Originally Posted by gcdowd
If you can post the recipe, we can help figure out an OG. If this is an all grain batch, your efficiency will play a part so a hydrometer reading may be the only way to truly know what your OG is.
Everyday IPA 6.8% ABV
Recipe from the BBS book, including their instructions with some minor alterations that detail my procedure.
60-minute mash of 2.5 quarts heated to 160F, dropping near 150F within 1 minute of adding grain. Steeped between 144 and 152F, heating as needed. I did drop a bit below 144 for about a minute once, and went to about 155 for a minute or so (overshot while heating, one ice cube stirred in seemed to bring it down). Average throughout the mash was about 149.
1.8 pounds American 2-row
0.4 pound Caramel 20
0.2 pound Victory
0.1 pound Munich Malt
All milled at the lbhs.
After initial mash, temperature raised to 170F then put through strainer into another pot. One additional gallon of 170F water was also passed through the strainer and mash. The sparge then asked for one more pass of that pre-boil wort through the mash, although I actually did it one more time (a function of ending up with a larger pot for the boil to help avoid boil over).
0.1 ounce Columbus hops added when foam started, and heat dropped a bit, although temp remained around 212F
0.5 Cascade hops divided into fifths, and added after 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 55 minutes and at 60 minutes when taken off heat and placed in ice bath. Along the line my thermometer showed gradual decreasing in heat to around 202F (but still showing some boiling action at the end - would I be correct that the malt sugars, etc. lower the boiling point?)
I think I pointed out elsewhere that my boil may have reduced the wort volume to somewhere around 2/3 to 3/4 gallon. So water was topped off to what might be just above 1-gallon.
1/2 packet Safale US-05 added after top-off, and shaken vigorously for oxygenation.
That was completed Sunday night. Last night it was bubbling vigorously, and today still some bubbling although not as vigorous.
Any help in estimating an expected OG and FG would be GREATLY appreciated.
Hey, btw, has anyone told you lately just how much fun it is to home brew?
Thanks for the help!