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Old 03-26-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default My first Gravity Reading

So after 11 days in the primary, and not having taken a gravity reading after the boil and cool down. I have taken my first gravity reading and would like some help interpeting it.

The temp of the gravity reading was perfect so no adjustment is needed.

Ok so when i drop the hydrometer in and make sure there is no bubbles etc etc it rests just a TINY bit below 1.00

Would this be interpeted as 1.0039 or 1.0078. its basically two tiny lines below 1.00 where it is colored "finished beer"

My beer looks like beer, and tastes like beer! I guess there is no way to know Alc% although it tasted strong......

What I will be doing is letting it sit for 4-5 more days, and putting it in my basement where it is roughtly 10-15 degrees cooler. Then bottling.


This was all acomplished with you're guys help! thanks so much

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Old 03-26-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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The lines of the hydrometer are just like a thermometer- two "degrees" per line. Each long line is .010. Under 1.000, the lines will be 1.002, 1.004, 1.006, and 1.008. So, it sounds like you're saying it's 1.004, but check on this hydrometer and see if that's what you're seeing:


Check it again in three days. If it's the same, it's ok to transfer to a cooler place if you'd like.

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The image you posted is not close to where my reading was.

If we use your image as a reference, look at where regular water would be then climb more or less 2 notches south lol

If you could tell me how this is read, so i dont sound like an idiot next time. And is this a good grabity to be at?

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The image you posted is not close to where my reading was.

If we use your image as a reference, look at where regular water would be then climb more or less 2 notches south lol

If you could tell me how this is read, so i dont sound like an idiot next time. And is this a good grabity to be at?
I was using it just as a reference, since the numbers are nice and big. I'm old, so I needed a big picture! In this example, the reading is 1.050.
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Ok, but what I am describing to you would be like what 1.010?

Thanks again for the help yooper

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The image you posted is not close to where my reading was.

If we use your image as a reference, look at where regular water would be then climb more or less 2 notches south lol

If you could tell me how this is read, so i dont sound like an idiot next time. And is this a good grabity to be at?
It sounds like 1.004?
Too bad you did not get an OG to help determine ABV.
Let the bottles condition for at least 3 weeks and the Alcohol "bite" will lessen and the flavours will mature!
As long as it tastes good though, that is all that mattes! Happy brewing!
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Sounds like 1.004 to me too, if it's just two clicks south of 1.000.



I'm wondering what your recipe was... lots of table or corn sugar in there? 1.004 is pretty low for a "normal" beer which has some unfermentable sugars that keep the gravity reading higher, like generally north of 1.010.

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I had to use only dextrose, wont happen next time

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Like 100% dextrose a.k.a. corn sugar? It tastes like beer? Cool.

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Like 100% dextrose a.k.a. corn sugar? It tastes like beer? Cool.
+1 for me as well.
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