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Old 07-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Finished my first all grain batch a few minutes ago.. Problem is I ended up with slightly more wort than anticipated.. Probably somewhere closer to 5.75-6 gallons rather than 5 gallons. What can I expect from this batch? Am I to worry that I collected to much wort? No sight glass on the kettle yet, so was eye balling the 5 gallons till i was able to measure it in my carboy.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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What where your gravity readings? As long as your close to the expected gravity readings the only thing you have to worry about is the ibu's being slightly off and if you have enough bottles for the extra gallon.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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What where your gravity readings? As long as your close to the expected gravity readings the only thing you have to worry about is the ibu's being slightly off and if you have enough bottles for the extra gallon.
well post boil gravity readings came in around 1.043... Its a shelter pale ale clone. the anticipated OG is 1.058..

When I measured pre boil, after mash i came in around 1.024 @ 144 degrees.

Still new to all this so not sure where this leaves me..
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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Well it will still be beer just a little thinner and a little less abv then anticipated.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:14 AM   #5
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well post boil gravity readings came in around 1.043... Its a shelter pale ale clone. the anticipated OG is 1.058..

When I measured pre boil, after mash i came in around 1.024 @ 144 degrees.

Still new to all this so not sure where this leaves me..
Next time, cool the preboil sample to under 90 degrees, and then take the reading and then do the temperature correction. A sample over 100 degrees is worthless, even with the temperature correction tables- they just aren't accurate over 90+ degrees.

Anyway, you'll have less ABV and a bit less hoppiness, and a bit thinner beer. But no worries- it'll still be good!
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:26 AM   #6
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Good to know. I'm guessing there isn't much to do about the abv. Would tossing a few simcoe hops in the fermenter bring things around? Or best to leave it be??
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:41 AM   #7
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:08 AM   #8
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Is this more to blame do to the fact i collected to much wort or is something else in my process needing work?
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:20 AM   #9
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Is this more to blame do to the fact i collected to much wort or is something else in my process needing work?
You collected too much wort and you may have not gotten a great crush so your efficiency is down and your gravity is off but it will still be beer just not quite the beer you might have expected.

AG brewing has a lot going on and a lot of factors go into it. As you brew you will learn more and refine the process and things get better, much better

Keep reading these forums and get some books, How to Brew and Brewing better Beer are two I recommend, packed full of everything you need to know about AG brewing!
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:23 AM   #10
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Next time, cool the preboil sample to under 90 degrees, and then take the reading and then do the temperature correction. A sample over 100 degrees is worthless, even with the temperature correction tables- they just aren't accurate over 90+ degrees.

Anyway, you'll have less ABV and a bit less hoppiness, and a bit thinner beer. But no worries- it'll still be good!
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What about during a fly sparge? To measure when to stop when runnings hit 1.010. Should I have a small bucket of ice water to cool my wort in my sample?

 
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