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Old 09-28-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Pitched my first batch last night. An American Blonde. The recipe says it has a OG of 1.048 and I read an OG of 1.046. I am thinking that either I looked at the TINY lines and numbers wrong, or I was a little over the 60 degrees for a true reading.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:27 PM   #2
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Were there any specialty grains? The steeping may not have been long enough or at the right temp. Those lines are pretty small.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:36 PM   #3
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Or there might have been bubbles stuck to the hydrometer and moved it up just a hair.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:59 PM   #4
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.002 variation on a OG isnt that big a problem, or is it?
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:46 PM   #5
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On kits I've made they always had a range for OG and FG. Usually 4-6 points range.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:03 PM   #6
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.002 variation on a OG isnt that big a problem, or is it?
No. Original gravity readings when brewing extract aren't nearly as important as when brewing all-grain (unless you are WAY off). They are necessary to determine ABV and to track fermentation but I wouldn't worry about being a little off from your target gravity.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:39 PM   #7
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Were there any specialty grains? The steeping may not have been long enough or at the right temp. Those lines are pretty small.
Yes. Recipe has 6 oz Carapils and 4 oz Carafoam. Recipe said raise temp to approximately 160, turn off heat and steep for 20 minutes. I was at 155, so I figured that was close enough to 160 (seeing as the recipe said approximately 160).

 
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