Thanks. I actually added 3 day old slurry of K97, about 1/2 c. I thought my process was solid but I don't brew higher OG beers very often. I wish I would have thought of the champagne yeast.
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Okay, back to your original questions... what to expect as far as taste......
I do NOT think 1.020 FG will taste syrupy in such a strong beer. The alcohol presence will serve to balance out the sugars. It may, however, need some age to mellow out -- and this goes for both Batches 1 & 2. Maybe it will taste more appealing after 6-9 months of age, for example. Before that, it will taste more "hot" in alcohol.
You'll obviously have more body.
I still can't help but assume that somehow or other, you're going to end up with gushers out of this. Expect high carbonation from Batch 2. Mark my words. It might not happen right away, but after a month or two.... yeah. Be aware of the possibility.
Why in the world did you change your recipe if batch one was so good?
Why would fermentation stall? Did you mess with temperatures during those first two weeks? Cool it down too early and settle out your yeast before they were done?
Could there have actually been contamination in Batch 1??? I doubt it, but, it could explain a difference.
Okay, is it calibrated? Does it read 1.000 in plain water at 60-70 F?
See my EDIT above, repeated here:
EDIT: 2) Your final gravity readings are wrong. How did you measure those?
Are you positive that Batch 2 was done fermenting? How long was it at the final gravity, and at what temperature?
I just can't believe it was done.
My guess is one of two things are going on:
1) Your mash thermometer is not calibrated.
2) You bottled too early and Batch 2 will all be gushers or explosive.
Hope I'm wrong about the second point.
I really like Red Wheat and Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner
Even if the judges still aren't happy, they will both up the overall quality of your beers.
Yum! What do the IBUs calculate at for that one? I am trying to get my APA to stradle the line between APA and IPA in ABV and IBUs
54 smooth as silk IBU
EDIT: and FWIW, this is one of my favorite hop blends. Ive converted quite a few APA and IPA haters with this lineup.