First brew. Concerned about OG - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > First brew. Concerned about OG

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
Rexorotten
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
central, missouri
Posts: 47



Hi all. I brewed my first batch ever today. Midwest supplies' Liberty Cream Ale. I wanted to do a full boil so started boil at 6 gallons. The wort didn't quite boil down to 5 gallons, probably like 5.5 gallons. Anyway, the OG was 1.038. Estimated OG was 1.042 -1.046 Not a big deal right, just a little weaker beer? Also, I forgot to calibrate my hydrometer, and don't have distilled water to do so.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
Rivenin
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
McMinnville, Oregon
Posts: 3,209
Liked 312 Times on 245 Posts


It's honestly a bit tough to read extract beer. However that lower reading is probably relying on that other half gallon to have been boiled off. I wouldn't worry about it, you're good! And congrats and welcome to the addiction. And yes, the lower numbers just means a titch less alc


__________________
RAINYDAY BREWING AND WINERY McMinnville, OR - EST 2010
Coming up Cream ale
Primary Milk the funk berlinerweisse with saison yeast - Blonde
Kegged Heff/saison yeast split
240v - 4500w electric two tier

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
Rexorotten
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
central, missouri
Posts: 47


Thank you very much!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 11:30 PM   #4
Stauffbier
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Stauffbier's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
El Paso, TX
Posts: 5,122
Liked 1048 Times on 641 Posts


Your OG isn't that far off. It'll still be good. I've brewed that same kit, and it's a tasty beer. I plan on brewing the AG version some time soon..
__________________
Bier war sein letztes wort dann trugen ihn die Englein fort...


 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 09:51 PM   #5
FermentingFreak
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Bowie, Maryland
Posts: 25


I find myself visiting this page after each brew: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/atte...-panic-289735/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 01:16 AM   #6
DenGran
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
York, PA
Posts: 5

I stopped taking hydrometer readings after 3 extract batches. The OG was off on each one but they all tasted great.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 03:02 AM   #7
lgilmore
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Marysville, WA
Posts: 606
Liked 33 Times on 28 Posts


It's times like these when you need to think about the primary idea of the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.. Don't Panic.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 03:40 AM   #8
brewmaster101
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Posts: 63
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I have done 4 extract batches and the OG has yet to hit right where its suppose to be. It's close, never right on. The beer will be fine. Make sure you are really patient with the whole, this is my weakness.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2nd Brew - True Brew Irish Stout sjjn Extract Brewing 4 02-04-2011 04:40 PM
What to brew for 3rd (extract) brew? GrantH Extract Brewing 0 11-03-2010 11:23 PM
Yeast not yet bubbling - how long before you would get concerned? jvanwest Extract Brewing 10 08-24-2010 04:31 PM
Successful First Brew!!! Brew Porn and Food Porn! Large Pictures!!! talleymonster Extract Brewing 16 07-04-2007 12:16 PM
brew infected? [first brew question] mattfuzzy Extract Brewing 9 06-22-2007 12:03 PM


Forum Jump