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Bottling interruptus... Advice please!

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I have bottled 12 bottles of the Aztec +1 lb pale malt +1 lb booster +1 cup table sugar. I read the original gravity at 1.068. I am bottle priming and cold crashed the lbk for 3 days. It was in the cabinet for 3 weeks.

After bottling 12 I remembered I wanted to do a hydrometer reading and did, and it was around 1.018.

My question: shouldn't it be lower than that before I bottle? And if so, are those 12 bombs waiting to explode? And if so, can I pour that back into the LBK (with the little extra sugar) and return it to the cabinet to warm up, and pretend this never happened?

Or is it ok?

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If you fermented it for 3 weeks, it should be fine. Some of the refills will stay around 1.012 to 1.018 depending on the recipe. After 3 weeks, I seriously doubt the gravity will go down any lower.

Also, don't forget to do your hydrometer temperature correction for an accurate reading.

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No you cannot pour it back.

You likely made a batch of crappy tasting beer with all those additions. What was your goal?

FG should have been around what it was.

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RickBeer- well my goal was to mix all that up and see what it tastes like. I will say, judging by the taste from the hydrometer tube, it won't be bad. What I have learned, and will carry this on, is not to add so much table sugar. I added too much to a Bavarian wheat and now know what "it dries out your beer" means. I didn't before, now I do, and I can taste it at the end of this Aztec, too. But it will be ok.

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You also added way too much adjuncts to the malt and took a 1.87 pound hopped malt extract and added 3 pounds of stuff to it, thereby basically neutralizing the hops.

I would expect a very cidery/green brew for months. I suggest you look into brewing software such as QBrew.

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And it was a very lightly hopped extract at that. You might get away with that better if you used an extract with high IBU - but unless you want it to taste dry, use malt extract not sugar. I just made an experiment splitting a seasonal size can into 2 brews but it had an IBU of > 40 before I started.

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1.018 seems about right for an OG of 1.068 - at 75% attenuation, it would reach 1.017, so close enough. I doubt you'll see any bottle-bombs.

 

Good luck with your "Frankenbrew"! It will take a little while longer to condition, but I imagine it will be fine.

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The Aztec is one of my favorites but I did not get too extreme with the batch.

 

The Added table sugar no/no and the booster plus LME might need hopping because of the lost flavor. It will be cider strong and tart but like others are suggesting it might need extra conditioning.

 

I hit the boosters hard and figured out that better beer comes with less ABV but within your limitations. Florida Beer is around 5% what I am accustomed to. So I aim for 4-8 ABV normally.

 

Cheers

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