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  1. guinnessface

    Stuck and Stumped

    HILARIOUS!!
  2. guinnessface

    Stuck and Stumped

    You're a life saver!! I came up with about 8.9% based on your conversion factors that you provided...that seems more in the ballpark. I'll get another hydrometer to finalize, maybe this one will stay in one piece for more than a few months. Thanks so much for the information, I'm relieved and...
  3. guinnessface

    Stuck and Stumped

    Brewers- I could use your help here, I've been running into dead ends lately with much higher than expected final gravity. A month ago I brewed an AG imperial brown on a grainfather. Pretty typical malt bill with a pound each of DME and brown sugar at the end of the boil, mashed at 155, mashed...
  4. guinnessface

    Step Mash Mystery

    @cshamilton- Thanks for your reply, these are all good points. I did the protease rest to break down the oats a little better (supposedly). I think the temps were right on as it was registering 212 at the boil. The hydrometer is good, I just had two very successful batches this month. Lastly...
  5. guinnessface

    Step Mash Mystery

    Folks- I've run in to a bit of a mystery here and I could use your help! I set out to brew a 5.5 gal tripel today and planned a step mash using the Grainfather system. This was my third attempt using it and I had great success with my first two single mash brews (I'm a fairly experienced...
  6. guinnessface

    Consistenly High FG

    @gavinc & qhrumphf: I'll look into those, thanks
  7. guinnessface

    Consistenly High FG

    @thwemerkle: I have an aerated transfer tube that usually helps add some O2 in from kettle to fermenter once it's cooled. It hasn't been a typical problem In the past. Good point though, it's often overlooked. Thanks
  8. guinnessface

    Consistently High FG (All Grain)

    @Natdavis: Will do, thanks
  9. guinnessface

    Consistenly High FG

    I'll double check my usual thermometer. It's been pretty good compared to the digital which was consistently several degrees off. Thanks for the advice
  10. guinnessface

    Consistenly High FG

    Great advice, thanks a million. I'll double check the thermometer and try dropping the mash temp a bit.
  11. guinnessface

    Consistently High FG (All Grain)

    Perfect, thanks. Excellent advice
  12. guinnessface

    Consistenly High FG

    Thanks for your reply. I had a typo there, it was 1.014 vice 1.04. I haven't checked the ph in the mash in a while, but have had pretty reliable results with complete fermentation otherwise. I used a digital thermometer twice, but went back to my lab thermometer for this last one. I've taken my...
  13. guinnessface

    Consistently High FG (All Grain)

    Thanks all. To clarify, I mistyped: it was 1.014, not 1.04. I use a pretty reputable scientific thermometer that's cumbersome, but reliable. I tried a digital one for a bit, but wasn't crazy about the results....I haven't tried a refractometer yet. I may try to lower the temp for the next batch...
  14. guinnessface

    Consistenly High FG

    Brewers- (Damn, I just saw I spelled "consistently" wrong in the title). I'm a little stumped here, I'll defer to the experts on this. My last three AG batches have finished with uncharacteristically high FG. I'm pretty experienced and haven't run into this problem before. All 3 were in the...
  15. guinnessface

    Consistently High FG (All Grain)

    Brewers- I'm a little stumped here, I'll defer to the experts on this. My last three AG batches have finished with uncharacteristically high FG. I'm pretty experienced and haven't run into this problem before. All 3 were in the 1.05 to 1.06 OG range and finished around 1.04-1.06. Here's what...
  16. guinnessface

    Hofbrau Hefeweizen Orange Color??

    Fellow brewers, I stopped by a biergarten in Munich last Fall and had a Hofbrau Hefeweizen. What struck me most besides the flavor was the color: it was a lot closer to orange than I was used to.....does anyone know why? I've always brewed hefe's with pilsner malt as a base, I'm wondering...
  17. guinnessface

    Add another starter for lactose?

    Thanks Beernik. I can't imagine it'll drop too much more if I re-pitch it. That was a good explanation...much appreciated.
  18. guinnessface

    Add another starter for lactose?

    Beernik, Thanks for your reply. I mashed at around 156 and fermented in the high 60's. I guess it just seemed awfully high for a FG. I was planning for a 7-ish percent beer, but if I'm taking the reading from FG with lactose away from the OG with lactose, I'm coming in at the low 5's. Thoughts?
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