Discussion in 'Beer Brewing "How-To" Guides' started by clibit, Feb 16, 2015.
Well you'll know for next time and can adjust to you're tastes by trial and error
Thanks to clibit for this simple recipe. I have brew before on few occasions, but last time it was disaster.
Done this one with First gold hops and S04 yeast, using Crystal malts. Went for bigger quantity - 4KG.
After 1,5 week drained into bottles, looks already quite good, maybe bit cloudy - but will see in few weeks.
How long do you usually wait to drink your beer?
Day 0 SG 1.050
Day 0 - day 3 fermenting at 18C.
Day 4 Dropped to 17C, airlock stopped, Krausen disappeared,yeast dropped out
Day 5 set up waterbath, only coming halfway up beer level in FV, at 23C. SG 1.012
Day 6 SG 1.010 stirred and rocked FV to redistribute the yeasties (wakey wakey). No success
Day 11 SG 1.010
This is where I'm at now, beer is a bit sweet! (As MyQul suggested)
What can I try to rescue something drinkable out of this please guys?
You could add some amylse enzyme (which you can get off ebay) which would drop the FG further and dry it out more. Or you could add some hop tea which will add some bitterness to balance out the sweetness (plus as an added bonus more flavour)
Based on the OG and current SG, @Meza has got 79% attenuation which is about right for M44 according to the Brewers Friend calculator. I've never used it myself but I understood that adding amylase was likely to dry it out by a big margin, and I'm sure I have read on here folks have gone down to just above 1.000, so it's to be used with caution. Or am I'm talking rubbish?!
I've never used M44 and tbh didnt do the attenuation calc. I was just basing my comment on Meza saying his beer tastes sweet.
You're right amylase will dry the beer out a lot
I'm a beginner but fwiw my brews have tasted sweet-ish when bottling or drinking the gravity sample, but absolutely fine after bottling and carbonation for a few weeks.
From SG 1.050 to FG 1.010 seems pretty typical. That shouldn't be classed as a sweet beer by normal standards, just about right I'd say.
I just bottled my first a.g. pretty much following this recipe doubled. There were a few little mistakes on the way. Rather than a brew bag I was using a muslin sheet so when transferring from the stock pot to the fermenter it slipped in slightly dumping some of the hops in with it. I only assume that'll add to the flavor though.
O.G was 1.040 and finished at 1.006. I figure I'll crack the first bottle Christmas day and use the Christmas period to brew another.
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