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Old 01-17-2013, 02:12 AM   #1
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I just bottled my first 1 gallon brew. Is a hefewiezen from a local store. FOllowed instructions, well sanitized. Was in primary 4 days, then glass secondary 14 days. OG 1.024, final at bottling 1.013. The brew was clear, but darker than the usual hefe, smelled strongly (!) of alcohol, almost like whiskey. Tasted too bitter. Not like hops bitter, but like medicine bitter. The hops pellet were left in throughout the process. I bottled it and plan to put it some where where an explosion would cause minimal damage, just in case, and let it sit a month or so. ANy ideas about the SG and bitterness?


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Old 01-17-2013, 02:31 AM   #2
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Couod you please post recipe ingredients.


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Old 01-17-2013, 02:37 AM   #3
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1.024 to 1.013 is only 1.4% ABV. I don't think that would lead to a strong alcohol smell.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:50 AM   #4
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1.5 lbs wheat malt extract, 1/4 oz Hallertau hop pellets, 1/16 tsp CaCl, 1/16 tsp Bru-vigor. The guy at the shop said it was OK to put in the whole pack of yeast, even for a 1 gal batch, so I did, Safbrew WB-06.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:50 AM   #5
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1.024 to 1.013 is only 1.4% ABV. I don't think that would lead to a strong alcohol smell.
That's what I thought too. Maybe it was just a blast of etoh smell due to just opening the bucket. I'm thinking that since there were no signs of infection, and since it's already in the bottles, I'll sit on it and check on it in a month or 2.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:10 AM   #6
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OG is probably wrong. Malt extract adds a certain amount of points per gallon. I don't think the math works on what you posted.

Hydrometer readings need to be controlled for temperature FWiW.
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Briess Wheat DME adds 43 points per pound per gallon. Since you used 1.5 pounds and made one gallon, the math is really easy.

1.5 x 43 = about 64.5

SG of water is 1.0 + .64.5 = OG of 1.645 with just the wheat DME.

Link to wheat DME stats from NB: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...dme-wheat.html
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And was SG at bottling after adding priming sugar?
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1.5 x 43 = about 64.5

sg of water is 1.0 + .64.5 = og of 1.645 with just the wheat dme.
1.0645?

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:18 PM   #10
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Yeah that


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