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Old 08-02-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
May 2008
Fairmont, WV
Posts: 6

Hey Y'all.

I just brewed up a AHS Creamy Smoked Amber Ale mini-mash kit today and my target OG was supposed to be 1.055, however I ended up w/ a 1.042 @ 78F. Oh boy.

The only hiccup I had in the whole process was that during the mash when I accidently let the temp get up to almost 170F while trying to keep the ideal 155F in my stockpot. Now I see the wisdom of using a cooler as a mash-tun. However, everything else went great (Got to use my brand new immersion chiller - sooo nice!).

There is a chance that I got a false reading due to incomplete mixing/aeration. I stirred 'er like the devil before pitching, so I'm dubious of that.

Could my little mashing mishap have caused the lighter gravity? I'm not terribly worried about it, just looking for some education. I figure the worst that could happen is that my brew won't be as strong as the target AC.

I can post the recipe if needed, but I don't know if its a AHS proprietary thing, and I'd rather not have Forrest bent at me.
Primary Fermenter: AHS Creamy Smoked Amber Ale
Secondary: *Empty*
Bottled: *Empty*
On-Deck Circle: Still Thinking About It
Drinking: AHS California Common Ale

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Old 08-02-2008, 11:22 PM   #2
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Dec 2007
Reno, NV
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Since, in mini-mash kits, roughly half of your fermentables are supposed to come from the mash, I'd be willing to bet that you stopped the starch conversion too soon, or you didn't sparge the grains completely. But as you say, it will still be beer.
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