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Old 10-04-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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I got a kit from Midwest called Octane IPA. I found online the OG should be 1.067 OG (1.060 to 1.070). I used the hydrometer that came with my kit and it was more like 1.08!? Is that too high? Should I add more water to the fermenter bucket? I just brewed last night so no bubbling of the airlock yet. Help!
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Also the OG i found was from the internet - not from Midwest so i'm not 100% sure it's correct. From what i've read 1.08 sounds high?

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Old 10-04-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Also the OG i found was from the internet - not from Midwest so i'm not 100% sure it's correct. From what i've read 1.08 sounds high?
If you added top off water, perhaps the reading you took was from before you added it or the water wasn't mixed in. Worst case, it'll be higher abv. Tasty kit, I've done that one before.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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i boiled 2 gallons separate, then 3 gallons to make the wort. The reading was after i mixed it all together. Possibly some of the water boiled off and i dont have 5 full gallons anymore? I didn't think about it when i put the wort in the fermenter but there was a 5 gallon mark on the outside. Can i open the fementer to see how high the wort is? If it's below 5 gallons should i fill it with water to the 5 gallon mark?

Bobo - did you use the oak chips? I have a carboy i'll use as a secondary after 2 weeks in the fermeter (per the book i bought)

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It's really hard to miss your OG with an extract batch if you used the correct amount of water. Actually, it's near impossible if you used all the extract and the right amount of water. Either way, no worries. I also agree that this is a great kit. I made it this past spring and had it on tap this summer, good beer.

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What happens if the OG is too high (i.e. i didn't put enough water in) Does it make a "thicker" beer in the end?? I had just put the water in with the wort so possibly didn't mix it well enough before taking sample.

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Your gravites weren't off, your gravity READINGS were.....that's not the same thing.

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Attention new brewers, yes your original gravity reading is wrong. Don't panic.

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Higher OG may result in a higher alcohol content, since there is more sugar for the yeast to ferment. This assumes sufficient yeast count and fermentation conditions to get down to the original target gravity.

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What happens if the OG is too high (i.e. i didn't put enough water in) Does it make a "thicker" beer in the end?? I had just put the water in with the wort so possibly didn't mix it well enough before taking sample.
If you're volume is correct, then like I said, your OG is not REALLY high. You're reading might be, but not the beer. Read what I linked and relax, you're only the fifth poster today who's come in with this issue.
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How soon after the boil did you take the reading? Did you shut off the boil, dump in the top-off water, mix, and the take the reading? No other cooling? The wort could have still been well over 100F, giving you a reading that would be right around 1.080 for those temperatures.

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