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Old 11-10-2012, 11:15 AM   #11
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What was the OG ?

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:20 PM   #12
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What was the OG ?
This is still kind of new to me and one area I made a mistake on because I pitched my yeast before I took my reading. My reading was 30 so I am thinking this means 1.030?
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:14 AM   #13
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Were you reading through the meniscus or on top of it? That's where the liquid curves up the side of the hydrometer. You read straight through it,not on top of it. That is to say,straight through that lil; curve in line with the top level of the fluid.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:31 PM   #14
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Looking back now I think I was reading on top of the meniscus.

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So it could be 1.032.
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Well not sure what to think here but my air lock stop showing activity after about 2.5 days approximately and its been at a constant range of 65-70 degree range.

Is this normal?

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:42 AM   #17
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Yep. Normal. Let it sit for another week and a half and take another gravity reading.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:59 AM   #18
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Yep. Normal. Let it sit for another week and a half and take another gravity reading.
I could not wait......before I saw your post I just figured it was done and I bottled it up. My reading was 1.014........not sure but did I just make 2% ABV beer? If so then I need to have my head checked out.
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I'd put'em in a tote with a tight lid just in case. Might still get some bottle bombs.
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I finally started my first brew earlier today. I think I made a few mistakes like the wort was at 80 degrees when I pitched in the yeast and that was like after waiting 3 hours for it to cool down enough first. So I just hope I did not contaminate it by letting it stay partial exposed for so long.

I ended up using:

(1.8KG LME) + (3 cups of light DME) + (3 cups of corn sugar) to 6 US gallons.

......and about 5 hours later a bit of activity in the air lock.
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This is still kind of new to me and one area I made a mistake on because I pitched my yeast before I took my reading. My reading was 30 so I am thinking this means 1.030?
I think you had a failure to mix. This is common when you top up that the heavier wort is on the bottom and the thinner watery wort on the top. I once had a 1.070 of a 1.045 extract grain bill. Failed to mix well (I draw off the bottom for my gravity readings)
1.8KG of LME at about 37pppg works out to about 145 to 150 point in 5 gallons is 1.030 from the LME. The 3 cups of DME and corn sugar in this, and without having a good lb to cup conversion, I'll conservativily say 1lb of each for another about 15 to 20 points of og - bringing og possibly up to 1.050 at the 1/4 rule of fermentation, that brings us to an expected FG of 1.012 or 1.013.

So 1.014 is probably ok. Expecially since my 3cups =1 lb is a WAG at this point, (I may measure and check at home.)
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