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Old 08-30-2008, 05:46 PM   #21
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Your final alcohol by volume is 131 x (OG-FG). The rule is, the higher the OG the higher the alcohol. More specifically, the more your SG drops during fermentation, the more alcohol is present. Since sugars are denser than alcohol (a lot of weight is lost to escaping carbon dioxide), your SG will drop as fermentation occurs. Depending on how "dark" your beer is, the FG you want will be close to 1.
I didn't measure the OG because I forgot but I am encouraged that it should be close to 1. My beer is NOT dark so question is how does that statement realte to me. Could you expand on what you mean. I could make many wrong conclusions from what you say 'depending on how "dark" the FG close to 1'?????
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:09 PM   #22
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I didn't measure the OG because I forgot but I am encouraged that it should be close to 1. My beer is NOT dark so question is how does that statement realte to me. Could you expand on what you mean. I could make many wrong conclusions from what you say 'depending on how "dark" the FG close to 1'?????
Darker beers tend to have a lot more nonfermentables that contribute to the gravity of the beer. It's not uncommon to have a stout with a FG of 1.020. But with a lighter beer like yours a SG of 1.000 or very close to that usually means your fermentation is complete.

However, it's a good idea to let it age in the fermenter for a while before bottling (up to a month is fine) because that will give the yeast time to clean your beer up and make it more palatable.
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