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Old 03-16-2010, 01:01 AM   #11
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when you took your gravity reading, was it in the whole 5 gallons?

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Old 03-16-2010, 01:09 AM   #12
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When your fermenter is empty, check the volume using known measured volumes. From your ingredients you will get 45 points/lb of DME (=135), 36 points/lb LME (=119), and about 28 points from a pound of grain. Total = 282 points. At 1.064 this equals a little under 4.5 gallons.

My numbers could be off slightly, but not much, it's conceivable you could have slightly over 4.5 gallons with a 1.064 wort and these ingredients.

I have 3 identical fermenters from 25 years ago. About 10 years ago I decided to check the volumes, and found all 3 read high; that is, at the 5 gallon mark, all 3 were actually only slightly over 4.5 gallons. I have re-marked them with permanent marker.

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Old 03-16-2010, 01:26 AM   #13
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Firstly, thanks for all your help.
When I took my gravity reading, it was not in the whole five gallons, it was in the little tube that comes with the hydrometer.
Additionally, I have not ever thought about calibrating the container to see if it was correct, I will do that. Never thought about it being off.

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Old 03-16-2010, 02:06 AM   #14
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If you are looking to determine abv and calories, assume 1.055 b/c if your water volume is correct, that is what you have.

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