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Old 12-14-2012, 02:01 AM   #301
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Brewed this on 12/2/12. Used Safale US-05 yeast. No starter.. (2 packs) 6 gallon batch. All grain. 148F mash. OG 1.081. Checked gravity today and its at 1.036. WHAT A BUMMER! Not sure what happened here. Especially with the mash temp I used. Thinking about re-pitching. Ideas?


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Old 12-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #302
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Its possible you may have mashed too low and not long enough. Its also possible you've been fermenting at a low temp and for not long enough. Check your gravity in two days and get back to us.


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Old 12-15-2012, 03:05 AM   #303
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Thanks waddsworth. I know the mash temp was accurate for the entire hour. I have an infrared temp gun and I also used a standard thermometer and they matched. However, it is now winter in Sacramento and the fermenter has been cooler than all the summer time batches. I will leave the beer alone for another week. I was hoping to start dry-hopping this weekend but........

BTW.. I was thinking that running a mash at 148 instead of 154 would create more fermentable sugars. I ran the lower mash temp just for that reason as I was hoping to get this beer a little dryer. A few guys in here got a little higher FG at 154 (ish). I will report back. Thanks brewers.

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:43 AM   #304
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Update: 4 days ago I installed a digital temp controler and a carboy heat wrap. Racked in to a secondary with most the yeast cake and set the temp to 70 in an attempt to roust the yeast. AND......... Nothing happened. I had even stirred the yeast up pretty good. Fg still stuck at 1.035. I am thinking I need to check my water report. With a big beer such as this, I probably should have used some "pH_up" in the mash. I might even split the batch and try a different yeast repitch. My first experience with us-05 has been a bad one.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:50 AM   #305
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Are you using a hydrometer or refractometer to check the gravity?
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:30 PM   #306
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I'm wondering if the US05 needed at least a liter starter?

I pitched 1.5liters of 1.040 with WLP001 and it seemed to attenuate to specs.

Brewed this on 11/29. Had to sub chinook for simcoe as none available at my LHBS. Also added 1/2lb victory malt. IBU per recipe and dryhopped with 2.8oz chinook and amarillo on day 10 thru day 18. Tried first on yesterday (only 14 days in bottle) and its to date the best homebrew I've ever had.

So stoked with this recipe. Will be making every third for sure. If i can find some simcoe i'll buy a couple pounds.

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Old 12-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #307
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I am using a hydrometer. For the yeast I just pitched 2 packs. I tested some Sublimely self righteous the other day for FG and I came up with 1.014. I will try a huge wlp001 starter next time. Also a 90 min mash instead of 60 min.


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