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Old 10-13-2012, 12:08 AM   #1
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Getting ready to begin tomorrow. Quick last minute question....
What is the importance of hydrometer readings?

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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Get ready to be hooked!

The initial OG reading will tell you a few things. First you'll see how close to the mark you came on expected OG. Second, you'll have an initial reading to compare to the final gravity. And this will tell you what the alcohol by volume (ABV) is. It's not necessary for a tasty beer. But as you get more into this hobby repeatability becomes more important and measurements help you achieve that.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:18 AM   #3
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By the way, what recipe are you brewing?
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:38 AM   #4
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Gotcha. I have a lot of equipment but don't have hydrometer. I will have to get one. But glad I don't need at the moment. The local brew supply is open tomorrow but I plan on being well into it before they open. I got an extract IPA kit. I'm ready to be hooked! Lol been thinking about doing it for a while but never truly pursued. Now I'm ready.

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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Why not just run over there now & get one? Better to be prepared.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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I say local but it's 30 min. Away. Brewing now, I have not had any major foam issue. One small initial foam but it stopped after one time off burner....is that a good sign, bad sign, or neither?

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:57 PM   #7
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That's the hot break. Sometimes it's massive, sometimes not so much, just depends on the ingredients and the boil strength. Brew valiantly

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:26 PM   #8
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One other thing I strained most of the hops from the fermenter. Good idea or bad? Everything else went good.

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:27 PM   #9
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I should note strained during the transfer from kettle to fermenter...

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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Its good to strain the trub. I use the grain bags. Put the hops on the grain bags, knot the bag and snip it for the next time. It cuts down the filtering at the end.

 
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