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Old 08-26-2011, 03:46 AM   #1
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Probably a stupid question, however, I've had a light ale malt extract brew in a primary for one week and checked the gravity and it was at 1.005. I know it's only been a week but that's really low, right? Should I get it into bottles or keep waiting?

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Old 08-26-2011, 03:58 AM   #2
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1.005 is a little low (I normally finish out around 1.010); I wouldn't worry about it though ... let it go another week. What were your ingredients? Yeast? OG?

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Old 08-26-2011, 04:01 AM   #3
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Did you add any other adjuncts to it? Usually 7-10 days is the mark, what kind of yeast did you use? What was the OG?

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Wait at least another week before you bottle it. I have had a 1.083 barleywine go to 1.006, but that is after a much longer time period.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:43 AM   #5
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Well here's the thing being the noob that I am( this is my first of many brews to come) I was soooooo excited, I forgot to take an OG. Other ingrediants are Irish moss, DME, cascade hops( flavoring and aromatic) and Nottingham yeast. I had a lot of activity for a good three days and now it's bubbling every 30 secs, which is probably normal. Thanks for the responses

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:58 AM   #6
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Let it go a few more weeks to settle down and mature before bottling. As long as your samples are at least ok, then you're probably ok, too!

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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Did you use a hydrometer or a refractometer?

Refractometers don't give a correct reading after fermentation, the alcohol causes the measurement to be off.

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Please forgive my noobishness, but after doing a lot of reading on this site I've come to the conclusion that checking SG for a kit beer is probably a waste of time. Hear me out:

1.) A lot of folks recommend 3 weeks plus in the primary. In that time the beer is going to do what its going to do.

2.) Checking SG does nothing to the beer. It doesn't ferment it, finish it, etc.

3.) Every time you check SG you run the risk of infection and waste beer that could have gone in a bottle.

Now if you're not using a kit, probably would be helpful for learning purposes.

I'm I wrong here?

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:42 PM   #9
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Nope, not wrong -
but one argument for using the hydro is just in case you have some bad yeast - or a stuck fermentation. If SG didn't drop after three weeks but the wort and environment was kept clean, you could re-pitch. If it stopped at 1.025, you could re-pitch. But only if you knew what your hydrometer reading was.....

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:00 PM   #10
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Used a hydrometer. I just couldn't believe the S.G. was THAT low already. What could cause it to be that low

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