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Old 05-26-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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I am going to do my 2nd AG batch this weekend and was wondering when the best time was to take the 1st Hydrometer reading. With my 1st batch I took one off the 1st sparge runnings and it was higher that it should have been. I did the full sparge and and took another before the boil. It was lower than it should have been.

I just want to get an accurate reading prior to boil in case I need to add DME or thin to hit my target OG.

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Take a sample of your wort once you hit your volumes. Be sure to cool it down as close to 60F as you can while your wort is coming to a boil.

Once cooled take your reading and then adjust accordingly.

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:22 AM   #3
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Also, make sure you stir/mix your wort before taking a sample to ensure a proper reading.
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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take a sample of your wort once you hit your volumes. Be sure to cool it down as close to 60f as you can while your wort is coming to a boil.

Once cooled take your reading and then adjust accordingly.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice.

One other related question. I was shooting for a 6.5 gallon pres boil volume. The last half gallon coming off my sparge was almost as clear as water (I was brewing a pale ale so it was light anyway but it was very clear). I think this lowered my OG. Is it better to shoot for your volume or OG target?

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