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Old 08-04-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hey, im just about to go into secondary fermentation with a coopers beer and my hydrometer readings for the last 24hours have been 1.000.

Is there something wrong as per my instruction book it should be between 1.006 and 1.012.

Probably being over paranoid again

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Old 08-04-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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What reading does your hydrometer give when you test it using water ?

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Old 08-04-2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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Your beer is totally screwed. Anything below 1.006 becomes toxic. Send it to me for proper disposal.

Seriously though it should be fine. Was your starting gravity where you wanted it? Take another reading, 1.000 seems pretty difficult to do with a beer. Ciders and whatnot that use corn sugar can get pretty low. Assuming somehow your beer did get down that low, which I'm not sure it really did... well it will be a bit drier than you might like. However go ahead and bottle it anyway. Odds are it was just an incorrect reading.

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Did you add a lot of sugar? Post your recipe and OG and we'll give a shot at trouble shooting your issue.

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Old 08-04-2009, 01:07 PM   #5
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What reading does your hydrometer give when you test it using water ?
With water it comes in at 0.800.....is that right?

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Old 08-04-2009, 01:10 PM   #6
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I was using a Coopers home brew with 1KG of sugar added in.

This is a link to the kit: Coopers Europen Lager 1.7Kg - €11.99 : The Homebrew Company, One Stop Homebrew Shop

Its been in primary for about 10 days. I was just about to bottle 4 and put the rest into secondary.

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Old 08-04-2009, 01:15 PM   #7
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No... it should read 1.000 in water at STP (standard temperature and pressure).

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With water it comes in at 0.800.....is that right?

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No it should be 1.000 in water, assuming the water is at the temp the hydrometer is calibrated at. It should be printed on the hydrometer. I think mine is 16 celsius.
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Make sure you are adjusting for temperature as well.
Using Hydrometers - John Palmer

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With water it comes in at 0.800.....is that right?

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Hydrometers don't even go below .990. So, maybe your hydrometer is .998?

This is a simplified view, it doesn't show the "lines" that mark each reading. But this is a good example in how they look. You can see at the top that the lowest it can ever read is .990.



This is a picture from the gallery (thanks, Conroe!) showing a typical reading of the original gravity. You can see where 1.000 is.
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