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Old 02-05-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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i hate to make a new thread on this since i cant find my answer.. so i took my second reading with the hydrometer in the primary fermentation. it has been 8 days since brew day. i took my first reading two days ago and but the hydrometer in and reading came back 1.020.. ok so gave 3 days and today i went and did the same but my hydrometer went to the bottom? and came back up.. reading was 1.012.. i tested my hydrometer in water and it came with a reading of 1.000 .. is there anything wrong here?

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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1.000 is normal for water. Looks like you are ok. Check it again in a day, if you are still at 1.012 for 2 -3 days straight, then fermenation is about over.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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Seems legit to me. Sometimes it can take a little time for the beer to fully ferment. Just keep checking your readings (i like to check every other day after about 5days) and when it stays the same it should be ready. Oh and don't forget to adjust your reading to compensate for temp. It's a good habit to have.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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Looks like your beer is fermenting! Give it another three days and take another reading. Don't keg/bottle/rack to secondary until the yeast has done it's job. It never hurts to let it go a bit longer, but it might hurt to rack it too early.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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Seems like fermentation is still going on and the yeast are taking their sweet time. Is your ferm temp low? What's your expected final gravity? Check your SG tomorrow or the next day. If it doesn't change from your current reading, you're good to go!

Edit: dang! Typing on a phone is slow -- multiple people beat me to it....

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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thanks for the quick reply .. i was just worried when i saw the hydrometer drop and take a while to come back up

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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I'm glad I'm not the only person checking posts on their phone. I was starting to worry that I had a problem...

Somewhat related, there's actually an iphone app for people like me who are afraid of math called "abevulator." Just enter the OG and FG and it tells you the ABV. Are we slaves to tech or WHAT?

What's the brew, tommyguner?

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #8
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Brewsit said:

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It never hurts to let it go a bit longer, but it might hurt to rack it too early.
If you take one thing from this thread, this would be it.
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thanks for the quick reply .. i was just worried when i saw the hydrometer drop and take a while to come back up
Are you putting your hydrometer straight into primary?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #10
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yes i am.. is that a rookie mistake?

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