Rookie needs advice on grain and specific gravity

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Koipond, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. Koipond

    Koipond Initiate (119) Feb 25, 2012 Michigan

    Did my fourth batch last night. Made a Bell's Two Hearted IPA clone. Couple of questions:
    1. My starting specific gravity was 1.061 but the specs on the recipes stated that the starting gravity should be 1.068. What happened to cause the difference.
    2. The recipe called for 1 lb of grain. What would happen if i used 2lbs instead of just one.
  2. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (658) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Did you use some liquid extract instead of dry?
    If so, the steeping grain was mostly for flavor and color...not sugar
  3. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,481) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Regarding the difference in OG, there are a few possibilities. Did you end up with a larger volume of wort than expected? If this was a partial boil, were the wort and the top-off water mixed well? Did you adjust your OG reading for temperature?

    Regarding the grain question... assume this was 1 lb of steeped grains? If so, more grains would give more flavor, more (maybe) body, and more sugars (higher OG).
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  4. suretolose

    suretolose Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2010 Minnesota
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    If you do a partial boil and add water, I like to add less than the amount to make 5 gal and check gravity. You can always add more water to lower the gravity.
  5. rmalinowski4

    rmalinowski4 Disciple (329) Oct 22, 2010 Illinois
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    Once I figured out I had to correct for temp, my gravity readings became much closer to what the recipe said they should be. Very easy to overlook.
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