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Old 03-08-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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I have a bad habit of forgetting to take an initial gravity reading prior to pitching my yeast. Is this a problem or am I actually taking this reading at the appropriate time?

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Old 03-08-2010, 04:43 PM   #2
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You can take it right after you pitch your yeast, but if it's started fermneting, you won't be getting the actual OG.

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Old 03-08-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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i've done it a few times and the reading is always right about where i'd expect it to be, so i don't think there's anything wrong with it as the yeast probably haven't made a significant reduction in the number of sugars at that point.

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Thanks..I did not think it would matter that much since fermentation had not begun yet. Just curious as my readings were slightly higher than the recipes reading range.

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Old 03-08-2010, 04:51 PM   #5
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Take your reading before adding yeast. If you take it after adding yeast, there's the possibility that you'll drain some of the yeast... but what's a couple yeasties, there's like 18 million billion gazillion more floating around ... or... something like that.

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Old 03-08-2010, 05:07 PM   #6
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Take your reading before adding yeast. If you take it after adding yeast, there's the possibility that you'll drain some of the yeast... but what's a couple yeasties, there's like 18 million billion gazillion more floating around ... or... something like that.
Since oxidation is good at that point, I put back the beer I use for the OG. With a big splash at that Of course, you have to sanitize your hydrometer. But I hate wasting beer
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