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Old 08-06-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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So in the midst of primary of my first brew. It's a brown ale, which (according to the recipe sheet) had an OG of 1.062 and a FG of 1.016.

Went into the fermenter on Saturday night with an OG of 1.058, and it's already down to the 1.016 - which according to the handy dandy hydrometer is a mere 2% alcohol. Airlock bubbling's down to *maybe* once a minute. I realize that it's only 4 days into fermentation, but... really?

I mean, at this point, I'm thinking it's only going to come out to 3%? That doesn't seem right... did the yeast maybe not fire correctly, or am I being paranoid/stupid, and there's still plenty of tasty alkimahol to be produced?

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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Looks to me like you're more at 5.51 % ABV. I, like the maven EdWort, keep this bookmarked.

Rooftop Brew » ABV and Gravity Calculator

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:31 AM   #3
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Your hydrometer sheet is either wrong, or you're reading it wrong. 1.062 to 1.016 is an apparent ABV of slightly over 6%. Don't worry... your beer is fine.

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:36 AM   #4
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Quote:
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Your hydrometer sheet is either wrong, or you're reading it wrong. 1.062 to 1.016 is an apparent ABV of slightly over 6%. Don't worry... your beer is fine.
Ahem.

I was going off the scale on the hydrometer itself.

*cough*

I'll, um, shut up now!

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:57 AM   #5
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Quote:
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Looks to me like you're more at 5.51 % ABV. I, like the maven EdWort, keep this bookmarked.

Rooftop Brew » ABV and Gravity Calculator
just add to bookmarks thanxs

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #6
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When you realize that the lower your FG goes, the less alcohol that scale says, you realize that "you're reading it wrong".

Don't worry. You're new brewer number 1,382,058 to make that mistake.

That scale is mainly for wine and things that will finish around 1.000. You read it when you take your OG and it tells you how much "potential" alcohol you have.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #7
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Yeah, looks like you were just reading the potential alcohol portion of you hydrometer. I believe that gives you a rough estimate of your abv prior to to fermentation, but not after.

And if you want figure out your %ABC and don't have the internet handy, its just (Original Gravity - Final Gravity) X 129

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:05 AM   #8
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*wipes away a tear*

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Old 08-06-2009, 05:12 AM   #9
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Or you can go OG - FG devided by 7.36

1058-1016=42/7.36=5.7ABV

Dont know if this is the best way to figer it but one I found on the net
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:26 AM   #10
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Hydrometers for me are a love/hate relationship.

 
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