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Old 09-24-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Forgot to take first hydrometer reading?

So my beer has been fermentin for a bout two days now however I forgot to take the first hydrometer reading is it okay to open my fermenter to take a reading after a couple of days or is it worse to open it this early??

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Old 09-24-2013, 12:19 AM   #2
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I wouldn't bother. The gravity has already dropped significantly. If you have both a hydrometer and a refractometer you can calculate OG and ABV from final measurements.

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Was your brew a kit? If it was your OG is what was specified by the recipe as long as your volumes were correct. If not a kit don't worry. OG is only useful for estimating ABV. A hydrometer reading after fermentation has begun will only give you a ball park OG. Not worth the risk of infection.
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If it tastes good after bottle conditioning your brew was a success.

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Was your brew a kit? If it was your OG is what was specified by the recipe as long as your volumes were correct. If not a kit don't worry. OG is only useful for estimating ABV. A hydrometer reading after fermentation has begun will only give you a ball park OG. Not worth the risk of infection.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/forgot-take-hydrometer-reading-before-fermentation-433590/
If it tastes good after bottle conditioning your brew was a success.
As long as it was an EXTRACT kit and the volumes were correct - your OG is what it was advertised at.

DON"T take it now - as stated above - no real reason to, and a good way to infect your beer. it is really not "necessary" information - it is nice to have, but not critical to the outcome of your product.
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Thanks for all the advice, picture attatched is the kit I used. Anything I need to know/consider for a successful brew?also would like to know how/when to transfer to secondary carboy and how/if I can add some orange flavor to secondary when transferring?

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