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nvs-brew 11-20-2012 09:38 AM

Weak ginger beer..
My brew has been on over 100hrs and it's only sitting at 1.4%

I took the mid strength recipe and bulked up a 1/3 to take it up to a estimated 4-5%
(3.5% was ment to be 1kg of sugars, I put 1.5kgs)

Why and how could it only be sitting at 1.5%?
Is there anything that can be done?

nvs-brew 11-20-2012 09:51 AM

I did a hydro test 2 days ago and it hasn't changed..


RM-MN 11-20-2012 10:06 AM

You're reading your hydrometer wrong. That scale is meant for wine and it shows the potential alcohol. You need to read the beer scale and then it takes some math to get the amount of alcohol.
What was the original gravity? It should be something like 1.054, not 17% alcohol. With that and the final gravity you can calculate the amount of alcohol in your beer.

nvs-brew 11-20-2012 10:10 AM

Nah I'm reading gravity...
Og = 1040
2nd and 3rd reading = 1030

(it's a wine/beer hydrometer)

nvs-brew 11-20-2012 10:12 AM

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But advise me if I'm doing it wrong

Please find pic of hydrometer attached

RM-MN 11-20-2012 03:55 PM

My mistake. Why would your ferment stop so soon? Got a recipe so we can see what you have for fermentables. Include the yeast type too.

nvs-brew 11-20-2012 10:22 PM

Recipe as follows...(sorry in Australia so measurements are in kgs/ltrs)

Coopers ginger beer lme
Supplied yeast
500g raw
500g castor
500g dex
Cascade finishing hops

To make a 20l batch

nvs-brew 11-20-2012 11:51 PM

Anyone got any ideas why?
The different sugars?

mahe 11-20-2012 11:59 PM

Maybe its been fermenting too cold? and the yeast has gone to sleep?

Johnnyhitch1 11-21-2012 12:06 AM

Rouse the yeast, warm it up, pitch more yeast. If all else fails pitch amylase enzyme

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