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Old 02-03-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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So I am on my fourth all grain batch. Many have turned out very thin and dry after fermentation.

I cracked my hyrdro taking a reading on a Tripel IPA I just brewed. The hydro was reading a TG of 1.020 right where it should be, but it had the top snapped off. So I get a new one, a different brand. It reads 10 ptnts different. I test it in a finished beer out of the bottle...still 10 ptnts.

My thoughts were the new one was wrong because when I brew to recipe I was hitting my gravity ptnts perfect. So I run out and get distilled water which should read 0 ptnts. New one reads 0, old one 1.010

I am so upset because I have been trying to figure out why my beers taste good when I transfer to secondary, but then after clearing up and kegging they are no good.

I sat in the kitchen swearing up a storm. I put my heart and soul into those beers and there no good. My wife says....well now you know why.... aren't you glad it happened. Yes, but man am I upset.

How do I salvage these beers. Do I brew the same beer with high gravity and blend back? Do I add maltodextrine?

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Old 02-03-2011, 12:19 AM   #2
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If they are already bottled just drink them! That and you can't really blame a hydrometer for a week or thin beer. We have all been there, done that (thin beers) and one needs to know your reciepe and mash details to give you advice. I am sure that is where you can improve your beer. In my experience, in very general terms, to get a thicker, heavier beer, one needs a larger amount of grains and higher mash temperatures.

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Since the top snapped off, the center of gravity shifted down giving you an artificially high reading, confirmed by the distilled water test.

FG aside, what don't you like about the old brews?

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What joety said. I'm trying to figure out how they could be good after primary and bad when you bottle.

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Old 02-03-2011, 12:45 AM   #5
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Since the top snapped off, the center of gravity shifted down giving you an artificially high reading, confirmed by the distilled water test.

FG aside, what don't you like about the old brews?
The top snapped today. I replaced it today. I have not been using it that way this whole time.

Do you think it was accurate and since breaking its now reading high? In which case I am getting very high attenuations.
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What joety said. I'm trying to figure out how they could be good after primary and bad when you bottle.
I taste when I transfer to secondary. Take reading and usually give it one more week. If I was off, then I should have pulled them at this time, not waited another week as i usually get more ptnts in that last week. IE- last beer was moved to 2nd at 1.021 and finished the week around 1.009 and then I crash cooled for a few days and racked to the keg.

They taste very dry without any residual sugar.
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The top snapped today. I replaced it today. I have not been using it that way this whole time.

Do you think it was accurate and since breaking its now reading high? In which case I am getting very high attenuations.
If the hydro snapped and this threw off the center of gravity and makes it artifically high, then if I check one of my finished beers i measured a few weeks ago, it should be different and higher than my notes?
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I can't say for sure it was accurate before the top snapped off, but I can say snapping the top off would make it inaccurate in the direction you determined, therefore, it's safe to say it was likely accurate at the time and thus your "bad beer" issue is likely unrelated.

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If the hydro snapped and this threw off the center of gravity and makes it artifically high, then if I check one of my finished beers i measured a few weeks ago, it should be different and higher than my notes?
Correct, assuming it was done fermenting, that test should work. The broken hydro should give you a higher reading than when it was not broken.
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Ok so my belgian blonde on tap reads 1.011 on the new hydro and 10 ptnts higher on the old one. So the ten ptnts is due to the hydro breaking and in fact my readings were probably accurate.

New problem. My Tripel Ipa now over attenuated. OG was 1.082 and now is 1.011, target was in the 1.018 to 1.1021 range. Hard to judge the taste from hydro sample. Its very hoppy and needs to clear.

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