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Old 03-09-2007, 02:48 AM   #1
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Default Gravity Reading 1.004 - Confused

I just transfered my Fat Tire clone to the secondary. My OG was 1.056. I just took a reading from the secondary and ended up with 1.004 !!? Is that even possible? Here's the full story maybe my math is wrong somehow...

My initial reading from the secondary came in at 1.000 and I knew something was up.
I checked the Hydrometer and it's showing .996 w/80 degree water. It's calibrated at 60F so that means I get .998 at 60F, .002 below what it's supposed to be.

My secondary is showing 1.000 at 76 degrees which means to 1.002 at 60F. Add the .002 that the Hydrometer is off and you end up with 1.004. I don't know what the heck happened! It tastes fine.

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Old 03-09-2007, 02:57 AM   #3
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Sounds like there is something funky going on with your hydrometer reading or calibration, but as long as it tastes okay...

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Yeah...I just bought this Hydrometer too; the fancy one with the thermometer built in. *shrugs shoulders*

One more question. I've seen some talk on cold conditioning but I'm not sure what it's all about. Now that I have a kegging system, should I condition my secondary in the fridge for two weeks?

Thanks for all your help guys!

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Yeah...I just bought this Hydrometer too; the fancy one with the thermometer built in. *shrugs shoulders*

One more question. I've seen some talk on cold conditioning but I'm not sure what it's all about. Now that I have a kegging system, should I condition my secondary in the fridge for two weeks?

Thanks for all your help guys!
I've never heard of this. Wouldn't that slow down conditioning?
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Well I am in the same boat as Shlap I had a beer awhile back finish at 1.002 and thought how can this be possible. I checked the hydrometer and it was correct. All I can say is this beer was very very dry.

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Take a hydrometer tube or whatever you use for taking your readings and fill it with water at 60F. Use your thermometer.

Once it's 60F remove it and replace it with a hydrometer. Record your reading.

It should be 1.000. If it is not, record the difference. If it reads 1.004 then you have to adjust all of your readings by +004.

If you take an OG sample and it reads 1.057 at 73F then your actual reading is 1.061 for correction and +.002 for the temp correction = 1.063

For an FG of 1.004 at 66F it is really 1.008 plus .001 = 1.009.

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It could be an infection. The bugs will eat things that your ale yeast can't. Sometimes it will take a while for an off flavor to develop. It could be just fine, only dry, though.

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Yeah my Hydro is correct and the beer tastes just fine although dry and not alot of body.

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One more question. I've seen some talk on cold conditioning but I'm not sure what it's all about. Now that I have a kegging system, should I condition my secondary in the fridge for two weeks?
You could put your secondary in the fridge or you could put the keg in the fridge and let it condition in there. Just like one big bottle. What you would be doing is getting the chill haze out of the beer. That is, protiens that combine with tanins and other things at certian temperatures and form the haze in cold beer. If you chill it and let it sit for a couple of weeks, eventually they will fall out of the beer and settle in the bottom of the keg/carboy which ever you do it in. I try to let my kegs sit in the fridge for at least a week, usually I cant wait that long though.

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