Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Wait. Did I just brew... brown Bud Lite?!?!?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-06-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
ubermick
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ubermick's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Rafael, California
Posts: 1,067
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default Wait. Did I just brew... brown Bud Lite?!?!?

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?


ubermick is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
shecky
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
shecky's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Watertown, CT
Posts: 38,532
Liked 3569 Times on 3447 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

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


shecky is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:31 AM   #3
dwarven_stout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 1,629
Liked 37 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

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.
dwarven_stout is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:36 AM   #4
ubermick
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ubermick's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Rafael, California
Posts: 1,067
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dwarven_stout View Post
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!
ubermick is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:57 AM   #5
artyusmc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: tehachapi, California
Posts: 445
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shecky View Post
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
artyusmc is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #6
ChshreCat
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,576
Liked 530 Times on 424 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

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.
__________________
"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage
ChshreCat is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #7
danielinva
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Henrico, VA
Posts: 259
Default

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
danielinva is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 05:05 AM   #8
ubermick
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ubermick's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Rafael, California
Posts: 1,067
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

*wipes away a tear*

I love you guys!
ubermick is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 05:12 AM   #9
sub-zero
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Keokuk Iowa
Posts: 398
Default

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
__________________
Running down the hallways of life with shoes untied blind fold on and scissors in both hands
===============
===============
In the Bottle--
(1968)Warsaw Pact IPA
Primary--
Socialist Pig Pale Ale
Bullshivit RIS
Big Ivan IIPA
--
BULLSHIVIT BREWING CO.

Just Good Beer And No BULLSHI-VIT!!!!!
sub-zero is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 06:26 AM   #10
Scut_Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,685
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

Hydrometers for me are a love/hate relationship.


Scut_Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brew now or wait? bad coffee Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 07-06-2008 02:50 PM
Lite Brown Ale (Hop Water) Yuk UselessBrewing Recipes/Ingredients 5 06-05-2008 04:17 PM
First Beer BREW!!-- American Lite Kit xcrusader Recipes/Ingredients 1 02-29-2008 08:25 PM
Man, I can't wait to brew cubbies All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 10-06-2007 10:44 PM
Can't wait to Brew! eyeswideopen Introductions 1 10-24-2006 08:59 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads