Low Final Gravity

Discussion in 'Recipes for Feedback' started by KingPaul, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. KingPaul

    KingPaul New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2013
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Stellenbosch
    I brewed a Belgian Ale on the 18th of Jan. I normally only bottle after about 17days. I used 4,4kg Pale Malt, 200g Crystal 45, 250g Abbey and 150g Special B. Mashed started at 66C and after 45min it was at 64C. I added some boiled water to bring it up to 66C again. After an hour I added another 2,5l of HTO at 75C and started to lauter. I sparged with 75C water. Pre Boil Gravity was spot on at 1,045 and OG was 1,060. I used Danstar Belle Saison yeast. I only do primary fermeter. After 16 days fermenting, the SG is 1,003. Way below my expected FG of about 1,012. What went wrong? I don't have a dedicated brew fridge and the temp were a bit high these last few weeks, but I can't remember the temp of the fermeter ever be higher that 24C. I tasted some of the pre carbonated beer tonight and the alcohol is quite high. Can I lower the alcohol by a adding something before bottling or do you suggest bottling it and leaving for a month or so to mellow? Will it mellow? Will there be enough yeast left for carbonation? I am not so much worried about this brew, but more worried about future brews. Please advise.
    Thanks
     
  2. Nosybear

    Nosybear Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    9,548
    Likes Received:
    6,881
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Aurora, CO, USA
    Low FGs are characteristic of Belgian yeasts. Saisons should be nice and dry and it sounds like this one will be!

    Cheers!
     
  3. KingPaul

    KingPaul New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2013
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Stellenbosch
    Thanks Nosy
    I will go ahead with bottling the beer. Hopefully there is no infection.
     

Share This Page

arrow_white