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Old 07-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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what should a normal gravity reading for an american pale ale after 10 days in the primary. I racked to secondary and took a hydrometer reading and got 1.005. Thanks



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Old 07-18-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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It depends on the starting gravity and the recipe and the ingredients. That seems low. Did you add sugar? What was the recipe?



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Old 07-18-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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It depends on your recipe, but I think an 'average' final gravity for a pale ale is anywhere from 1.010 - 1.018

1.005 seems pretty low, but someone with more experience could give better info. I think the lower the final gravity the dryer the beer will be and the higher the ABV% will be.

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Old 07-19-2007, 12:55 AM   #4
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according to beersmith 1.010-1.015

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Old 07-19-2007, 02:04 AM   #5
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Speaking of hydrometers, I'm about to buy one but am a bit confused. I was thinking of getting this triple scale hydrometer:
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_67_64&products_id=801

Do I need to buy the test cylinder too?

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Old 07-19-2007, 02:12 AM   #6
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No, but unless you plan on putting the hydrometer directly in the fermenter, it's the best thing for reading a sample. You need a container that is deep, but very narrow so that you don't waste much beer. Puting the fermenter in a bucket is easy, but hard to take a reading. A carboy is easy to read, but har to get it in and out. Get the hydrometer jar...

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My first pale I did it fermented to 1.004. It's really dry. Guess my yeast was extra fresh and awesome when I didn't want it to be.

As for the hydrometer, yes, I too would recommend the jar.

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Old 07-20-2007, 11:02 AM   #8
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You have probably mashed on too low temperatures. 1.005 is way too low and the beer will be dry and dull. What was your mashing temperature? If you did a two stage @58C and @66C with well modified malt, you will get about 1.003-1.005 FG. Perhps you could achieve so low a FG with single infusion mashing as well, but you would have to go really low, like 63-64C or something and use really well modified malt.

In a nutshell: your FG has nothing to do with yeast or fermentation temps, you just got too much fermentable sugars. Buy a better thermometre and check your mashing temps.

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Old 07-20-2007, 03:04 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Captain Tex

Do I need to buy the test cylinder too?
While you can use a hydrometer in the plastic tube that it comes in, I find that very hard to read. Buy the cylinder, you won't regret it.


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