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Old 10-18-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default What do I believe: hydrometer or logic?

OK. So I just threw down a recipe with 3.3 pounds of syrup (so, 80% of that is sugar = about 2.7 lbs), 2 pounds of dry extract, and 2 pounds of grain in a partial mash. even if you assume a HORRIBLE mash yield of 25%, that's 5.2 or so pounds of sugar, right? And according to an SG calculator, that's a pitching OG of 1.046.

But when I took a sample from the bucket before pitching, it read 1.035! What's up with that? It doesn't even seem possible. Has anyone seen this before? All I can think is that I didn't stir the bucket enough when I took the sample, but I used the same process I've always used before for mixing the wort with cool distilled water to bring it up to volume.

And if I didn't stir it well enough, will that be a problem for the ferment? Will the sugar all sit at the bottom and ruin it somehow?

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Old 10-18-2005, 01:33 PM   #2
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To quote our buddy Charlie....

"Sit back, relax and have a homebrew."

Everything will be fine, man. Stop worrying about trivial little things like your gravity reading.

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Old 10-18-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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Couple possibilities: Your sample wasn't a good representation, as it might not have been completely mixed together. Or, you ended up with more then you typical amount of water in your fermenter, watering it down a bit.

I'd lean towards the former, but eitherway it's nothing that will ruin your brew.

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Old 10-18-2005, 02:03 PM   #4
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I've often had reading that don't match my calculations, even with all extract batches. Since I'm looking for flavor and not maximum alcohol levels, I don't worry about it. (although high FG's bug me) As the wort ferments there will be a slow mixing. Also, the yeast starts at the top, but will fall through the fermenter towards the end.

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Old 10-18-2005, 02:15 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks everyone, forgot the cardinal rule: "relax."

Actually I guess the cardinal rule is "sanitize," but "relax" has to be a close second.

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Old 10-18-2005, 02:28 PM   #6
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No.. I would say that RELAX is the top priority. Many people are actually TOO concerned about sanitation. You need to be clean, but you don't need to be crazy about it.

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