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Andy Hancock
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Username: Ahancbrew1

Post Number: 303
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 134.134.139.74
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I keep a database for my brewing ingredients. One of the items is a 50 lb bag of Great Western 2-row malt. According to my records I have used 40.25 lbs, which should leave me with 9.75 lbs left. I weighed the leftovers and itís about 11.5 lbs.

What do you think is the most likely cause?
A) They bag weighed more than 50 lbs when I bought it
B) I was not accurate when taking grain out for previous recipes
C) My scale isnít accurate
D) The grain picked up moisture in the 13 months since I opened the bag.

I live in San Jose CA. We donít have high humidity here and I keep the grain bag inside my bedroom closet, sealed as best I can.

My last two recipes were created based on the amount of grain I had. I would have used an extra lb of malt in a Pale Ale I brewed last weekend if I new I had it.
 

davidwaite
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Username: Davidw

Post Number: 2127
Registered: 03-2001
Posted From: 65.163.6.62
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 02:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

E) Possibly one or more of the above
 

Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 898
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.82.202.67
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 03:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Andy,
I have noticed the same phenomenon with my 50 lbs sacks. I simply attribute it to the company being sloppy with their numbers.
 

Rob Farrell
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Username: Robf

Post Number: 591
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 216.27.76.200
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 08:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You have 2 pounds of weevils
 

Andy Hancock
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Username: Ahancbrew1

Post Number: 304
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 192.55.54.40
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 09:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I haven't seen any weevils, but that might explain why my homebrew has tasted very good lately.

My next batch was planned to empty the bag using the final 10 lbs and have an OG of 56. Looks like my Pale Ale may become an IPA with an OG in the mid 60's :-)
 

Josh Vogel
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Username: Loopie_beer

Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2011
Posted From: 65.60.138.116
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 09:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would think you could help narrow it down by your OG. Have you been hitting them? If so, maybe the company gave you a freebie!
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2664
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 72.15.105.173
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 11:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I attribute such discrepancies to the phenomenon known as "angel's share", which usually refers to the evaporation and/or soaking away of some of the beer in a wooden barrel. No matter how careful you are, things - particularly weights and volumes - aren't going to work out precisely as you expect them to. I like David's option (E) above, and you shouldn't spend more than a couple of minutes max worrying about it.
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 1063
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 216.188.241.17
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Too much grain? That's like too much luck, a girl too pretty, too much money, a car too fast...there's no such thing! ( lyrics from a good country song )