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Old 08-12-2014, 02:03 AM   #21
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Did you take the OG reading before or after topping up your fermenter with water? If you took it before dilution that would explain why it was so high. Could also be that the wort wasn't fully mixed with the top up water when you took the sample. You should be pretty much spot on if you're using DME and not mashing any grain.

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Old 08-12-2014, 02:55 AM   #22
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I boiled 6 gallons, so I did it all at once vs adding water at the end. I took the reading after transferring to the fermenting bucket. I did kind of skim the top of the beer with the turkey baster to get a reading and I used a very thin/narrow tube(container for floating thermometer) for the hydrometer to sit in to get the OG reading. I used a Liqued Malt Extract, and did not do any specialty grains or mashing.

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