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Old 06-01-2007, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default Should I just throw out my beer???

I just bottled it... took a reading at it was at 1.01
So that like less than 2% alchol.... what am i going to do with that!!!

I used 2 liquid malt bottles and one pound of honey...
Danggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!

i seriously dont know why i even bottled it.. I could done like 10 more bottles and just got mad and poured rest out.


(had alot of probs getting wort chilled... put in at 90 which was too hot, and it was hydrating for like over 40 min cause i couldnt get temp down....prob killed alot of the yeast.)

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:40 AM   #2
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Umm...I don't quite follow you. Sounds like you had somewhere around 8 lbs of pure fermentables when you started. That should be more like 1.060 before fermentation. If it finished at 1.010, that's about 6.5% alcohol.

The "potential alcohol" scale on your hydrometer is misleading. It's meant to be read before your beer ferments, not afterward.

Let us know if you need more explanation...for now, DO NOT THROW YOUR BEER AWAY!

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:49 AM   #3
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DO NOT THROW YOUR BEER AWAY!
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:51 AM   #4
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THe hydrometer reads like this from the top:

.99
1.000
10 <--------THIS IS WHERE I AM.
20, then to 30 ,40,50,60,70,80
90
1.100
10
20


(so i am like 1.001)?

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Ok, disregard my last post (the one that no longer shows up because I deleted it).

Your beer is FINE!!! It's at 1.010. It probably started at 1.055 - 1.060, but it sounds like you didn't take an initial reading. Using the appropriate formula, that's roughly 6.0% - 6.5% alcohol by volume.

RDWHAHB!

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(OG - FG) * 131

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you shouldn't have put in the yeast until it was cooled down. don't toss it.

It may take a couple more bottles to get you drunk (since you're complaining about the abv, i'm assuming that's your goal) but if it tastes good, who cares?

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you shouldn't have put in the yeast until it was cooled down. don't toss it.

It may take a couple more bottles to get you drunk (since you're complaining about the abv, i'm assuming that's your goal) but if it tastes good, who cares?
Todd, I think it's a hydrometer misunderstanding. I'd bet my next paycheck that his beer is within .5% of 6.0% ABV...

However, it's a valid point that 90 degrees is a bit warm for brewer's yeast. Let it cool to 80 or less next time.
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i took one when i made it, but i fogot it.......

so on the hyrometer it say near my reading as you say 1.01.
other side of hydrometer it says alchol %.....
and its way under the 5% number... almost at 0 mark..

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Mistakes are good. You can learn from them!

Never chuck out beer without checking here first. 99% of the time it is okay.

Get another batch brewing asap.

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other side of hydrometer it says alchol %.....
and its way under the 5% number... almost at 0 mark..
Ok, the alcohol markings are REALLY misleading, and you should pretty much disregard them. They are supposed to show the amount of alcohol that will potentially be created in wort that has yet to ferment. In other words, the alcohol potential scale only works as an ESTIMATE when you measure immediately after cooling your wort on brew day.

The actual alcohol by volume can be calculated somewhat accurately by taking a gravity measurement right before you pitch your yeast, called the original or starting gravity (usually abbreviated OG). Then you take a measurement when the beer has finished fermenting, called the final gravity (FG). Then you apply the formula, (OG - FG) * 131 to get percentage alcohol by volume. Clear as mud?
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