I am rounding my sixth batch of extract brewing and I love it. Its simple, doesn't take too much time, and produces pretty decent beer. That being said, I am trying to find some answers online but I just cant get the answers I am looking for so I decided to join the forums.
Everything I read about OG and extract brewing is that its pretty hard to miss the OG. I ended up buying a Tilt Hydrometer to check it out, and for the life of me, i cannot hit it. I pour the cooled wort into the fermenter, add the recommended water and shake the heck out of it, then drop the tilt in. When i say I cant hit the OG, I mean I am not even close. My last brew was the dead ringer IPA and I ended up with 1.052 when it was designed to be 1.064. I do make sure the hydrometer is calibrated correctly,
So I started to look into adding DME but I cannot find anything that tells me when to add it. If i am checking my OG after its already in the fermenter, clearly im past the point of adding DME right? Was hoping for some guidance on this. I saw how to do the calculations and such, just dont know when to add it.
Others mention not adding as much water. I guess i could do this, but i feel like I would need to not add up to 1/2 a gallon to get the correct reading. That kinda sucks for a 5gal batch of beer to be 4.5gal.
I have a rolling boil, could I be boiling to hard to cause too much evaporation? Does that effect anything?
Any help is greatly appreciated.