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Old 12-28-2012, 08:11 AM   #11
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You know, if your brew is still in the kettle and cooled down to pitching temp, you could put the sanitized hydrometer in there to get your OG reading.

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:13 AM   #12
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If it's a high gravity IPA I'd just leave it in primary for three weeks and forget about racking to secondary. You can dry hop in the primary for the last week if you wanted.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:02 AM   #13
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Does OG 1.176 sound about right??? Obviously my first hydro reading

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:03 AM   #14
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I'm thinking probably 1.076 is probably the reading you're looking for.
1.076 should give you approx. 8%ABV
1.176 even if it finished at 1.090 would be a 12% beer unless you're trying to max out the ABV limit the yeast will produce I'm assuming you probably reading the hydrometer off.

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #15
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Maybe... It said 1.100 then several notches above that it said 70 and it was three little notches above that 70 so I just thought it meant 1.176 maybe your right at 1.076

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #16
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How can I take OG without a test jar and no wine thief/turkey baster??? All I have is the hydrometer
I wouldn't risk it. I'd just let it ferment as is, give it three weeks in primary, bottle, drink it as is and chalk it up to experience. You will have beer in the end, and honestly at this point it is what it is and ther's not much you can do about it. Why risk ruining a batch. Just my $.02.
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And you dont need a secondary. Just let it sit in the fermenting bucket for 3 weeks. Use your "secondary" as a 2nd primary and brew another batch!

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:06 AM   #18
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Another question...
I have a three piece airlock and I used starsan in it up to the line and its actually bubbling up out of the top a little bit. is that ok? It's not making a mess really but a bit did come out.... And it is constantly bubbling in the airlock so thats a good sign right?

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:54 AM   #19
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its good. if you start seeing foam from the krausen coming then get a blowoff tube on it

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:59 AM   #20
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I've always had problems with trying to dump back in after taking a hydrometer reading. I know your inclination is to want to keep as much beer as possible (this is especially true as I was brewing one-gallon batches at a time) but I wouldn't recommend it.

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