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Old 11-20-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Hey my friends and I are new to brewing and I just dont understand the hydrometer! My OG was 1.035 and read that I had to do another reading between first and second fermentation. That reading was 1.1025. This just doesn't make sense to me. Can anyone please help! If the 1.1025 was my final gravity it would be negative ABV.

 
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Did you make sure the bubbles were off the meter?

Check it again...

 
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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yes there weren't any bubbles. I did a reading on thursday and again on friday with the same reading. Thats why I transferred to second fermentation. In the book I have says if the hydrometer reading doesn't change from day 7 to day 8 then transfer to second fermentor. Does this seem weird to you too?

 
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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Did you take the reading at the same temprature?
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:46 PM   #5
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yup same temp!

 
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:02 AM   #6
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Hey my friends and I are new to brewing and I just dont understand the hydrometer! My OG was 1.035 and read that I had to do another reading between first and second fermentation. That reading was 1.1025. This just doesn't make sense to me. Can anyone please help! If the 1.1025 was my final gravity it would be negative ABV.

 
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:05 AM   #7
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It's not possible that the reading is 1.1025. You have too many digits in behind the 1. Could it be that you're really at 1.010? That would be expected, normal, and likely. The 1.1 reading means that not only did the beer not ferment, but it gained 50 gravity points, which isn't possible unless someone dumped 10 pounds of sugar in it when you weren't looking!
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:13 AM   #8
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ahhhhh! What a noob! I just took another look at my hydrometer and at the top says 1.000. I assumed that the reading of 10 meant 1.10 but I realize now means 1.010. It makes sense now. Thanks for making me take a second look!

 
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:18 AM   #9
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ahhhhh! What a noob! I just took another look at my hydrometer and at the top says 1.000. I assumed that the reading of 10 meant 1.10 but I realize now means 1.010. It makes sense now. Thanks for making me take a second look!
It sounds perfect, then!
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:18 AM   #10
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Just found out that we should be taking the first hydrometer reading before aeration!

 
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