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Old 06-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Post-boil gravity just a few points higher than pre-boil?!?

I brewed an ESB on Saturday and something I can't explain happened:

I took the preboil gravity and it came out at 1.049 (chilled to 60). After boiling and chilling, I took the OG sample, chilled to 60, and it came out...1.051?!? I had 6.75g. preboil and minus trub/hop absorption I ended up with UNDER 5g in the FV yet my gravity only went up 2 points?!?

The samples were taken as follows:

preboil, I cracked the BK valve and ran some wort from the kettle (all runnings collected and boil almost going) into the test jar, cooled in bucket of ice water.

postboil, I pinched tube about halfway thru racking into FV and filled test jar, cooled in bucket of ice water.

Any possible explanation??

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It's likely the wort wasn't sufficiently mixed together. Or maybe the hydrometer really likes 1.050.

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It's likely the wort wasn't sufficiently mixed together. Or maybe the hydrometer really likes 1.050.
I'm hoping it's the former, although it's funny...most of my beers come out 1.040-1.050...

From now on I'm taking hydro samples from a mixed BK for preboil and a mixed FV for postboil.
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