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Old 08-06-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default How would you handle a giant efficiency jump?

So my efficiency has always been poor. I blame my technique more than anything, as people I know hit way higher efficiencies with grain from the same mill (which also happens to be a mill that a brewery uses.)

So the last two beers I made, I change my technique a bit and my efficiency jumped 11-12%. I was using my refractometer and when I checked my pre-boil gravity I was WAY up from my normal efficiency. So one of the beers was no big deal. An APA that just turned out bigger. Great.

The other was a hefe. I was shooting for close to 5% and after all was said and done I now have a 6.8% beer that's not really a hefe at all, so I am just calling it "beer". It is reasonably drinkable even though it is tart and tastes like a fruit salad.

I guess my big question is that the pre-boil gravity check worked great for an APA where I could just adjust my hops to make it bigger. What do you do with a beer where there's no bigger style? What adjustments would you make?


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Old 08-06-2008, 11:10 PM   #2
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Add more water and make a bigger batch. Of course you might need a bigger or additonal fermenter.

Of course if your not going to enjoy the end result anyways, just dilute and throw away the extra (or save for yeast starters)


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Old 08-06-2008, 11:27 PM   #3
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Agreed. Since you have a refractometer, you should be able to track how many GU's you've collected. Any leftover wort can be boiled without hops, then frozen for starters.
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Refractometers rule... knowing your SG you can adjust your target OG before the boil.
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