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Jan
24
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
@TobiasPatton I ended up topping off to bring the OG down to 1.062. Not sure if that was the best course of action...
Jan
24
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
@JoeFish I have not, but I'll give it a shot. I believe I have an old gallon jug of distilled water around here somewhere. I may pick up a refractometer since I can use it for the saltwater tank too.
Jan
24
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
Nope, but I'll do that on my next couple batches to see.
Jan
19
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
I did that as well. Topped off with 1/2g and measured 1.072.
Jan
18
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
Yes, I added 1/2g and it was 1.072.
Jan
18
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
Those are all valid reasons but those things should be equal (except for the 1st) if I'm doing a full vs. partial boil. I've never been this far off with a partial boil. Only with the 2 full boils. Seems odd to me that I'd have these problems on 2 out of 12 boils and both of those were full boil.
Jan
18
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
Pre-boil volume was a bit over 5 gallons, maybe 5.25.
Jan
18
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
Between 4.5 and 4.75 gallons. I measured 1.082 prior to top off.
Jan
18
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
Added link to recipe.
Aug
22
comment How long can a yeast starter survive in the fridge?
Great! Sounds like a few days will be no problem then.
Jul
3
comment Why was original gravity high by .010?
There was only a .002 difference between the recipe provided by the kit and the recipe as entered into BeerSmith. Both were using LME. Kit recipe was Coopers Light LME and BeerSmith recipe was Briess Golden Light LME. My question was why was there a .008 to .010 difference between the estimated gravity provided by the recipe and the actual starting gravity.
Jul
3
comment Why was original gravity high by .010?
Interesting. I AM worried about the precision of a roll of paper shoved into a glass tube. I would imagine that inaccuracies would be consistent and linear tho. I have a refractometer that I was using for salt water aquarium. Tried once before with wort but couldn't get any reading.
Jun
14
comment Three-finger head but tastes flat?
It's been at around 3 weeks (maybe more). I'll check my brewing calendar at home to confirm. Final gravity was 1.016, I believe. The last 2 bottles have been in the fridge for about a week so I'll pop 2 more bottles in the fridge that have been ~70 degrees for an additional week and try those.
Jun
14
comment Three-finger head but tastes flat?
I'll give this a shot tonight.
Mar
10
comment Common practices for adding liquor to homebrew?
Good call on doing it prior to the priming sugar. I would have thought of it too late. :)
Feb
1
comment Should I move primary to lower temp?
Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey
Feb
1
comment Should I move primary to lower temp?
Thanks. I think you are right about the fermentation being mostly done. Would pitching it at 60F have helped keep the temp down during fermentation?
Feb
1
comment Should I move primary to lower temp?
Thanks. I ended up moving it to the basement before bed. This morning (EST), temp was down to 72 and the krausen was gone. It still had a lot of movement though. Tonight, I checked the gravity and it was down to 1015. That's in about 50 hours.
Jan
24
comment Is it possible to over-ferment?
While you can't over-ferment, leaving the beer too long on settled yeast can cause off-flavors. Practice is to rack the beer to a secondary fermenter in order to allow it to ferment longer but not on settled yeast.