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dpagan 10-13-2012 12:08 AM

First batch tomorrow
Getting ready to begin tomorrow. Quick last minute question....
What is the importance of hydrometer readings?

Brew-Jay 10-13-2012 12:16 AM

Get ready to be hooked!

The initial OG reading will tell you a few things. First you'll see how close to the mark you came on expected OG. Second, you'll have an initial reading to compare to the final gravity. And this will tell you what the alcohol by volume (ABV) is. It's not necessary for a tasty beer. But as you get more into this hobby repeatability becomes more important and measurements help you achieve that.

Brew-Jay 10-13-2012 12:18 AM

By the way, what recipe are you brewing?

dpagan 10-13-2012 12:38 AM

Gotcha. I have a lot of equipment but don't have hydrometer. I will have to get one. But glad I don't need at the moment. The local brew supply is open tomorrow but I plan on being well into it before they open. I got an extract IPA kit. I'm ready to be hooked! Lol been thinking about doing it for a while but never truly pursued. Now I'm ready.

unionrdr 10-13-2012 03:45 PM

Why not just run over there now & get one? Better to be prepared.

dpagan 10-13-2012 05:45 PM

I say local but it's 30 min. Away. Brewing now, I have not had any major foam issue. One small initial foam but it stopped after one time off burner....is that a good sign, bad sign, or neither?

dbsmith 10-13-2012 07:57 PM

That's the hot break. Sometimes it's massive, sometimes not so much, just depends on the ingredients and the boil strength. Brew valiantly :mug:

dpagan 10-13-2012 09:26 PM

One other thing I strained most of the hops from the fermenter. Good idea or bad? Everything else went good.

dpagan 10-13-2012 09:27 PM

I should note strained during the transfer from kettle to fermenter...

Geiger420 10-13-2012 11:28 PM

Its good to strain the trub. I use the grain bags. Put the hops on the grain bags, knot the bag and snip it for the next time. It cuts down the filtering at the end.

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