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Old 10-05-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hey all,
Quick ?...doin my 1st batch and it's a week into fermentation. Had a lot of good activity ie bubbles the 1st 24 hrs and I'm hopin the yeast did its job. Doin a pale ale by the way. So I took readings on my test jar in the beginning and got a OG of 1.045....just did another reading and my SG is reading 1.010 which makes it like 2% alcohol...which is not adding up. Either I messed somethin up w my original reading or somethin special needs to happen in the next week before I bottle...any thoughts as to why the SG so much lower. Thx for the input.

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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I may be overlooking something as well...go easy on me it's a 1st for me!

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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More like about 4.5%.

( OG- FG) X 131= ABV

You are doing fine. Just let it sit for another week or two and then bottle it up.

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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what was the temp of the original sample you took. If it wasn't 60 degrees, you would need to adjust it according to the scale on the hydrometer.

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:57 PM   #5
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I'm not sure how you are calculating your ABV, but it's a bit off. Here's a calculator to help you out. Looks like you are about at 4.7%.

http://www.rooftopbrew.net/abv_calculator.php

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:16 PM   #6
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dont pay any attention to the %alcohol markings on your triple scale use the equation posted above.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:01 PM   #7
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Got it...thx the temp was 68F and I was totally looking at the hydrometer %. the equation makes sense! thx for puttin my mind at ease

 
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