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Old 01-08-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Hydrometer reading before pitching?

I have a new batch of lager on the stove right now. Should I take a hydrometer reading today, or not even worry about 1 until bottling time? Thanks!

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Old 01-08-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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Yep, take a reading today. That will be your starting (or original) gravity. You will need that number to calculate your ABV if desired.

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Old 01-08-2007, 06:41 PM   #3
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If you are adding "top off" water to the fermenter, make sure that it is well mixed into the wort before you draw the sample for the hydrometer reading.

If you follow an extract recipe (or kit directions) correctly, there's almost zero chance that your OG will be substantially different than what the recipe says. In other words, it's not really necessary to take a hydrometer reading at all. But it might help you feel confident that you did it right, if this is your first batch (or close to it).

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Thanks guys. I am also bring it to its first boil and there are tons of little clumps of something circulating around. I added a half quart of an adjunct so maybe it is clumps of sugary substance? Interesting.

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stir...stir...stir...and when your done stirring...stir some more.

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By all means takt the reading just before you pitch your yeast. It makes life all the more easier

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