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pNut 06-30-2012 04:49 PM

help my hydrometer reading
not very good with numbers and need help making sense of my hydrometer reading please. My reading ses 1.020.

Dark_Ale 06-30-2012 04:56 PM

well not sure what you are asking that could be a finish gravity of a big beer, what did your Hydrometer say when you started

pNut 06-30-2012 05:05 PM

This is the first reading I have done, and my first time brewing. Yes I'm testing gravity and my beer has been fermenting for 10 days.

pNut 06-30-2012 05:14 PM

What is a big beer?

pNut 06-30-2012 05:20 PM

What ia a big beer please?

afr0byte 06-30-2012 05:21 PM

Your gravity reading doesn't do you much good if you don't take a starting gravity reading. It's possible to get a decent estimate of the starting gravity if you know your volume rather precisely and you know how much extract you used, but you should take a gravity reading before pitching the yeast. If you did all-grain (probably not, since it was your first beer), then there's no telling what your original ravity was.

afr0byte 06-30-2012 05:22 PM


Originally Posted by pNut (Post 4215426)
What ia a big beer please?

A big beer is a beer that is high in alcohol (e.g. a barleywine).

james2507 06-30-2012 05:22 PM

You have to take a specific gravity reading before pitching ur yeast ( this is OG, original gravity) for beer it will be around 1.040 and then take one at the end of your fermentation and this will be around 1.005 (FG, final gravity) for a lager type beer but for a full bodied beer these values are different, to work out the ABV you do this calculation:
(OG-FG)/7.46 +0.5= ABV
(1040-1005)/7.46 +0.5= 5.2%

pNut 06-30-2012 05:24 PM

Ok bit lost now is it safe for me to bottle or should i wait a couple of days and then do another reading? Im using the youngs bitter 1.5kg beer kit.

james2507 06-30-2012 05:27 PM

If the reading is the same three days in a row you should be fine to bottle

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