I’ve brewed a few extract beers with some pretty good success, so I decided to try my hand at AG. I found a recipe for dunkelweizen for a 2.5gal batch and started cooking Monday night.
Everything seemed to go pretty good until the end. My OG ended up at 1.016, I put it in the fermentor anyway and pitched the yeast before crawling into bed. when I got up I had great krausen but that lasted about 24 hours. I used a liquid yeast smack pack and split it with an extract hefe I brewed at the same time, that batch is still bubbling.
2lb Wheat malt
12oz TF&S Crystal II
4oz Chocolate malt
Mashed with 6 quarts for 60min
Sparge with 2.5 gal
boil time 60 min.
I think I’ve narrowed my issue to either not milling the grain fine enough or my sparge. I have a 1gallon AG kit that has instructions to put grain in colander and pour sparge water over it a couple times. that is what I did. now that I’m researching it I don’t think it was enough.
I have a couple questions for the experts:
- would increasing my base grain make up for my poor sparge method?
- is there anything I can do at this point to it to increase the gravity? it has been in the fermentor for 5 days
- will it be drinkable as is?