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Old 10-28-2011, 01:15 AM   #1
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I brewed on Saturday. (O.G=1.060), checked today 1.019, my question is; should I be checking gravity often? Or am I going to jack it up checking it that often.



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Old 10-28-2011, 01:26 AM   #2
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Yes, when you constantly open your fermentor, the risk of infection goes up each time.

Rule of thumb for most of us on here: 3-4 weeks in primary for anything other than IPAs and Wheats.

I know it can be tough waiting, but your beer will definitely improve with time. I typically let my beers sit for 3 weeks, then I check gravity. I'll let it sit for another 3-4 days, then I'll check it again. If it's good to go, I'll bottle or keg.



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Old 10-28-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
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I think it depends. If you would like to minimize contamination risks and lost of beer, assuming you are using a hydrometer and bucket, you can wait 10 to 14days to start taking gravity readings to check for a completed fermentation (same gravity 3 samples in a row). From there, you can leave another week or two before bottling or kegging.
Some people have a spigot and refractometer, so contamination is less of a problem and no beer goes to waste, so daily samples from start to end are not a big deal if one likes that type of control.

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It is an IPA, I plan on leaving it in the primary another week, then racking to secondary and fry hopping. I just didnt know if it is possible to check tje gravity go much....

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You won't harm it, assuming you sanitized the wine thief or turkey baster when you took your sample.

I always think about what I"m going to do about any readings I take. If I'm going to make sure fermentation started, for example, a reading like you took is just fine. If I'm waiting to see if the beer is done, I'll wait a few more days before checking the gravity.

I normally leave the beers in the fermenter for 10-14 days, so unless I"m concerned that there is a problem, I normally don't check the SG unless I'm planning on doing something- packaging, dryhopping, etc.

But you didn't do any harm by checking now! It'll be fine.

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I used the spigot on my primary bucket, my secondary is a glass carboy. I just wanted to see where my abv is. I did the 1% booster and it has been 5 days and I am at anout 5.5% abv. The recipe says without the 1% boost I should hit around 6.5%, I am hoping for 7%, but if I am 5 days in and only @ 5.5% do u think I will hit my target of 7%??

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