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Old 11-29-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
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So it was my first time brewing and everything seemed to be going fine until I took my initial sp gr reading.
Supposed to be anywhere forom 1.05 to 1.06 but my reading was 1.015?

What exactly does this mean? Boiled too long?


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Old 11-29-2005, 03:18 PM   #2
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It probably means that you are not accounting for the temperature. What temp was your wort when you took it?


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Post the recipe, as well.
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How long did you boil? The longer the boil usually means the higher the OG. But if you measeured it hot, it will read low. Usually take a reading when the temp gets down to around 70-ish. The hydrometer is calibrated to be accurate at 60 degrees. If you take a reading at 70 degrees...add .001, and at 118 degrees, add .01. So temp makes a big diff when taking OG. Was this an all grain, partial or extraxt? AG or partial, you may have had a mis calculated recipe.
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It probably means that you are not accounting for the temperature. What temp was your wort when you took it?
It was at 72 degrees but I am not home right now to check the correction on the hydrometer. I do not think that .035 would be correction for that temperature.

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I will have to post this later. Sorry, its a German Altbier recipe.
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LOL...yea, quit a stretch...how long was the boil?
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72 degrees would not make up the differance. You can go here to look up what to add for the 72 temp. Like everyone else said, post your recipe later and we can probably go from there. It is also possible that you misread your hydrometer. 1.015 is pretty much where you want to end up at, not start.
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How long did you boil? The longer the boil usually means the higher the OG. But if you measeured it hot, it will read low. Usually take a reading when the temp gets down to around 70-ish. The hydrometer is calibrated to be accurate at 60 degrees. If you take a reading at 70 degrees...add .001, and at 118 degrees, add .01. So temp makes a big diff when taking OG. Was this an all grain, partial or extraxt? AG or partial, you may have had a mis calculated recipe.
Well since it was my first it was a recipe kit with all the crushed grain, extracts and hops pre-measured.

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12 oz Crushed Crystal 60L
1 oz Black Patent
3.3 lbs Muntons Amber Malt Extract
3.3 lbs Light Malt Extract
1 oz Cluster Bittering Hops
1/2 oz Hallertau Fininshing

The boil took 60 minutes. Added cluster 5 minutes into boiler and then hallertau 50 min later.

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May have misread the hydr. with 6.6 lbs of ME, there should be no way to fall that short. Can you re-test OG tonight? And I assume this was a 5 gallon batch, so if you followed the directions, you should be OK.
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If I did misread the hydrometer? Although I placed sample in long glass and read at eye level.

What would a low sg mean? Not enough sugars in the wort?


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