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eojnnamleppak 01-17-2012 02:39 PM

Taking FG reading
 
Hey! I am on the 14th day of fermentation. I am brewing my first batch of American Amber (Brewers Best kit). The beer has been stored around 66 degrees for two weeks. My OG reading was 1.045. Just took my FG reading, it's 1.003. It says it should be around 1.012-1.015.

Is this normal? When should I bottle it up?

Thanks!

frazier 01-17-2012 03:03 PM

Wow, that's not the usual problem. Most people have their fermentation stick at around 1.020. Clearly, your yeasties went into overdrive. I'd give it another week, let the yeast clean up after themselves, then bottle. Your beer may seem thin and dry, but nothing you can do about that until next batch. Did you do anything different? Use a bunch of table sugar, or the like?

jetmac 01-17-2012 03:06 PM

You really shouldn't drink it. That is way abnormal. Ship it to me and I will dispose of it.

AdamPag 01-17-2012 03:09 PM

+1, Im doing research and a thesis on overactive yeast during fermentation and Id love to see yours. (trollolol)

did you put to much water in before pitching? that would cause your FG to be low like that, if not, pm me your info so we can arrange shipment.

gingerdawg 01-17-2012 03:09 PM

Check you hydrometer out in water. It should read 1.000. It is possible the paper inside has slipped, giving bad readings. 1.003 sounds really low.

eojnnamleppak 01-17-2012 04:18 PM

Ok thanks guys. I checked my hydrometer in water. It's reading about .096 so it's a little off. I re-checked my beer FG outside of the fermenter in the tube that my hydrometer came in. It now reads 1.008, not 1.003 what i originally thought. (i probably shouldnt try to read in my fermenter) So does anyone know what that makes my FG reading? Am I any closer to where I need to be??

Thanks again.

Frankiesurf 01-17-2012 04:27 PM

I just bottled my American Amber from Brewers Best. Your OG should have been 1.050 or a little above that. It sounds like you may have added too much water.

Your FG is the 1.008. Check it again to make sure. Mine ended up at 1.012 after 2 weeks in the FV. Yours is right on track with the difference in numbers but just a little lower on FG and OG.

I check mine in the tube that the hydrometer came in. Just use a sanitized coffee cup to scoop out of your FV. Make sure the hydrometer doesn't touch the sides and wait for any bubbles to dissipate on top before you read.

gingerdawg 01-17-2012 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eojnnamleppak (Post 3674623)
Ok thanks guys. I checked my hydrometer in water. It's reading about .096 so it's a little off. I re-checked my beer FG outside of the fermenter in the tube that my hydrometer came in. It now reads 1.008, not 1.003 what i originally thought. (i probably shouldnt try to read in my fermenter) So does anyone know what that makes my FG reading? Am I any closer to where I need to be??

Thanks again.

Sounds like your hydeometer is off by .004, so your 1.008 reading is really 1.012 which is right in the ballpark.

unionrdr 01-17-2012 05:14 PM

That being said,it's probably done. Wait 2 days,& check it again.

jetmac 01-17-2012 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gingerdawg (Post 3674684)
Sounds like your hydeometer is off by .004, so your 1.008 reading is really 1.012 which is right in the ballpark.

Ya, 1.012, right at the bottom of your range. :mug:
Like uniondr said, wait a couple days recheck the gravity and if it hasn't changed, it's done.


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