Another comedy of errors batch. So much went wrong here. Some day I'll be able to just have everything I need set out, in order, and nearby rather than moving around between 3+ rooms, moving stuff around in the garage, etc. Hopefully then I can get everything right.

For now, just a quick copy and paste from my Brewtarget notes:

  • Used grain amounts which should have been for 70% efficiency into BK for 6.5 gallons into the fermenter while targetting 5.5 gallons into the fermenter.
  • Forgot that the water + grains was too much for my kettle and so overflowed the water when adding grains
  • Somehow did not come anywhere close to intended pre-boil gravity even with too much grain because efficiency was terrible
  • Again forgot about water volume issue and spilled wort when lifting the grain basket and then setting it back down in the wort for a moment.
  • Somehow ended up with what looked to be the right amount of water for boiling anyway after letting the grain drain.
  • Ended with 5.5 gallons in the fermenter but really low OG.

In the end, I think it'll be good, anyway. Maybe a bit thin due to the low gravity.

I do have some suspicions about what happened with the gravity. Only brewing this a few more times will tell for sure. This is the first time I've tried to step mash. The mash schedule for this was

  • 113F for 10 minutes
  • 131F for 5 minutes
  • 149F for 20 minutes (I skipped a decoction here to simplify a bit)
  • 158F for 10 minutes
  • 168F for 15 minutes

So it's possible that even with a 5500 watt heating element that the wort spent too long at weird temps vs using decocted boiling wort to heat to the next step.


I had concerns about this one due to how many things went wrong. It's lower ABV than intended, but in some ways that is a nice surprise, since the flavor is fine. This is producing far more foam and a longer lasting head, which is likely related to the step mashing. The clove flavor may be strong than intended for a Dunkelweizen, again likely related to the step mashing, but I like it.

Style Details

1.044 - 1.057 1.008 - 1.014 10 - 18
14 - 23 srm

Batch Details

Brewed OnPackaged OnOn Tap DateOriginal GravityFinal GravityColor
April 6, 2024 April 21, 2024 May 18, 2024 1.046 1.008
17 srm