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Old 02-23-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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I'm working on my 3rd batch now, and while my first two (red ale and IPA) came out with pretty good color and smell, they had a watery taste and an ABV reading about 1.5%. I'm new so I didn't expect it to be perfect, but the red ale was a recipe that came with my kit, so I have no idea how that went wrong. Sorry I don't have the ingredients here to post yet, but any help would be great.

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Old 02-23-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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Did you use a hydrometer?

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Old 02-23-2010, 08:22 PM   #3
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Where did you get this kit?

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Explain exactly how you are measuring the ABV

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Old 02-23-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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Did you use a hydrometer?
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:24 PM   #6
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Recipe is not as important as the equipment and method you are using to measure ABV%.

I'm guessing you have taken the final reading as how much alcohol there is.

What you need to do is take a reading after the boil, before you add yeast.
Then after fermentation take a reading.
Subtract second reading from first reading and convert to alcohol by volume %.

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Explain exactly how you are measuring the ABV
Yes, please...I have a thought, but want to see how the OP is getting 1.5%.
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Not trying to be a jerk, but did you add yeast?

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Not trying to be a jerk, but did you add yeast?
I did, and I understand you asking.
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Did you just use the hydrometer once at the end of fermentation?

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