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Old 03-13-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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I'm hoping that my lack of knowledge will lead to an obvious answer to this, so here goes!

When I started this brew, my first, i didn't have a hydrometer, so didn't have a reading. That said, I followed the directions that came with the kit (bucket for 5 days, then secondary for 7-10). Tonight is night 7, so last night i purchased a hydrometer and decided to take a sample as i've read that when it remains constant i can keg it. Took the sample, placed my hydrometer in it and it dropped, no floating or anything. Or did it? I was able to see the alcohol portion of the hydrometer and it did read shortly below 5%. I want to say that my batch said it should be 1.008.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:58 PM   #2
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If the hydrometer is touching the bottom of your container, it's not an accurate reading, if thats what you mean by not floating.

The 5% alcohol number shouldn't be used to measure the FG, it's just a guide to calculate your alcohol content, but you need both OG and FG to calculate that. Also, I'm guessing your 5% marker is somewhere around 1.04, not 1.018...

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If you have a triple scale brewing hydrometer, the % scale is used to estimate the amount of alcohol in the finished product.
So if your beer starts at the 6% mark and stops at the 1% mark, the alcohol content is about 5%.
If there is only one % scale it might a hydrometer for measuring salinity or antifreeze solutions.

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If the hydrometer is touching the bottom of your container, it's not an accurate reading, if thats what you mean by not floating.

The 5% alcohol number shouldn't be used to measure the FG, it's just a guide to calculate your alcohol content, but you need both OG and FG to calculate that. Also, I'm guessing your 5% marker is somewhere around 1.04, not 1.018...
I can't recall if it was rock bottom, but it was definately close too the bottom.

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If you have a triple scale brewing thermometer, the % scale is used to estimate the amount of alcohol in the finished product.
Do if your beer starts at the 6% mark and stops at the 1% mark, the alcohol content is about 5%
It is a triple scale
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What style beer did you brew??

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What style beer did you brew??
It's a Brew Canada,Canadian Red Beer
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I'm guessing that final gravity is pretty low with that style. You are probably right where you are suppose to be. If not, carbonate, drink and brew again.

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I just checked my triple scale. If you are reading 5% alcohol, your beer is definitely not done, as it will be above 1.03...

Try another measurement, make sure it is indeed floating, and try to read the gravity. Spin the hydrometer around and let it settle a few times to see if you get the same readings.

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I'm guessing that final gravity is pretty low with that style. You are probably right where you are suppose to be. If not, carbonate, drink and brew again.
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I'd take a larger sample and check it again. The hydrometer should bob a little and float.

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