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Old 12-02-2010, 04:02 AM   #11
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listen to me, redwings. lumpher doesn't understand what you are trying to say. he still thinks you mean 1.100 SG, not 1.1% potential alcohol (which is definitely what you are reading).

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Old 12-02-2010, 04:21 AM   #12
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listen to me, redwings. lumpher doesn't understand what you are trying to say. he still thinks you mean 1.100 SG, not 1.1% potential alcohol (which is definitely what you are reading).
i understand the possibilities and that either way is possible. what i'm implying is that it needs to be clear if it's alcohol % or gravity. i wasn't the 1 taking the reading, so i'm not going to assume he's wrong, dogphish. if it's 1.1%, let it go longer. if it's 1.100 gravity and has been racked, too much viable yeast has been removed, and more needs to be added. i don't see how it could be 1.100 with that recipe, either
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:33 AM   #13
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listen to me, redwings. lumpher doesn't understand what you are trying to say. he still thinks you mean 1.100 SG, not 1.1% potential alcohol (which is definitely what you are reading).
I'll double check again first thing in the morning I guess. I was pretty sure I was reading the gravity side not the alcohol but hey maybe I had too many
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:41 AM   #14
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I'll double check again first thing in the morning I guess. I was pretty sure I was reading the gravity side not the alcohol but hey maybe I had too many
If you were reading the gravity side then...well, you need to recalibrate your hydrometer. NB lists the OG of the extract version of that kit at 1.065.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:34 PM   #15
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After checking again this morning I had a reading of 1.090. While pondering if I had any clue how to read one of these on my drive home from work today I decided to make a quick stop at my local brew supply store. With my new hydrometer sanitized and ready to role I check it again. My gravity now reads 1.024.

It is common for hydrometer to go bad? It is a $10 glass hydrometer, nothing fancy, its not cracked or anything.

After less than two weeks and only a few days in the primary my gravity is right on target for a finished batch. Is it possible that my beer has completed fermentation 3 weeks ahead of schedule? Did I lose flavor from pulling it off the primary cake too early? There appears to be no yeast cake in the secondary AT ALL.

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Old 12-02-2010, 10:20 PM   #16
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i have no idea about hydrometers going bad. i guess anything is possible. it IS a mechanical device. i was thinking that maybe your hydrometer was clinging to the side of the tube (assuming that you do your readings in a tube).

it it totally possible that your beer is done fermenting. i fermented a 5% beer in 3 days one time. but, your taste can suffer by doing it that way.

at higher temperatures, yeast ferments more quickly, but it also give off more esters (unwanted banana and clove taste). many advanced brewers leave their beer in the primary for a month and skip the secondary. many of them also try to gradually lower the temperature after fermentation starts so the can extend the fermentation over a full month. you can gauge the fermentation level by how fast the fermenter is bubbling.

always use a hydrometer to ensure that fermentation is done. the hydrometer should give you the same reading for 48 hours before you bottle.

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Haha, my bad. I went over to a buddies who is brewing the same beer as me (he have me the idea). He is the one that got me into brewing. I wanted to see how his batch was going and have a home brew of course I went on his PC and didn't realize he was logged in until he told me. Oops
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Haha, my bad. I went over to a buddies who is brewing the same beer as me (he have me the idea). He is the one that got me into brewing. I wanted to see how his batch was going and have a home brew of course I went on his PC and didn't realize he was logged in until he told me. Oops
He's a nice guy, he just isn't that bright
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On another note, his hydrometer is clearly off. The OG of the kit is only 1.065. I'm sitting at 1.020 after 3 weeks and it has finally stalled. Amazingly Redwings0102 has a gravity of 1.024 after a week and a half. I even used a yeast starter.

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Old 12-03-2010, 12:35 AM   #20
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i don't think that points toward an badly calibrated thermometer. it could be two things.

1. maybe he just fermented at a higher temperature than you did. you could finish fermentation in one day probably, but the higher temperatures would ruin your beer.

2. fermentation usually very active the first week. the fermenter bubbles a lot and the specific gravity falls very quickly. so, if you charted the drop in specific gravity of the batches on a graph, the curve would probably be the same.

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