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Old 05-02-2009, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default I did look, promise!

Okay so I searched the forum and used the search engine and checked the stickies. I pretty sure I missed the answer to my question.

So I made a Honey Amber Ale kit and the original gravity was suppossed to be 1.054 I got 1.070 with hydrometer. Do I have a cause for concern here or am I just being a paranoid noob?

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Old 05-02-2009, 04:58 AM   #2
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Did you top off to the 5 gallon mark? (Assuming you didn't have a full 5-gallon boil.) If you didn't top off, that would explain the higher gravity reading. Another possibility is that you might not have mixed the wort with the top-off water thoroughly enough, and you pulled a sample that was not an equal mixture wort/top off water.

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Old 05-02-2009, 05:00 AM   #3
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was the honey part of the kit? different hives make honey with different sugar levels

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Yes I did top off with three gallons of water. I passed the mixed wort/water back a forth from my bucket to my pan and back twice. Maybe I should have done that more?

It was a clover honey that came with the kit.

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what temp was the wort when you took your reading?

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Did you happen to accidentally throw your priming sugar into the boil as well? I don't think that would account for the 16 extra gravity units, but...

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what temp was the wort when you took your reading?
I actually don't have a thermometer. I had to have my baker mom tell me when to pitch the yeast. I'd say 65-75F.
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Still being a noob I believe that there is a specific temp that you should take your reading at. If the temp is to high it will throw your reading off. I dont believe that it would throw your reading off by 16 gravity points, but it could be a reason.

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did you calibrate your hydro before using it

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Did you happen to accidentally throw your priming sugar into the boil as well? I don't think that would account for the 16 extra gravity units, but...

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No I didn't throw the priming sugar in. I know that is for bottling and it was a kit so 6 lbs. Gold liquid malt extract, 2 lbs. Minnesota Clover Honey, 8 oz. Caramel 80°L, 2 oz. Special B, 2 oz. Roasted Barley specialty grains, 2 oz. of hops.

That's straight off the website.
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