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Old 04-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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How often should I or can I test the gravity level?I feel like I should open the carboys.

 
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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How long has it been? I usually wait at least a week before I check.

 
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Depends on the beer, I typically dont check anything until 3 weeks unless I am trying to push a wheat or low gravity beer.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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It is a brown ale and It has been in primary for about 5 days.

 
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #5
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It is a brown ale and It has been in primary for about 5 days.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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You can test as often as you like, but you don't NEED to. I usually let my beer set in primary for three weeks. I then test when I take it upstairs for bottling kegging. If it is close to expected final gravity I bottle or keg. There is some risk doing this, since I don't take multiple readings, but over time I have realized that if it is where it is suppose to be there isn't going to be much changing after 3 weeks, as long as there was some krausen within the first few days. I just shine a light through the bucket and you can see the outline of the krausen. Over 5 years I have only had once beer that wasn't ready after 3 weeks.

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Old 04-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
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Ok so my first brew went well I think.Sparge was a little fast only about 30 min . Checked gravity after boil when cooled it was only. 0.30 hope that is ok..

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #8
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You can test as often as you like, but you don't NEED to. I usually let my beer set in primary for three weeks. I then test when I take it upstairs for bottling kegging. If it is close to expected final gravity I bottle or keg. There is some risk doing this, since I don't take multiple readings, but over time I have realized that if it is where it is suppose to be there isn't going to be much changing after 3 weeks, as long as there was some krausen within the first few days. I just shine a light through the bucket and you can see the outline of the krausen. Over 5 years I have only had once beer that wasn't ready after 3 weeks.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:17 PM   #9
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Wait 3 weeks, take a gravity reading and if it is what you were expecting go ahead and bottle. If it is not where the recipe predicts wait 2 more days and check again if the readings are the same - bottle. If not wait another few days and test again.

I typically take a reading of the OG before fermentation and only a second one before bottling. Try not to disturb the beer more than necessary, you are more likely to harm the beer than learn anything useful.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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Thank you. I took a reading today and got a 1.018. The brew should get down to 1.012 or so before bottling. I will let it sit for another week or 2.

 
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