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Help with my Darkmoor and its FG!

Postby dean_wales » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:43 am

Afternoon all,

Although the sun is out I am trying to be organised and make some dark, strong, malty beers for the autumn that need a little ageing. I wanted something full bodied and malty after all the saisons and APAs but think I might have over cooked it! I wouldn't normally do this, but I made the recipe up on the hoof during the brew day last week and now I am trying to ensure it is drinkable!

Darkmoor Ale

Batch Size 50 litres
OG 1.065 SG
Color: 45 EBC
Bitterness: 30 IBU
Boil: 90 Minutes
Mash: 67.5c

12kg Maris Otter 85.7 %
1kg Crystal Dark (240.0 EBC) 7.1 %
0.5kg Brown Malt (150.0 EBC) 3.6 %
0.5kg Pale Chocolate Malt (525.0 EBC) 3.6 %
100g Fuggle Boil 90min
100g East Kent Goldings Boil
2pkg SafAle English Ale S-04 (Fermented at 19.5c)
100g East Kent Goldings Dry Hop

So the gravity is down to about 1.020 (will do a proper, temperature and the fermentation is visibly slowing right up. I am happy for it to be a bit sweet but don't want this to be too cloying.

What would be your advice to try and bring the gravity down to a more palatable 1.010-1.015?? Pitch another more vigorous yeast? Rouse/aerate? Raise temperature? Add a little white sugar?

Smells good though!!

Thanks,

Dean.
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Re: Help with my Darkmoor and its FG!

Postby Normski » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:59 pm

Hi Dean
Which yeast did you use. (ignore That I've just seen S04)

It did start at 1065 so I wouldt expect lower than 1016. So 1020 isnt so bad.
Maybe raise the temperature a couple of degrees for a few days.
Personally I wouldnt add anything, just wait it out, it'll get there.
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Re: Help with my Darkmoor and its FG!

Postby dean_wales » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:12 pm

Just took a proper reading and its bang on 1.020. I make that just shy of 6%. Tastes amazing, with loads of roasty/coffee/chocolate notes but just a bit too sweet and cloying for me. Clearing well .

Desperate to bring the FG down... I can nudge the temperature up but is there any chance another yeast strain would help it dry out a little more? How attenuative is S04 meant to be?

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Re: Help with my Darkmoor and its FG!

Postby Meatymc » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:15 pm

Not sure about S-04 - used it for the 1st time this month and FG finished a little higher than I would have liked - AlexLark noted the same thing on my recent S-04 thread on the Yeast forum.
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Re: Help with my Darkmoor and its FG!

Postby dean_wales » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:31 pm

What's the dryest ale yeast available?

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