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Old 01-28-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Original Gravity.. am I missing something??

Ok today i tried to brew a Belgian style beer with a original gravity of 1.070. Upon taking my OG reading it read 1.050ish... I dont see how this is possible as I used these as my fermentables

6lbs of LME
1.5 Belgian Candy Sugar (homemade)
1/2 lb of corn sugar
+ whatever from specialty grains.

?? Is my hydrometer off?? I've been skeptical of that device

thanks for your help

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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What was the temp of the wort?

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:50 PM   #3
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Yeah, you're missing something, your original gravity.

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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Seriously though, was this a partial boil or did you top off this batch with water?

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Old 01-28-2011, 10:08 PM   #5
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How many gallons are you trying to make (i.e. critical info)?

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Old 01-28-2011, 10:21 PM   #6
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I'm sorry it was partial boil and topped off with water at the 5 gallon mark. Temp of the water was exactly 70*. Never really had a problem hitting my target gravity... thinking I screwed up the homemade candi... not sure if that is possible though?... Thanks!

I did aerate the wort before taking the reading like a sillywilly?? I would guess this could make the wort "lighter" or less dense of course...

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Well, I took a minute to run your numbers through software and come up with a predicted OG of 1.050 for 5.5 gallons. Where are you getting 1.070?

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damn it! I did the math and I knew I needed 9.5lbs of LME... the guy at the home brew shop assured me that I did not need that much extract! Well after I got the reading I boiled another 2 cups of corn sugar and added it to my wort then pitched my yeast.. grrrrr!!! Doubt that brings it up to 1.070... by the way it was a bastardized Chimay Red Clone.... A monk would probably smack me for using my own candi and S-33 high gravity yeast (not that I need it for this average abv brew)

I REALLY appreciate your help... could I add corn sugar now?? or just chalk it up to go by your own math experience??

Hmmmm might start have to find a new beer store... Thats like telling someone that dont need two slices of cheese for double cheeseburger!

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how much specialty grain was in this? if there was 2lbs or so, and you have 5gals then you should be around 1.07

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No it was only around 1 lb... I followed the Clone recipes. I try to watch my cost on each beer and instead of using 4lbs of dme I did the math and converted it all to lme. I came up with 9.5lbs but the local beer shop convinced that was to much.. they insisted that 6lb plus my 1.5lb of belgian candi would be enough. oh well next I will just buy what I want/need and not just listen to someone else. Thanks though!

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