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Old 08-14-2012, 12:56 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by phatspade View Post
don't you read the potentional ABV scale before you pitch the yeast? I know I've used it that way and it was close to what beercalculas said my est. ABV would be. I personally don't care for ABV, but do know that my last IPA I used all my scrape malt so it came out 8%, but wasn't the best tasting and it felt like it had a heavier body from the extra malt.
The Potential ABV scale is designed for wine, which ferments out much more completely than beer does. If you read 8% before fermentation, it's unlikely that you actually had an 8% beer in the end.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:01 AM   #22
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gotcha. good thing I don't get excited by looking at that scale.

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Old 08-14-2012, 01:48 AM   #23
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I used this last time, seems to work.

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:56 AM   #24
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Okay, sounds good. On my next batch, Ill do a start reading, then an end reading. Thanks for all the replies/help!


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