Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > 30% efficiency. Should I dump it?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
dm1217
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 56
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default 30% efficiency. Should I dump it?

Well... batch #3 was a disaster. Used a rolling pin and hammer to crush grains. Lesson learned, that will never happen again.

1 lb Pilsner
1 lb red wheat
OG 1.022 @ 60F

What's the chances of this turning out drinkable? Or is my yeast basically swimming in Bud Light? (Fortunately only a 1 gallon batch if this turns out to be garbage) Thanks for the feedback.


dm1217 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
RCCOLA
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 1,074
Liked 77 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dm1217 View Post
Well... batch #3 was a disaster. Used a rolling pin and hammer to crush grains. Lesson learned, that will never happen again.

1 lb Pilsner
1 lb red wheat
OG 1.022 @ 60F

What's the chances of this turning out drinkable? Or is my yeast basically swimming in Bud Light? (Fortunately only a 1 gallon batch if this turns out to be garbage) Thanks for the feedback.
Id boil a little DME in a small amt of water, cool it and add it to bring OG up to where I wanted it. Not too late to fix it.


RCCOLA is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southwest
Posts: 14,063
Liked 658 Times on 417 Posts
Likes Given: 65

Default

I'd dump it and chalk it up to lessons learned.
__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc
Yuri_Rage is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
el_horno
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Posts: 197
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 27

Default

Yea, such a small batch, dump and try again.
el_horno is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
patthebrewer
Manasquan River Brewing LLC
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
patthebrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: , allenwood, nj
Posts: 688
Liked 55 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 141

Default

You already paid for it right, if you don't have to buy anything else.....Ferment it. Assuming you adjusted your gravity reading by temp, It'll be a low ABV beer, so what. Lots of low gravity beers out there. Guinness is only 3% ya know. Since this starts so low It'll likely finish low, (1.005 ish) probably looking at somewhere around 2.5% Ish ABV. Could be tasty ya never know....I say try it
__________________
Manasquan River Brewing LLC
patthebrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
dm1217
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 56
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Yeah it's fermenting with Nottingham, in a 61 F basement. Will let it sit and hope for the best while expecting the worst.
dm1217 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 02:21 PM   #7
sweed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Salem, NH
Posts: 961
Liked 112 Times on 94 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

I crush my grains with a can good if I need to, no problems. Glad my lhbs does have a mill. Was this extract or AG? My guess AG since an extract would be right on target.
sweed is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 02:36 PM   #8
BigEggy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Midlands, UK, Warwickshire
Posts: 14
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

[QUOTE=patthebrewer;4835073] Guinness is only 3% ya know. QUOTE]

Not the proper stuff .. the new mid strenth Guinness is only 2.8% but real
Draught Guinness is 4.1-4.3% depending on what type.
BigEggy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 02:55 PM   #9
dm1217
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 56
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweed View Post
I crush my grains with a can good if I need to, no problems. Glad my lhbs does have a mill. Was this extract or AG? My guess AG since an extract would be right on target.
All grain. I figured it would be low. Just not sure if 30% efficiency means it will taste like regular beer, or significantly "watered down, etc.
dm1217 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
WoodlandBrew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WoodlandBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Malden, MA
Posts: 2,163
Liked 206 Times on 185 Posts
Likes Given: 59

Default

My wife and my BMC friends would like that, but I would probably add half a pound of DME to bring it up to about 1.045. ...Or 1/4 lb DME and 1/4 lb sugar to make a little dryer beer.


__________________
The 2nd edition is now available: Brewing Engineering
Woodland Brewing Research Blog Applied Science for Better Beer.
WoodlandBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do people report mash efficiency or brewhouse efficiency? thisoneguy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 66 07-25-2012 05:37 AM
dump it? JohnnyBeerbottles Cider Forum 16 03-01-2012 04:12 PM
Mash efficiency vs Post boil efficiency RootDownBrewing Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 08-21-2011 12:33 PM
Infected, to dump or not to dump??? skeeordye11 General Beer Discussion 14 07-17-2009 04:06 PM
Dump it, or don't??? sven137 Extract Brewing 16 02-20-2009 06:01 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS