Efficiency too high - diluted with water

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twistandstout
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Efficiency too high - diluted with water

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I haven't brewed in a while and thought I'd try my hand at a Munich Dunkel. I put together my recipe and the brew day went smoothly, However, my target OG was 1.054 and I wound up with 1.074. I was pretty shocked. I did a calculation and that's 87% mash efficiency. I had estimated my efficiency at 75% or so.

Anyways, I didn't want to wind up with a really alcoholic lager or traumatize my 2124 bohemian lager yeast so I decided to dilute it a bit to bring the OG down. I used some old spring water I had and a bit of tap water (I'm on an artesian well). I know I should have probably gone with distilled or boiled it before but at that point I was pretty tired. I didn't treat my water this time around anyways as I'm still testing to see what beer brewed with my own well water tastes like.

So I ended up diluting from 11.8L to 15L. Then I realized that may have messed up my IBU's. It's a lager so it's not too big a deal for me but still, big brain fart. Haven't brewed in a full year. :facepalm:

I'm assuming nothing major will come of this, but what does everyone think? I got the lager down to around 12.5C with my wort chiller and programmed my fridge at around 7-8C for primary.

Thanks!! :cheers:

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I think you will be fine. A Munich Dunkel is a malt forward beer anyway.

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You will be fine!
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Good to know. Thanks for the reassurance! :cheers:

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Holy Crap!
1.054 expected and 1.074 realised? That's some efficiency.
Sometimes I wish I could achieve 87% ME.
At least you know there is no problem with your equipment. LOL
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