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Old 11-24-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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So, I made a pumpkin ale and decided to take gravity measurements every step if the way. I am wondering what thoughts there may be about these readings. A little high . . . a little low . . . just right . . . cannot comment . . . etc.

Here are the readings:

3 gallon mash: 1.078
4 gallon sparge: 1.043
Start of boil: 1.058
60 minutes: 1.067
90 minutes: 1.070
Final gravity (before pitching yeast): 1.064
One month in fermenter: 1.024

Is it odd that the gravity went down at the end of the 90 minute boil and after chilling the wort? Also, after one month in the fermenter, is my gravity still a bit high?

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I lurk a lot and have asked a few questions myself, so I'm going to guess at the impending responses of some more seasoned veterans:

What was your recipe? What was your mash temp? Was this extract or all-grain?

Did I do good?

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What was your recipe? What was your mash temp? Was this extract or all-grain?

Did I do good?
Yes you did!!!!

The numbers really are meaningless to us without the recipe and process info.
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What was your recipe?

- don't recall. i have my notes / recipe at home and i'm here at work now.

What was your mash temp?

- 150

Was this extract or all-grain?

- all grain.

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Also, what yeast strain did you use? Liquid or dry? If liquid, did you make a starter? What was your fermentation temperature?

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what yeast strain did you use? Liquid or dry

- liquid

If liquid, did you make a starter?

- nope. actually, i never use a starter. i just smack the package and let it swell up and then pour it in.

What was your fermentation temperature?

- 70

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Can't this question be answered without additional information?

Is it odd that the gravity went down at the end of the 90 minute boil and after chilling the wort?

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Is it odd that the gravity went down at the end of the 90 minute boil and after chilling the wort? Also, after one month in the fermenter, is my gravity still a bit high?
I don't need a recipe to know this isn't right. Did you compensate for the sample temp? Not possible to lose 6 points after the boil.

It's possible the pumpkin had something to do with the reading.
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Can't this question be answered without additional information?

Is it odd that the gravity went down at the end of the 90 minute boil and after chilling the wort?
Yes, that question can, however that is not the only question here.
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for what its worth, i used a refractometer for all the readings except the final reading, for which i used a hydrometer. i don't think temp was a factor: using a refractometer, i just used a tiny bit of wort, which by the time it hit the refractometer was probably back down to room temp, or at least close to it. in the end, i'm just curious about the readings and numbers and all. bottom line (and most important point) is that the stuff tasted pretty dang good. it had a nice pumpkin taste and a nice spicy taste as well (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.: all hand crushed)

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