I brewed up a 5 gallon batch of something similar to the Northern Brewer's Rebel Rye Porter last night.
About half way through my batch sparge I noticed my valve was about 1/4 open and resulted in terrible efficiency (for me).
I fell short 10 points - 1.061 from expected 1.071. My IBU's will definitely be effected recalculating to almost 50!
I don't want to simply add corn sugar to raise the gravity. This will effect the body and flavor.
I'll be adding 16 oz of Rye Whiskey and oak chips to secondary and need to preserve the flavor of the malt/ body as not to have a thin, hoppy, hot mess.
I'm thinking to make a quick starter like solution of DME and add it to the primary to make up the gravity and add it as malt. not sugar.
Has anyone had experience or thoughts on this?