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Old 03-22-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Will Dry Hopping change the FG?

Could or should dry hopping produce a higher gravity reading than prior to dry hopping? Has anyone seen their gravity go higher after dry hopping?



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No, unless you have particles of hop material stuck to your hydrometer.



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Could or should dry hopping produce a higher gravity reading than prior to dry hopping? Has anyone seen their gravity go higher after dry hopping?
If you get a higher FG, your hydro is probably sitting on a hop.

No, hops cannot change gravity readings as they contain no sugar.
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If you get a higher FG, your hydro is probably sitting on a hop.

No, hops cannot change gravity readings as they contain no sugar.
While I know this, I am groping to find a reason for why my gravity went from 1.013 to 1.018, from when I racked to 2ndry to when I bottled, respectively.

The only smoking gun that can be the cause is the hydrometer. The first reading was with hydrometer A, which took a dive and committed suicide. The 2nd reading was with with hydrometer B. I reckon its possible they aren't calibrated the same, but 5 points seems like a serious error. I do correct for temp on all of my readings and made sure they were calibrated to the same temp. It just doesn't make sense.

Either way, when I bottled and took that 2nd reading I smelled and tasted the brew and IT IS RIGHT ON THE MONEY! Hell, if I just chilled it I would be happy drinking it flat!

Any other thoughts would be great, but honestly I am not gonna sweat this one. The proof is in the bottle!
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was the second reading after adding priming sugar, cuz that'd do it.

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was the second reading after adding priming sugar, cuz that'd do it.
You are a genius and I am a dolt! Of course that is it! OMG... embarrassing! Thanks, DCP.


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