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Old 03-18-2008, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default Coopers' Draught OG 1034

Fairly new to this (4 beers bottled), and been getting some funny things going on on the hydrometer, including FG's of 1012 on a couple of beers done with lager enhancers, etc. But this one's really got me confoozed - an OG of about 1034 on a Coopers' Draught kit with 1kg dextrose and 23 litres of water. There's nothing I could have messed up.

What's the chances my borrowed hydrometer being gammy? I fill the skinny tube it lives in that's marginally wider than the hydrometer, and sit the thing in there till it settles. A few pokes to make sure it's consistent...???

What it boils down to is I'm worried my beer is going to be missing out on the most important part - alcohol content



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Old 03-18-2008, 03:54 AM   #2
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Twist the hydrometer around ensure that there are not bubbles sticking to it. Then check the measurement again.



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Old 03-18-2008, 04:47 AM   #3
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You can check the accuracy of the hydrometer in water at 60F. It should read 1.0. I would try it otherwise you may not have mixed the batch well and are getting a screwy reading.

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I dont think the most important part of beer is Alcohol content, But if you didnt stir well you will get a watered down Hydrometer reading.

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Old 03-18-2008, 07:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for those suggestions. Checked hydrometer in water for a true reading of 1000 .

Also stirred the wort hard out for about a minute to ensure plenty of oxygenation...??

Again, thanks for the ideas tho!

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I dont think the most important part of beer is Alcohol content,...
Was just baiting Kind of.
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Was just baiting Kind of.
What was the temp of the wort when you took your reading?Also next time you make one of the prehopped cans, try about 1 kg of DME you will like it much better.
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I think I see the problem. 1kg of Dextrose. Coopers kits call for 2 kg of extra fermentable sugar, and you're 1kg short which accounts for the missing gravity.

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Sheesh, that sent me running to the recycle bucket to check the empty can!! In this one (the draught), it calls for the normal 1kg of sugar.

Regarding DME, does one simply replace 1kg of sugar with 1kg malt?

Wort temp was about 23c (73f). Still is. Fermentation still hasn't really kicked. Thinking bout doing a yeast starter in future, if I can figure out how.

Thank you for feedback thus far!!

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oh yeah... my bad

its 2.2 # or 1 kg not the other way around - sorry



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