Did I mess this beer up??????

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PassTheBeer

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ok guys I was making a Brewers Best falconer's flight kit, I wanted to bump up the alcohol content a bit so I added an extra pound of light DME at the last 15 min of the boil. OG should have been about : 1.075 - 1.079 but when I took my OG is was at 1.120.

So I threw in the yeast that came with the kit and let it go to work. Boy did it take off. I also checked a few yeast calculators and I apparently under pitched my yeast as well. I waited a week for everything to fall and then threw in the additional yeast that should have been put in originally. Now the beer has been sitting for another 2 weeks and I havent seen any change. Not everything has fallen to the bottom nor have I seen any bubbles. I am on the fence whether I e'ff this up big time OR there is so much sugar its still going to be working for another 2-4 weeks.

I will post a pic when I get home. Tell me what you think guys.
 

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Take a gravity reading. Only way to know what's actually going on.
 

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Take gravity readings 1 or 2 days apart. if it is the same it is done.... bottle and enjoy... if it is still going down leave it for a few days and check again. ether way its not going to be "bad" maybe just a bit on the sweet side
 

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Putting the extra yeast in after the ferment was a wasted step. Like you said ,"it took off" A week later it was probabily done. Did you do a partial or full boil ? If it was a partial you may not have had the wort mixed completly and gotten a reading that was all sugar.
 

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Putting the extra yeast in after the ferment was a wasted step. Like you said ,"it took off" A week later it was probabily done. Did you do a partial or full boil ? If it was a partial you may not have had the wort mixed completly and gotten a reading that was all sugar.
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Your beer should be just fine
 

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Since it's been 3 weeks total,I agree to take a hydrometer sample to see where you're at. And 1 extra pound of DME shouldn't make that much difference.
 
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well guys I waited a full month, checked it for a FG yesterday its sitting at 1.020. When I get home tonight i'll check to see if there is any difference. But as it stands this is a big beer @ 13.37%
 

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Sounds like your beer is ruined. Bottle and send over to me so i can dispose it properly.
 

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well guys I waited a full month, checked it for a FG yesterday its sitting at 1.020. When I get home tonight i'll check to see if there is any difference. But as it stands this is a big beer @ 13.37%
OG at 1.120, FG at 1.020? That's a 84% attenuation, wow.
I'd cold crash it and harvest off the yeast. Properly wash them, and you should have a decent number that survived the high alcohol (and you'll know they're good for a starter for the next big beer you do like this)
 

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The original OG that you measured was not accurate.that often happens with partial boil.what did the kit say the OG should have been before you added an extra pound?
 
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OG 1.075 - 1.079, but I added 1 extra lb of DME for the fun of it. Either way the beer so far is pretty tasty
 

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PassTheBeer said:
well guys I waited a full month, checked it for a FG yesterday its sitting at 1.020. When I get home tonight i'll check to see if there is any difference. But as it stands this is a big beer @ 13.37%
I agree that your OG reading was likely off. A pound of DME would not increase it that much, and attenuation that high is quite unlikely. What is the predicted OG once you take the DME into the calculation?
 
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