OK so I am coming up to my 100th batch and now I have hit a wall.
My last 6 batches have not hit there FG, every single one (Fat Tire Clone, Wit, Amber Ale, English Bitter, Cream Ale and ESB)
Everyone no matter what the OG was, stops at 1.024 on the dot! I am pitching at the right temp and also letting them primary for 8-10 days and secondary for at least a 2 weeks and no matter what they measure at 1.024.
Half of the batches are extract and half are AG
Pitching at 70-75 degrees
Using smack packs that swell for at least 3+ hours
Ferm temp is between 62 and 72
Can someone please tell me what the hell is wrong!
The only thing different in my brewing is that I am now using a refractometer and not a hydrometer as I broke mine. I have calibrated the refractometer before every batch an I always use it to test my OG which I hit farily close compared to what Beersmith tells me it should be at. Can it be the refractometer not giving me the right results?
Based on Beersmith and always hitting 1.024 I should be drinking 3% ABV beer with these results, but I can tell you that they are NOT 3% ABV beers...some of them I can only handle 3-4 pints and I can feel a solid buzz...I am no lightweight drinker by the way.
What am I doing wrong???
Any help would be appreciated.