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Death From Above
Mar 29, 2009

All The Way


Hey fellow brewers, I am having a hell of a time reaching my target OG. I found a Blue Moon clone recipe (https://blog.eckraus.com/blue-moon-...tract-all-grain) hat looked simple and good tasting.

Specs I should be hitting

OG: 1.055
FG: 1.014
ABV: 5.4%

Specs I actually hit 3x now:

OG: 1.030 (modified with sugar to 1.044)
FG: 1.01
ABV: 4.76%

I heated my mash tun up to 165 degrees for an hour, as I brought my actual strike water up to temp to 170. I drained the old water and put in the strike water, and mashed for 60 minutes. I added 21 drops of beta amalayse to the mash tun (5 drops per gallon of water - 4.25 gallons of water). Every 20 minutes, stirred the mash. At 60 minutes, I drained and rinsed the grain bed and drained off the wort + rinse water into the boil kettle, making a total of 7.5 gallons of wort. Boiled it for an hour, took my sample wort, let it cool, and my OG reading was 1.030. So I added sugar to bring up the total OG to 1.044 but stopped at that point, since adding sugar is a cardinal sin. According to the recipe, I should hit 1.055. 1.030 is way off from 1.050. Even with the amalayse I didn't expect to get to 1.050, but I would have expected to get a slightly higher gravity reading from the last 2 times I made this... and I have not.

I think it's me, but I can't find where in the heck I am going wrong with this.... any advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance

DFA

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Casu Marzu
Oct 20, 2008

SHUT
THE
FUCK
UP!
BIIITCH!




I was super excited this was going to be about blue moon ice cream cuz I love blue moon ice cream and I cracked the recipe for it finally.


Anyway idk anything about beer so good luck op

Eeyo
Aug 29, 2004



There's also a pretty active brewing thread: https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3437782 I'm sure they could help you there too!

Also I was intrigued by the idea of a malty, yeasty clove/banana-flavored ice cream with maybe a hint of hop, but then I realized Casu was talking about the blue ice cream.

Mr. Clark2
Sep 17, 2003

Rocco sez: Oh man, what a bummer. Woof.


Are you sure that your hydrometer is accurate? You also want to make sure that the hydrometer isn't sticking to the side of the test jar, I've seen that happen.

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