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Kevin Wingfield (63.170.115.102)
Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 04:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After more than a year since brewing my last batch, I purchased a Porter kit over the weekend. I discovered after taking my Starting Gravity measurement that the instructions referred to the recipe as a Porter on one page, and an Amber Ale on the next. So, I'm wondering what I really made.

Here are the main ingredients: 6 lbs Light Malt extract; 3/4 lbs Carmel Malt 120L; 3/4 lbs Chocolate Malt, 375L; 1 vial of White Labs Irish Ale yeast.

I'm guessing this is a Porter, but thought I would throw this out for discussion for peace of mind. My SG came in lower than I expected at 1.040. I did lose maybe 4-6 oz of my 1.5 gallons of wort when I was removing my grain bag. I lost my grip on it with the tongs and SPLASH! That wouldn't be significant enough of a loss to explain my low SG, would it?
Any feedback would be appreciated.
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 04:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

0.75 lbs. of chocolate malt puts in firmly into the Porter camp.

Your low gravity is most probably due to insufficient mixing of your partial boil batch with the water, though your numbers aren't terribly unreasonable. Try swirling or stirring it around a bit.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 04:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It certainly looks like a porter recipe to me. According to ProMash, if you used liquid extract the target O.G. is 1.042. You might gain a couple of points from the steeped specialty grains but not more than that.
 

Kevin Wingfield (63.170.115.102)
Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 05:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley, I think you're right on. Thinking back, I drew from my primary before stirring things up. I'm feeling better already!

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