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Old 09-08-2011, 05:54 AM   #1
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i just finished brewing my first beer ever. i was doing a pale ale. i did everything the instructions said and my O.G. which is specific gravity? is at 1.020. what does this mean is my beer gonna be water or what? i dont know much about brewing, any ideas would help. i started steeping at 160 degrees and it did drop down to 148 for maybe 5 mins before i got it back up to 155.i added the DME and half the hops after steeping and had a low boil going stirring every 5 mins for 50 mins. added some irish moss and the rest of the hops and boiled for another 6 mins. did i do something wrong in the process?

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Old 09-08-2011, 07:15 AM   #2
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What is the recipe? That is a very low OG are you sure your hydrometer works?

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As Cave said, "what is the recipe?" If you were doing extract only your OG should not differ much from what was calculated.

You might be dealing with a bad hydrometer or more likely a difference in density because your wort sank to the bottom of the fermenter after topping off with water. How did you take your sample?

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Wow, that is low for an OG. 1st, did you let the wort cool before taking a reading? And 2nd, what is the recipe? How much DME and specialty grains did you add?

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