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Old 04-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
EvanLouis
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I did an attempt at a poor mans mash last night but never got a decent reading. My malt bill:
2lbs malted/toasted buckwheat
1lb toasted oats
2lb toasted millet
1lb malted toasted quinoa

I bought a mini cooler and heated up water to around 170/80, poured it in, submerged a nylon bag of all my grains (psuedocereals) and covered it for 45min.
Poured it out and kept that spattered water in case the whole thing was a flop. I took a gravity reading but there wasn't anything, so I repeated the process twice and got nothing. So I figured I had done nothing more than really intensely steeped grains so I just used the experiment as my boil water and added my fermentables, hops, flavorings and took another reading before pitching: 1.1! I've gotten this reading twice now, am I reading it wrong? I don't think so. The hydrometer was sitting pretty high in the water. Anyways, it smells great and is developing a great krausen already

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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Recipe would help. Were the grains malted and crushed? Add any enzymes? Check for temperature correction? The grains may have just added a bunch of starch to the wort. If you measured the gravity after the mash and it was above 100F, it is a uselessly low reading.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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I should learn to read. I see that they were malted. Toasting them reduces the available enzymes. Anyway, recipe would be a start.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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Malt bill previously stated.

2lbs rice syrup solids
3lbs sorghum malt extract (flameout)
1oz Fuggles (60min)
1oz cascade (60min)
1oz Chinook (10min)

4oz maltodextrin (10min)
1/2 oz bitter orange (15)
1/2 oz sweet orange (15)
1oz coriander (15)

1 whirlfloc (10)
1 yeast nutrient (15)

Danstar Nottingham

As I'm writing this I realize I was only going to use a 1/2 oz of Chinook, oh well, it'll be a hoppy summer.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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No enzymes added. I meant to buy amylase but forgot to add it to the list. Buckwheat was not crushed as last time I crushed a few groats and they turned to powder in my hand

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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Forgot to mention d45 candi syrup added for 60min

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #7
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Batch size is 5 gal? What about the temp readings?
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #8
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5 gallon batch. Chilled wort to 80 and added cold water to lower temp hopefully around 75 and pitched yeast.

 
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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Not sure. I punched the numbers. You would have to have gotten insane efficiency to get those numbers. You will be able to tell at bottling time. If it has a real intense alcohol bite, you will know you managed to get 1.100.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:17 AM   #10
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Haha. I got that number in my last batch. It was certainly potent, but not insane. However, today I took a reading (2 1/2 days later) and got 1.03. Does that sound better? It looks and tastes like a nut brown ale right now. Lots of sediment though. Prob gonna have to secondary this one

 
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