Originally Posted by wheela426
Just got done botteling. Took a hydrometer reading right before I started botteling and it came out around 1.7% alcohol. It's always had a really low gravity. My starting gravity was around 1.011. Is this typical for wheat beers? I'm just wondering if there is anything I could have done wrong?
Here's the ingredient kit that I used:http://www.homebrewers.com/product/AMERICANWHEATBEERKIT
Also, after I put the priming sugar before botteling... will this help to raise the alcohol content? Sorry for basic newbie questions but this is my first brew.
So what was your final gravity reading?
Subtract that from your initial and THAT is your alcohol, NOT the number that you get straight off the hydrometer. Hydrometers measure POTENTIAL alcohol- how much sugar you've got. They do not measure the amount of alcohol, just the remaining potential. In other words, if you take a grav reading and it says 6% alcohol, that means, after fermentation, you can get up to 6%. If your final gravity says 2%, then that means you've got 4% actual alcohol and 2% of fermentable sugar remaining.
As a practical matter, you don't typically get the final gravity down to zero. There will typically be a little bit of sugar remaining, but as long as it isn't too high, you'll be ok to bottle it.