i didn't sparge hot enough

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  1. oliver

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    yesterday i brewed a 2 gallon batch, and my estimates on the calculator were reading 1.061 OG, however the real life readings i got were 1.044. And i've concluded that it was because i didn't heat my sparge water nearly hot enough. So now instead of expecting a beer around 6.5% ABV, it's probably going to be around 4.5%...

    My question is this: will this alter the flavor of my beer in any way?? Or does it simply lower my efficiency and my ABV?
     
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    it could be a lighter tasting beer than thought but it also could be just fine, it really depends on what the difference was, just a tip mash longer and you can sparge cold and it wont make a difference
     
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    I doubt the temperature of the sparge water would make that much difference. Describe your process in more detail. Did you crush your own grain? Mash temp? Mash length? I think something else is to blame. What was the temp of your wort that you measured? I've messed up and forgot to correct for high temps when measuring before.
     
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    my home-brew shop milled the grain for me. Mashed at 145F for 90 minutes. The sample wort i took was at 70F.
     
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    sound like you might have messed up the water or didn't sparge quite right, "channeling" can do this
     
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