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Old 01-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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I've been a brewer for about 2 years and I never measure gravity, I keep an eye on temps, that's about it.


Though I made a extract beer and misread the fermatables and had some beer bombs lol


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Old 01-18-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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Unless I'm brewing something of an insanely high OG and need to make sure it attenuates well, or brewing something for a competition I don't either. I've been brewing long enough and have my system dialed in well that I trust that I hit my numbers within a point or two. Plus I'm not one that's all that concerned with exact abv.


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Old 01-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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Yeah, it wouldn't be fun for me if it was a have to, but I've made probably 15 batches or so and one was bad from to much sugar lol
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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I'm an engineer, so measurements are kind of my thing.

However, at the last competition I was at, I met a woman who called her style of brewing "the Italian mother style". Meaning, she didn't take readings, just threw in a little of this and a little of that. Much to my surprise, she took 2nd best of show for her American Stout. I tasted it later and wow, it was amazing!
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:05 PM   #5
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I don't bother taking gravity readings since I've only been doing extract kits. Northern Brewer includes the exact amount of extract and steeping grains I need.

When I start doing all-grain I'll do a measurement for the first few times I run with that system.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #6
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I dont think I could sleep at night if I didnt take readings! But I'm one of those people that need to know exactly how much work those little yeastys did.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:14 PM   #7
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i guess i always take them, so if i happen to really nail something, i can be sure to brew it to the exact same numbers, and nail it again ... my numbers are pretty consistant at this point though. i'm one year into all grain right now.
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If it's something new that I'm doing I'll take the measurements just to make sure my system or intuition or whatever is working properly. If I've brewed a batch a few times over and I know exactly how it's going to behave then there's no need to keep such a close watch on things. After a while you just know when it's done and ready.
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Yeah, what about big beers that start and stall repeatedly over a course of a month or two. I'm also not interested in bottle bombs. It's not as if taking a reading is some big inconvenience.
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Yeah, what about big beers that start and stall repeatedly over a course of a month or two. I'm also not interested in bottle bombs. It's not as if taking a reading is some big inconvenience.
Unless you have an insanely big beer a month long primary is a pretty good guarantee of not having a bottle bomb. I just wait until everything is brilliantly crystal and the yeast cake is solid, usually about a month.

Plus even with my big beers I don't worry that much. Good aeration and healthy pitching rates are a good way to make sure the fermentation doesn't start and stall repeatedly.


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