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Old 12-23-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
bbell21
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I brewed my very first batch of American cream ale today I'm in new turkey cooker, I followed every step correctly and after chilling the wort I added most of it to the primary and kept the nasty looking gunk at the bottom for an OG reading. It wasnt planned the way but I simply forgot to do it before hhsnd. When I tested the reading it came out to 1.300 which is like 17% alchohol which I know can't be right. Is it because I didn't add the water first? Or...? Need some help guys, thanks. Btw it was only suppose to be at 1.049 for the OG



 
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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You need to top off with water (if necrssary) first. An OG of 1.300 means you did something wrong.



 
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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LOL
You need to test the liquid, not the gunk in the bottom of the kettle

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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If you used the gunk at the bottom for you gravity reading that's why. All the trub in there is pushing the hydrometer way too high.

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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you measured an OG of your concentrated and settled out hop gunk and protein from the hot/cold breaks. Not an accurate reading.

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:37 PM   #6
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So should I just wait a week until I siphon into my secondary to test the gravity again?

 
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:30 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bbell21
So should I just wait a week until I siphon into my secondary to test the gravity again?
Take a sample from primary ASAP. If not, don't bother and you just won't have an OG. Do sample from primary after a couple weeks to make sure you reach FG. Don't transfer to secondary until FG is reached (or at all, depending on who you talk to).



 
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