.061. After brewing for some reason we only hit 1.041!?!?...So I did what you guys had suggested to get back up there. I took a reading before I started and it was 1.038 down from 1.041. So technically I needed to get to 1.058. By the time it was all said and done (fermentation was still going strong and bubbling into my blow-off bucket during this whole procedure) I was able to get a gravity of 1.056 which I am thinking should be right around where need to be. Wasn't too tough but very time consuming. Thanks again for all the help everyone!


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Let me know if this sounds right? Any input will help!


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Alright guys, here is the story again. Our recipe calls for an O.G. of 1.061. After brewing for some reason we only hit 1.041!?!?...So I did what you guys had suggested to get back up there. I took a reading before I started and it was 1.038 down from 1.041. So technically I needed to get to 1.058. By the time it was all said and done (fermentation was still going strong and bubbling into my blow-off bucket during this whole procedure) I was able to get a gravity of 1.056 which I am thinking should be right around where need to be. Wasn't too tough but very time consuming. Thanks again for all the help everyone!
How long had it been fermenting at this point?
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:36 AM   #25
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How long had it been fermenting at this point?
Not even a full day...15hrs or so...but it was fermenting very well before I did this process and it is fermenting just as good if not better now...so must have done something right...
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Sounds reasonable to me. Let us know how it turns out.

Might want to rig a blow-off tube just in case this really kicks ferm into high-gear.
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So we just brewed an All-Grain recipe of an IPA. Our O.G. should have been 1.061 and for some reason it turned out to be 1.041?!?!? Is there anything we can do at this point? We just put it into the primary and pitched the yeast. This has never happened before...Every beer we have made we have hit our O.G. dead on. Any suggestions? Thanks
It's too late now, but I take a gravity reading about 15 min. before what I think the end of the boil will be. If I'm not close, I keep boiling until I am, then add the finishing hops.
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It's too late now, but I take a gravity reading about 15 min. before what I think the end of the boil will be. If I'm not close, I keep boiling until I am, then add the finishing hops.
this.

and this is where a refractometer comes in handy - one drop has cooled by the time I'm looking thru the device, so no temp corrections. If I know what I want my target to be, I can adjust up or down (malt or water) prior to completing that step.


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