First time post, but I’ve benefitted greatly from many of you. Thank you! I’m fairly new to brewing (less than a dozen brews under my belt) and so far so good. My latest batch was the Irish Red Ale extract kit from NB. So far I’ve nailed the OG on every kit including PM kits, but this time I came in quite low…
1.037 - should have been 1.044. That reading was adjusted for temperature and I’m sure I read it correctly. I think I know why it is low, because I topped it to 5.5 gallons instead of 5 hoping to actually get 5 gallons out of a batch for once! I didn’t think it would affect it quite this much. I also left more of the sludge behind than I usually do. My question is since it looks like I have a “Light beer” on my hands (probably under 3.5% ABV) is there anything I can do if say I transfer it to a secondary? I was considering maybe boiling a pound of amber DME in a half gallon of water and adding it to the secondary before I transfer? Has anyone tried this before?
Primary: Irish Red
Secondary: English Pale
B: Brown Ale, Cream Ale