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Old 08-12-2012, 04:00 AM   #1
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Today I brewed a Clone for tank 7. Everything went well except I collected less wort than expected out of the mash tun. I was in a hurry so I just added a gallon of water to the boil kettle. I know I need to work on my efficiencies but will leave that for another thread. I ended up with the correct amount of wort for the fermenter but I had a OG of 1.055 not the 1.075 expected.

I'm thinking of adding a pound or so of light DME but I don't know how best to add it. I don't really want to add much to the volume in the fermenter since I'm already where it needs to be. If it is still fermenting heavily and really churning away can i just drop the DME in the fermenter letting the active yeast mix it up, or does it have to be boiled? I have never used extracts before.

I would appreciate any advice.

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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DME and LME need to be boiled and stirred so that it completely disolves. I understand that you don't want to add any volume to the fermenter, but the best suggestion that I can make is to mix a small amount of water with a little bit of DME and mix to disolve, then add a little more DME and mix to disolve. Do that until you have a small amount of very high gravity wort. Doing this will require at least a half gallon of water.

With that said, if I were in your shoes, I'd just leave it. A 1.055 beer is still going to be a pretty decent beer.


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Old 08-12-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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It will actually dissolve better in cold water, but still needs to be boiled to be sanitized. I would also recommend against just adding it to the fermenter. Boil in water first.
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Possible contamination issues. Better safe than sorry you don't have any beer at all.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I'm going to leave it as is.

Marcus

BTW htc, I LOVE your signature. If you don't mind me steeling this I'm going to have it framed and put in my bar.


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