I have searched the forums here for an answer to my issue but I’m having trouble finding a solution.
I made up my first very own all-grain BIAB 3-gallon recipe, it’s a very basic brown ale. I pitched rehydrated Safale S-04 according to package instructions when the beer had reached the pitching temperature. I kept the fermentation bucket in a shallow container of water and frozen water bottles. The problem is, after 11 days in the fermentation bucket, my specific gravity according to the hydrometer was 1035. I then removed ice bottles and moved the bucket to a high shelf to let it warm up to about 70 degrees.
After 10 more days the gravity was just above 1030. The beer tastes and smells wonderful, just a tiny bit sweet. I picked up some yeast nutrient recently to make a batch of mead so, at this point, I’m considering pitching a few ounces of sugar and some yeast nutrient dissolved in boiled and cooled water to try to kick-start the fermentation to get it down to 1020 or lower.
Is it necessary to try to get the gravity lower at this point or should I keep waiting?
Two issues occurred during brewing:
The crappy thermometer I was using in the mashing/boil kettle is hard to read and I think I may have mashed too high for the first 10-20 minutes of the mash, possibly resulting in unfermentable sugars.
When I re-hydrated the S-04, I stirred it too soon and clumps of yeast stuck to the spoon that were impossible to remove and get back into the rehydration water, possibly resulting in underpitching.
Here’s the recipe:
5.5 lbs Maris Otter
0.5 lbs Crystal 60
0.5 lbs Chocolate Malt
.25 oz Nugget 60 mins
.25 oz Fuggle at 15 mins
1 tsp Irish Moss 15 mins
Mash at 153 for 60 mins then 10 min mashout at 168
OG approx 1056
So is it worth it to try to “save” this beer? It tastes great and I could go ahead and bottle it but every beer (this is my 6th brew) I have made so far has under-fermented. Sure, session beers are great but I want to make something that is higher than 3% alcohol. Any help is very much appreciated and thanks in advance, guys!