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Old 09-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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I just brewed a pumpkin ale and i was supposed to get an OG of 1.060 and I got 1.040 is that bad? where did i go wrong?
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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Extract, Partial, or All Grain?
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Partial. I steeped about a pound of grain for half hour
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My guess is that you actually got 1.060, but you measured 1.040 due to inadequate mixing of the top off water.
1 lb grain could contribute about 5 points to a 5 gallon batch, not the 20 points that you think you are off.

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I just brewed a pumpkin ale and i was supposed to get an OG of 1.060 and I got 1.040 is that bad? where did i go wrong?
How do you expect anyone to give an intelligent answer when you provide absolutely zero details on your process?
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:56 PM   #6
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How do you expect anyone to give an intelligent answer when you provide absolutely zero details on your process?


fair enough. Here is my recipe except i didn't use the white sugar. I steeped grain for 30 mins, boiled for 1 hr, cooled wort to just under 80 F and then added wort and then cold water to fermentation bucket. The OG was 1.040 but maybe it's because a lot of the wort was on the bottom and the fresh water was on top.


Grain: 0.5 lb American 20L Crystal
0.5 lb Dark German Munich
Extract: 7lbs Golden LME
Hops: 1oz German Tettnanger
Yeast: Wyeast 1056
Pumpkin: 4-5 lbs (a medium sized pumpkin) baked and pureed
Sugar: 1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
Vanilla: 1 tsp vanilla extract
Spice Mix (you will use 1 tbs of this):
2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
0.5 tsp ground cloves
0.5 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp all spice
Half Whirlfoc tablet or equal Iris Moss
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Its possible that you didn't mix the top off water well enough with the dense wort, but unlikely. With most of your fermentables coming from extract, I would guess that you're not measuring the final diluted volume correctly (over-shot it) or perhaps your hydrometer is way off, but that is also a less likely scenario.
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i think its because i didn't mix the top off water well enough. the more i stirred it the better the reading was
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My guess is that you actually got 1.060, but you measured 1.040 due to inadequate mixing of the top off water.
1 lb grain could contribute about 5 points to a 5 gallon batch, not the 20 points that you think you are off.

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i just took the FG today and it was 1.014 and it was supposed to be 1.018 so pretty close. so should i assume i had a 1.060 and just read it wrong because of the water i added?
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i just took the FG today and it was 1.014 and it was supposed to be 1.018 so pretty close. so should i assume i had a 1.060 and just read it wrong because of the water i added?
If you're sure you had 5 gallons going in, then yes
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