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Ingredients / cinnamon
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:18:11 PM »
Getting ready to brew a brown or possibly a porter. Was envisioning a lightly hopped brew with a good malt backbone. I also wanted moderate spice charactor to it. Just had an idea to throw some cinnamon sticks in at flame out or in the fermentor. I havent read anything about that so I thought I would post it here to get some input. Let me know what you think.

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All Grain Brewing / specific gravity off
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:35:19 PM »
I just brewed my first batch of all grain the other day and im a little worried about my OG. I fly sparged with a strike temp of 164 and sparge temp of 170. I had a pretty basic pale ale recipe with a little maize in it with a grist ratio of 1.75 qt/lb. I mashed for 1hour and my first runnings were 1050 with a refractometer which was dead on my calculated OG for the recipe. I sparged until I had a reading of 1010 and boiled for an hour. I then cooled to 68 and took my OG reading and it was only 1027. Does this mean I am off my calculated recipe gravity that much or is that normal? Should my first runnings be more like 1070 and end up at 1050 after sparging?

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