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missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:42:43 AM »
Well, yesterday i was making my first attempt to a tripel, but saddly for me i missed the OG  with a final 1.062 instead a 1.080, i just add a pound of Dextrose at 10 min before the boiloff, of 13 punds of grains ( 5 gal batch)... so i heard a method of adding table or corn sugar after fermentation takes off most of the sugars...
can anywone help me with this issue? it is safe? how much sugar do i have to add?

thanks!

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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 11:51:45 AM »
I usually start with a base beer about 1.060, then add sugars once fermentation is mostly done. Just be sure to keep your ferment cool as simple sugars will throw a lot of heat as they're fermented.

I just boil the sugar in a few cups of water, like you would when you're bottling.
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 12:17:22 PM »
thanks Nateo, good advice!
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 12:36:31 PM »
The kind of sugar doesn't matter much, but it's a chance to provide some character if you want to. If you can get date sugar that's nice in a trippel. Honey too. 
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 12:37:51 PM »
I just pour the sugar straight in.  Dry table sugar.  The yeast will find it and eat it.

No worries or problems with contamination so far.
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 12:40:08 PM »
si, if im right adding 1 pound of sugar (dex) will aporting 9 points? 1.062 a 1.009 = 1.071
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 12:43:14 PM »
I just pour the sugar straight in.  Dry table sugar.  The yeast will find it and eat it.

No worries or problems with contamination so far.

Yeah, dry sugar shouldn't have much, if any germs on it. I like to boil it first just to make sure it's well dissolved, but its probably not necessary.
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2012, 12:47:54 PM »
I added a pound dry to a dopplebock a week or two back as my OG was lower than I wanted.

Gravity when I added it was 1.019.  Gravity when I kegged last night was 1.016, so I'm pretty sure all the sugar became alcohol.  And then some.

I roused the yeast and tossed in an extra packet of dry lager yeast, since I'd missed the opportunity to get it in during high kraesun.

I think the beer has other flaws that make it not as drinkable as I'd like, but it's going to taste good enough on cold nights from a brandy snifter.  And I won't be having/needing many more than one at a time.
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 08:58:55 AM »
i forgot to stablilize the mash with salts, otherwise have had better results and efficiency... >:( :(
i learned the lesson now
well Joe, i think im going for dextrose disolved in hot water then cooled, just for precaution for me, don't want to fail on this too...

cheers! Al
« Last Edit: May 08, 2012, 09:12:25 AM by Al Equihua »
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 09:11:13 AM »
Good luck.  There's many ways to get the same result.  Do what works for you.

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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2012, 09:19:58 AM »
Good luck.  There's many ways to get the same result.  Do what works for you.

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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 09:22:48 AM »
i agree! thanks Joe Sr.!
wow, what a pleaseant smell in the airlock, first time i use a WLP500,... wow
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 09:24:27 AM »
i agree! thanks Joe Sr.!
wow, what a pleaseant smell y in the airlock, first time i use a WLP500,... wow

Its the Chimay strain...and it smells wonderful doesnt it? My favorite Belgian strain.
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2012, 09:30:53 AM »
yes! really good.....mm the worst part is time wating,
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Re: missed OG target, want to increase sugars on Tripel
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2012, 09:32:39 AM »
Good luck.  There's many ways to get the same result.  Do what works for you.

JOE

Joe, it's my pleasure to award you the Gold Star for Pragmatism!

Wouldn't the ultimate in pragmatism just be to let it ride and call it a Dubbel :)
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