Originally Posted by dkershner
If you get a higher FG, your hydro is probably sitting on a hop.
No, hops cannot change gravity readings as they contain no sugar.
While I know this, I am groping to find a reason for why my gravity went from 1.013 to 1.018, from when I racked to 2ndry to when I bottled, respectively.
The only smoking gun that can be the cause is the hydrometer. The first reading was with hydrometer A, which took a dive and committed suicide. The 2nd reading was with with hydrometer B. I reckon its possible they aren't calibrated the same, but 5 points seems like a serious error. I do correct for temp on all of my readings and made sure they were calibrated to the same temp. It just doesn't make sense.
Either way, when I bottled and took that 2nd reading I smelled and tasted the brew and IT IS RIGHT ON THE MONEY! Hell, if I just chilled it I would be happy drinking it flat!
Any other thoughts would be great, but honestly I am not gonna sweat this one. The proof is in the bottle!