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Old 11-02-2012, 12:42 PM   #11
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It's just really frustrating. You buy something expecting certain results, and you don't come close. Especially if you go the extra mile and make sure everything is perfect. I had better gravity readings my first time brewing with canned lme and letting it sit in 75+ temps.

This whole thing is nothing but stress and hasn't been that rewarding.

Sorry, just venting my frustrations.

Yeah its frustrating, but don't give up. We can read a ton about brewing, but its something completely different once you start doing it. Hang in there. BTW, I have only brewed all extract and have never had one hang higher than about 3 points above what I was aiming for.

 
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:59 PM   #12
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Just as a thought; you could use a small amount of simple fermentables like dextrose to help bring your FG down.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #13
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If water is added with the dextrose it would lower the FG, but only to the effect that diluting the beer would. It might restart fermentation in some cases were the fermentation is truly stalled, but I don't think that is the case here.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:09 PM   #14
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Ah, I should have been more specific; I would use dextrose in the boil during the initial brewing of a new beer. Adding a simple fermentable should help give a lower FG. Just make sure to sub out some of the extract to keep you OG on target.

I wouldn't be adding it after the fact unless the recipe or style calls for it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:00 PM   #15
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I made an extract Big Ben pale ale kit from Midwest 3 weeks ago. Tried a few new things: rehydrated the dry yeast, incorporated a swamp cooler, and started using starsan.
Well, after almost 3 weeks in primary, just took a reading, and its at 1.020. Og was 1.050. This is the third batch in a row that stopped at that gravity. The swamp cooler has been in the mid to lower 60's the whole time. I can't think of anything I did wrong this time.

I had high hopes for this brew. Tried something basic, but its still messed up. My first batches hit the marks for both og and fg. Had no fermentation issues, and I was fermenting in ambient temps around 75, no swamp cooler...
It sounds like you are using liquid malt extract. Is that correct? I see this when I use liquid malt extract too.

The fix is easy. Switch to using dried malt extract, or swap out some liquid malt extract for table sugar. Do not cringe at the idea. Malt extract is just a big jug of sugar anyway. So replace one sugar with another.

Maybe 1.25 lbs of liquid malt out, add 1 lbs cheap white table sugar. That will help a lot to finish lower, slightly lighter color and drier finish.

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:05 PM   #16
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Maybe 1.25 lbs of liquid malt out, add 1 lbs cheap white table sugar. That will help a lot to finish lower, slightly lighter color and drier finish.
Well, that would work in the sense it might not stop at 1.020, but it might not have the best balance and flavor. It really depends on the rest of the recipe.

Many many of my extract batches stopped at 1.020, but the flavor was still great. Once it's carbed, it won't taste as sweet and should be really good anyway.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #17
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i bottled it yesterday. I brought the temp up to about 70, and the gravity came down a few points, then was stable the last two days. Finished around 1.016-1.017.

It tasted super sweet though, for a pale ale. Was hoping for a drier, hopper taste, but we'll see what happens as the bottles carb and age...

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:08 PM   #18
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The gravity reading will change with temperature. The hydrometer reads lower or higher as the beer gets warmer or colder (respectively) than the hydrometer calibration temp. Not sure of the adjustment off the top of my head though.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:19 PM   #19
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. Not sure of the adjustment off the top of my head though.
within 10 degrees of ambient the reading is within 1 point, so as long as it cools to room temperature there is no need to go to the internet for a calculator or to look up a correction factor.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #20
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I wonder if it has something to do with Safeale 05 itself. I just racked the Brushfire brown recipe after 17 days in the primary. I keep my house at 68-69 degrees. My reading was 1.020. I've noticed this on my last few brews where I have used US-05. I brew all grain and have been hitting my OG targets. Both were 1.060. So, I ended up with 5.25% ABV vs 6.3%. I'm fine with that, but I do wonder why it finishes so short.

 
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