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missed gravity
« on: October 05, 2011, 04:51:08 PM »
I brewed a RIS today, and badly missed my OG.  1.077 instead of 1.096.  The source of the problem seems to be that my mill gap drifted.  An easy enough fix for future batches.  But for this batch . . .

I'm thinking of boiling up some DME and adding it to the wort, otherwise the finished beer will be too bitter.  Anyone have any other ideas?
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 05:12:41 PM »
I think you've got the solution.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011, 05:19:58 PM »
Yeah, but that's the boring answer. :)
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 05:21:57 PM »
Yeah, but that's the boring answer. :)

Um, okay then, how's this....since you're a super scientist, invent a machine to de-hopify it....

There....less boring?   ;D
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 06:00:37 PM »
boil it down more?
Take it easy...

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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2011, 06:30:52 PM »
Call it an American Stout?
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2011, 06:38:21 PM »
+1

Go with an American Stout...use a supercharged hop flavor and aroma schedule.
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2011, 07:30:56 PM »
Could have done that . . . but I didn't check the gravity until after chilling, and I hopped it with Sonnet Goldings.

Your idea is interesting Denny, there is probably a few things that would make iso-alpha acids precipitate but I wouldn't want to drink them :)
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2011, 09:36:49 PM »
This is a post I never ever thought to hear from Tom Schmidlin. How in the hell did you miss your gravity? Distracted ??? ;D

Add the extract. Why not. You're a Doctor! Not what you originally planned for but the die is cast. It is what it is.

Or age the BU's out..
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2011, 09:59:59 PM »
There's a little bit of disarray in the garage right now :)  Rather than clean and organize I decided to brew.  I didn't check my crush, and that's all it took.  I check the gravity of the mash runoff as it gets toward the end, but I never check the kettle gravity, I just wait until it's chilled.

The list of brewing tasks I neglected in favor of actually brewing:
Clean carboys and kegs
Find leaks in the kegerator
Run new gas line for the kegerator
Keg 15 gallons of beer
Rack a new batch of flanders red to bugs and fruit

I think that's it.  All of those things can be done in stages over a few weeks or months if needed, but brewing is a big chunk of time. :)
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2011, 01:00:26 AM »
I brewed a RIS today, and badly missed my OG.  1.077 instead of 1.096...   Anyone have any other ideas?



Yeah, but that's the boring answer. :)

Um, okay then, how's this....since you're a super scientist, invent a machine to de-hopify it....

There....less boring?   ;D

No, no, no...  K.I.S.S.

Just realign the gravity plates to 1.25G and you're good to go!   ;D
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2011, 04:06:23 AM »
...I never check the kettle gravity, I just wait until it's chilled.
That's why I check the pre-boil gravity, not post-boil.

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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2011, 07:37:19 AM »
You could brew up a one gallon batch of 1.19 wort and add it in to 5 gallons of 1.077 to get pretty close to 1.096.

or add candi sugar and call it a belgian imperial stout
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2011, 09:08:07 AM »
or add candi sugar and call it a belgian imperial stout

Would you even have to call it Belgian?  I've been looking at that a bit lately and it seems something like D2 would be not out of place in an Imperial Stout.  The syrup is described as providing "flavors of dark fruit" and the BJCP guidelines for Imperial Stout call for flavors that "can take on a dark fruit character (raisins, plums, or prunes)".  Anyone use D2 in their Impy Stouts?
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Re: missed gravity
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2011, 09:25:01 AM »
I haven't used D2, but I have used molasses.
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