Hello all… first post here. Just bottled my second brew: a NB Chinook IPA extract kit.
I nailed my OG at 1.054. (taken after topping off to ~5.5 gallons, after aerating, and before pitching) My final gravity, measured just before racking to the bottling bucket was 1.03. I’m trying to figure out why.
[size=150]Edit: I misread my hydrometer on my FG reading. Very embarrassing. The brew ended up at about 6.6% ABV.[/size]
My only modifications to the recipe were:
Full boil using filtered city water. (starting with about 6 gal at beginning of boil, topped off with filtered city water at end of boil to make about 5.5 gallon after boil.
Subbed the 1oz of Chinook hops at beginning of boil for about 2oz of Cascade hops, and added an extra 1oz of Chinook for dry hopping.
Only added half of the LME at beginning of boil, and added last half about 15 minutes before the end of boil.
I rehydrated my yeast ([b]US-05[/b]) for about 15-20 minutes before I pitched at 70 degrees F.
From brew day My timeline went like this:
Air lock activity began in about 12 hours. Was never terribly violent, but certainly active for several days.
Once airlock activity had pretty much ceased 13 days after brew day, I racked to secondary and dry-hopped 1oz of Chinook. (I did not take a hydrometer reading)
21 days after brew day, I tossed another ounce of Chinook hops to the secondary fermenter.
29 days after brew day, I took my FG reading straight out of the secondary fermenter and before adding priming solution. It was 1.03, but did not even think about how high it was until after I bottled.
So by using a couple different online SG to ABV calculators (and adjusting for temperature), my brew ended up at only 3.3% ABV?
Fermented at ~67*F for the first two or three weeks of fermentation, then between 70-75 for the last week or two.
The beer smells/tastes great to be un-carbonated.
Did I just get some bad yeast? What final gravity/ABV did everyone else get using this kit?