Originally Posted by Kephren
Well, your alcohol calculation is about right for those numbers. According to the calculators on TexanBrew.com, you're at 98% efficiency. Maybe something wrong with the hydrometer?
The Hydrometer reads 1000 in pure water so I know its not that. What I am wondering is if sedimentation that was present in the Wort could have scewed the gravity.
I would venture to guess that 98% efficiency is almost an impossibility.
While I'll accept it not being 98% there are two things that do stand out.
1) It smells like alcohol
2) It tastes like alcohol
I should not that I am taking 5 gallons of liquid out of the wort ton. I dont stop sparging and then add pure water to the carboy to top off to 5 gallons. I run as much water through the mash ton as it takes to get 5 gallons of wart.
Does this matter?