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Old 11-19-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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So I was bottling two beers the other night, and in between while I was boiling the water for the priming sugar my hydrometer found it's way onto the stove top, melting it instantly. I saved samples of both beers to test when I bought a new hydrometer, which turned out to be today. One of the beers was an Imperial Chocolate Stout, and the finishing gravity was 1.040. I was expecting it to be a good amount lower, something like 1.020 or maybe even lower than that. Could the beer sitting for 3 nights in a cup done something to effect this?



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Old 11-19-2009, 10:39 PM   #2
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No. I don't think your gravity can't go up without adding sugar.



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How long was it in the fermenter? Might not have been done. Lots of guys here (and I'm becoming a believer) recommend leaving a brew at least 3 weeks in the primary, and not bottling/kegging until you get 3 identical daily SG readings.

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No. I don't think your gravity can't go up without adding sugar.
But it can go up by removing water, i.e. evaporation.
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But it can go up by removing water, i.e. evaporation.
You are correct

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Could the beer sitting for 3 nights in a cup done something to effect this?
Do you know how much your sample evaporated in the 3 days and nights?


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