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Offline jbar

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worried my fermentation may be stuck early
« on: December 15, 2009, 04:00:57 PM »
In my first attempt in all grain brewing i made an IPA. the OG was  1.050 and currently the gravity is at 1.020. the last time checked, which was 4-6 days ago it was also at 1.020. Isnt the gravity too high to be finished yet? I'm worried i may have ruined my first batch of all grain beer  :'(

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: worried my fermentation may be stuck early
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2009, 06:30:36 PM »
Please post the specifics of your recipe so that we can further assist you.

grain bill
mash temp
yeast and quantity
pitching temp
ferm temp
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Re: worried my fermentation may be stuck early
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2009, 07:53:08 PM »
I wouldnt say it is "ruined" just yet. I have had a couple batches finish pretty high, and they werent the best tasting beers, but they were tolerable. You can try rousing the yeast by heating it up a few degrees or pitching some more yeast. Im sure someone else will have better advice, but that is just my 2cents

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Re: worried my fermentation may be stuck early
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 02:10:13 PM »
grain bill - 10# US 2 row, .75#Caramel Pils, .25#Briess Caramel 120
mash temp - 153 for 60 mins
yeast and quantity - US-05, didnt use a starter but fermentation was chugging along 12 hours after pitched
pitching temp - around 68-69
ferm temp - ambient 64-65 beer was around 67-68

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Re: worried my fermentation may be stuck early
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2009, 02:34:20 PM »
sounds like you did everything okay - are you positive your thermometer is reading properly?  have you calibrated it recently?

I would expect that grain bill to have no problems attenuating very well with US-05 given a 60 min 153df mash.
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Re: worried my fermentation may be stuck early
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2009, 02:55:01 PM »
well ill mess with it a bit. its a newer digital kitchen thermometer i picked up.