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Old 10-21-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Should I check my gravity today? I brewed 13 days ago, its a hefeweizen extract kit with some specialty grain. OG was 1.052. It's pretty well stopped bubbling, maybe a little one every couple of minutes now.

I've been good, and haven't even peeked once. I would really like to open it up and see, but if it's too early I don't want to risk an infection unnecessarily. Also, I don't plan on a secondary fermentation.

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Old 10-21-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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No reason not to check, if you want to. When are you planning on bottling? You could check to today (and of course taste that sample!) and check it again before bottling, just to make sure it's done.

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Old 10-21-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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+1 yooper, joe RDWHAHB cracking the lid a couple times will not hurt your beer, and if I were you I would be itching to taste that sample

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Old 10-21-2008, 07:31 PM   #4
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I most definitely am itching to try it. I don't really know when I am going to bottle. Whenever it's ready I guess... I don't really have a date set for it yet. And oh yeah Yooper, I was not going to dump out the sample.

I'll go put the turkey baster in starsan in a sec. Will a different temp of the liquid cause a skewed reading? It was 73 or so when I checked the OG on brew day, now its probably 64 or so.

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Old 10-21-2008, 07:56 PM   #5
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You need to correct your readings to whatever your hydrometer is calibrated to, 68 or 60 degrees F. I'm assuming your 1.052 OG reading was at 73dF. That would be 1.053 corrected for temperature.

More information on correcting readings for temperature can be found at How to Brew - By John Palmer - Appendix A - Using Hydrometers

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Old 10-21-2008, 08:22 PM   #6
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Ok I checked it. Other than being warm and flat (duh), it's not half bad. Lots of lemon notes. I'm quite pleased actually. It's a lot darker than a lot of hefeweizens I've seen, but I expected that b/c its extract.

The reading I got this time was 1.012 @ 61 deg F. I'll look up that appendix in Palmer and try to figure out what it all translates too (will I sip on the very first fruits of my home brewing labor!) Thanks again for all of your help.

P.S. I took a pic of the fermenter... how do I post it here? I clicked the insert image icon and it prompts me for a url.

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Ok I checked it. Other than being warm and flat (duh), it's not half bad. Lots of lemon notes. I'm quite pleased actually. It's a lot darker than a lot of hefeweizens I've seen, but I expected that b/c its extract.

The reading I got this time was 1.012 @ 61 deg F. I'll look up that appendix in Palmer and try to figure out what it all translates too (will I sip on the very first fruits of my home brewing labor!) Thanks again for all of your help.

P.S. I took a pic of the fermenter... how do I post it here? I clicked the insert image icon and it prompts me for a url.
Well, at 61, 1.012 is 1.012! Yeah! Sounds great. It's done, more than likely. You're at a hair over 76% attenuation, and at 5.3% ABV.

The best way to post a picture is to host it someplace like photobucket or flicker, then when it asks for the URL paste that in. Please do that- I want to see!!!!!!
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This is a jury rig I came up with to keep the specialty grain bag off of the bottom of the pot.



Here's the fermentation 13 days in.

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Lookin' good!

1.012 sounds like a good FG for a Hefeweizen. Check it again day after tomorrow; if the gravity is the same, you're good to bottle.

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Old 10-21-2008, 10:36 PM   #10
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Good deal, I'm looking forward to the next batch!

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