Today I brewed up NB’s Dead Ringer IP. Everything went pretty smoothly until I took the O.G. and it was 1.028. It is supposed to be 1.064. I was done by about noon.
I did a couple of things differently today. First, I used a wort chiller with the cooling line going through an ice bath. It cooled the wort faster than I’ve ever cooled it before. It also left quite the break, and I ended up leaving about 1.5 quarts worth of wort/break/sludge in the brew kettle (is that normal?).
Since it was extract, I added about 3.5 gallons of water. I actually over chilled it, it was about 58 degrees when pitched.
After wondering all day if my IPA is going to be water with it’s 1.028 O.G., I remembered that I had not shaken up the water and wort in the carboy before pitching.
So I went back to the fridge at 8pm to look at it, and there is a definite break line in the carboy. Very dark near the bottom with trub already settling out; the upper 2/3 of the carboy is much clearer (watery) and obviously lower gravity.
Should I go back and swirl it around some now? Should I not worry about it? When the fermentation process really kicks in will it take care of itself? I’m already getting activity in the airlock.
I hope my dead ringer IPA is not in fact a dead ringer for O’Douls. Any thoughts?