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Old 06-12-2011, 01:05 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I have been brewing Brewers Best kits for some time now, and have been within a reasonable range of their predicted OG. The last 2 kits I brewed were from Northern Brewer, and I came in high on both of them. I followed the instructions to the letter, and I even checked with a second hydrometer. The top-off water was mixed in thoroughly. Anyone have the same experience with Northern Brewer kits? Thanks.

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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Add some more water, simple

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:47 AM   #3
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Did you sample from the top, or from a spigot at the bottom?

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Did you sample from the top, or from a spigot at the bottom?
From the top, but I stirred it pretty well.
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Add some more water, simple
I was concerned about exceeding the recommended 5 gallon volume.
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Style+OG?

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I've done numerus kits from northern brewer and all came in about +/- .003 the expected origonal gravity.

Sometimes the top up waater does'nt mix well. Switch to full boils when you can

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Caribou Slobber, which is an American Brown Ale. Expected OG was 1.052, I came in at 1.061, adjusting for temperature.
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I've done numerus kits from northern brewer and all came in about +/- .003 the expected origonal gravity.

Sometimes the top up waater does'nt mix well. Switch to full boils when you can
Aside from a higher ABV, is there a downside to the higher OG?
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This is an extract kit? You can add more water (and increase the volume) if you want to bring the OG down or just let it go how it is and have a higher abv.

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