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Old 07-13-2009, 03:47 PM   #11
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i have it set at 70%, Im usually a tiny bit above this, but it varys slightly.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:56 PM   #12
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150 when you measured it? Yeah.. that's high.

I use a refeactometer now for all but OG/FG, but when I used to pull pre-boil samples I'd toss them in the freezer for 15-20 mins and get them down around 75-85 before measuring.

Your adjustment is probably not accurate when measuring a gravity at that temp.

 
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #13
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so you just let your wort sit there for 20 min after finishing your sparge? or do you go ahead and start the heating, and make adjustments up to boil?
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:07 PM   #14
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Start heating, check on the cooled sample, and then adjust before full-boil if needed.

You really need to get your sample's temp down for an accurate reading. I tried to search some threads on the subject, but iirc the variance for accurate adjustment is only 15-20 degrees from the default (65 on my hydro).

 
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:11 PM   #15
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Start heating, check on the cooled sample, and then adjust before full-boil if needed.

You really need to get your sample's temp down for an accurate reading. I tried to search some threads on the subject, but iirc the variance for accurate adjustment is only 15-20 degrees from the default (65 on my hydro).
+1, 150 is too hot to get a good reading , OP will probably be fine .

 
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #16
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How to Brew - By John Palmer - Appendix A - Using Hydrometers

interesting! I went and looked in palmer.. and it appears that you have to get under 120 to even adjust! well im glad i ranted!
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:19 PM   #17
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This is why a refractometer is near the top of my equipment purchases.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #18
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Keep your eye on ebay.. I got a great one with ATC and 100 pipettes for $35.

 
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:21 PM   #19
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actually have a refractometer! came with my kit i got on CL... maybe after 2 years i should bust it out and figure it out
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Or sell it to me! for cheap since you obviously don't need it

Chumprock, What are some things to look for for a good brewing specific one? What ranges, features, brand name?
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