First Partial Mash Mess Up

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DtownRiot

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Hey all,

I did my first partial mash around a month and a half ago. I made my own concoction out of some random ingredients.
6lbs Amber Malt Extract
1 1/2 lbs 60L Crystal Malt
1/2 lbs 40L Crystal Malt
Galena Hops
Nugget Hops
Williamette Hops
5 gallon batch

So heres the thing. I boiled for 60 mins. Fermented for about 3 weeks and have been conditioning for about 3 weeks. My beer is kind of watery/ way too light in body. I like a slightly medium to heavy body in beer. What did I forget to add? Did I do something wrong? Any help would be great. I've done six batches now and havent had much success. Starting to think its hopeless here.

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McGarnigle

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That isn't really partial mash, it's extract + specialty grain steep. No reason that would be a watery beer, unless you're comparing it to a really rich, thick stout or something.
 

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You didn't do a partial mash, you just steeped crystal malts. Partial mashing involves using the enzymes in base malts to convert their starches and those contained in any other grains/adjuncts to sugar.

I would think that your batch should have plenty of body and be quite caramelly-sweet. To boost mouthfeel in future batches, consider adding maltodextrin to your beer. It's unfermentable and flavor-neutral. You may also consider a less attenuative yeast.
 
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