Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Low Alcohol %??
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-09-2006, 08:33 PM   #1
wheela426
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 13
Default Low Alcohol %??

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.

-Tom

__________________
wheela426 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 08:40 PM   #2
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,853
Liked 69 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 30

Default

That seems amiss, 1011 is more like a final gravity than a start gravity.
If 1011 was the start gravity what was the final gravity?
What figures did you use to get the 1.7% and when did you take the readings?

Orfy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 08:41 PM   #3
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,664
Liked 139 Times on 132 Posts

Default

This doesn't make any sense. A gravity of 1.011 = potential alcohol of 1.7% Your OG & FG are the same?

Original gravity % - final gravity % Not final gravity alone.

orfy - isn't your turkey getting cold?

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 08:41 PM   #4
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Your starting gravity was 1.011? Are you certain you took the reading correctly? That's really really low. An average beer has a starting gravity around 1.045 or so. What was your final gravity?

Also, can you list the actual ingredients in the kit? That link didn't really list anything. We could plug them into a program and see what SG to expect.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 08:52 PM   #5
Sir Humpsalot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Sir Humpsalot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 4,043
Liked 82 Times on 66 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

Quote:
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.

-Tom
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.
__________________
Sir Humpsalot is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-12-2006, 02:34 AM   #6
treehouse
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Little River, CA
Posts: 172
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

If your final gravity says 2%, then that means you've got 4% actual alcohol and 2% of fermentable sugar remaining.


I think Toot meant to say unfermentable sugar remaining rather than "fermentable". Let's also not forget just regular unfermentable "stuff" like protein, oils, pieces of hops, dirt, etc. These also contribute to density.
__________________
treehouse is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-12-2006, 04:11 AM   #7
gruntingfrog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 345
Default

At what temperature did you take your original gravity reading?

A liquid's density is lower at higher temperatures. If you took your initial reading near the boiling point, you'd be off by about .035 putting your initial gravity at about 1.046.

Unless you bought a kit for a 3 gallon batch and made 5 gallons, I doubt you were really at 1.011. If you had formulated the recipe yourself that would be a different question.

Don't worry about it. Wait 2 weeks and drink some beer.

__________________

Up Next: Belgian Dubbel, English Pale Ale
Fermenter 1: Blonde Ale Experiment 1 | Fermenter 2: Blonde Ale Experiment 2 | Fermenter 3: Northern English Brown | Fermenter 4: Nothing
Keg 1: Nothing | Keg 2: Nothing | Keg 3: Nothing
Bottled: Nothing
gruntingfrog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
high alcohol vs low alcohol mummasan General Beer Discussion 55 07-14-2011 05:52 PM
Alcohol.... strong alcohol. timgman Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 04-16-2008 10:46 AM
why low alcohol? Movinfr8 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 07-26-2007 04:16 PM
low alcohol Igorstien General Beer Discussion 2 05-30-2006 08:13 PM
Is This alcohol??? ChadMan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 03-04-2006 08:14 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS