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All Grain Brewing / Missed Target Gravity
« on: August 23, 2010, 07:40:22 PM »
Hi Folks,

I've got a similar situation to singindave's missed target gravity, but for the most part I'm hoping for some ideas as to what could have gone wrong (my yeast is already working happily, so I'm a little late to fix it now).

The other night I was brewing a stout with a target OG of 1.069, and wound up with an actual reading of 1.062.  Going into the brewkettle I had a SG of 1.056 (after temperature correction), 1 point under my target of 1.057.  My usual target volume before boiling is 7 gallons, but for this batch it was probably closer to 7.25 gallons.

Was it the extra volume that threw off my brew, or can you think of anything else that could affect it?

Cheers,
Ryan

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Apple ESB
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:14:23 PM »
A few hours on the forum and I'm already bouncing off the wall with ideas!

What are the benefits to using apple wood chips in the beer, as opposed to apple slices?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Apple ESB
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:57:48 PM »
Good stuff!  Where would I find the wood chips?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Apple ESB
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:51:45 PM »
Euge, thanks for the feedback!  I'm not necessarily looking to create something I'll submit for judging, just looking for a way to mix up my ESB recipe.  Any suggestions as to how much apple (either by weight or number of apples, I'm not sure) you think I should try in secondary?

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All Grain Brewing / Apple ESB
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:19:48 PM »
I've brewed a recent ESB, and from what people have said it's turned out to be a decent middle of the road beer.  A friend suggested that I add apple to the beer, and it got me thinking. 

I'd like to try using Gala apples in secondary, but I'm not quite sure how many apples/apples by weight I should add.  Overall, I think I'd like the apple flavor to be kind of an afterthought, something subtle that people pick up on.  Suggestions?

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