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Old 06-03-2013, 10:03 PM   #31
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Cool, thanks. Recipe says OG is 1.062. What is the usual change between OG and FG? Is there a thread on this around somewhere?

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:08 PM   #32
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It's not that cut & dried. It depends on what's in the recipe,mash temp/time,etc. There is usually a typical range listed for a recipe or kit though. Many sites have PDF's for there kit's recipes that give the numbers. But for an OG 1.062,I'd say 1.010-1.014 would be a normal,average FG range.

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Thanks.

Tell me if I have the basic concept -

Gravity readings not changing means fermentation is done, and unless the temp is too low or something else is wrong, that means the yeast have fermented all the available sugar and the beer is ready to bottle.

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I carbonate and refrigerate the sample to see what it will taste like bottled. It's actually, usually pretty good so no waste.

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A stable gravity reading means one of two things. If it's within the stated FG range of the recipe,it's done fermenting. higher than that,& there was a process problem. Like stressed yeast stalling out before fully fermenting the beer.

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