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Old 06-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #11
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I have a similar question. I started an IPA three weeks ago today. The OG was 1.060. We racked to secondary a week later and took another reading, 1.010. Today we got another 1.010, but I still see bubbles in the vial we use to take the sample. I'm thinking I should wait another week to see if the bubbles stop.
The bubbles you have in your sample tube is normal because the beer is now slightly carbonated due to the yeast activity. 1.010 is a great gravity for an OG of 1.060. You should be good to go especially if you have the same reading two weeks in a row.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #12
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It's done fermenting most likely,especially since you got the same gravity twice in a row. What you're seeing is dissolved co2,a by product of fermentation. Just let the beer settle out clear or slightly misty & you're good to bottle.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:08 PM   #13
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I have a similar question. I started an IPA three weeks ago today. The OG was 1.060. We racked to secondary a week later and took another reading, 1.010. Today we got another 1.010, but I still see bubbles in the vial we use to take the sample. I'm thinking I should wait another week to see if the bubbles stop.
As was mentioned, "bubbles" aren't a sign of continued fermentation. In fact, you will carbonating the beer, and bubbles are what you're looking for in carbonation.

Bubbles just mean there is c02 in the solution. If you look at airlock activity, an airlock may bubble if the weather changes due to the release of c02, but it doesn't mean fermentation is occurring.

If it's been at 1.010 for two weeks, it's not going to get any "doner" than it is right now.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #14
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Ok now I'm really confused. I took a reading last night and it came in higher than on Sunday. Somehow it went from 1.018 on Sunday to 1.020 on Monday. How is that possible?

 
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I've had that happen before & thought I was seeing things. Maybe temp change?
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Seeing things was my initial thought actually. My second was blaming the hydrometer for somehow malfunctioning, and my third thought was to blame the dog.

I've tried to keep it between 70-75 for most of it's life...although now that you mention it when I took my reading on Sunday I did have it sitting in the (slightly) warmer kitchen for a few hours before hand.

 
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I was going to say that higher temps do change the reading slightly. Here's a quicky hydrometer correction program; http://www.brewheads.com/gravcorrect.php
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:03 PM   #18
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I guess that could explain it, but I didn't think a few degrees would make much difference? I'll take my reading tonight in the same area as last night and hope it hasn't mysteriously risen again.
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I'm not sure how it's possible, but it's risen again. I took the reading in the same area of the house as yesterday and it rose to 1.020. What's more is it seems to slowly rise in the thief. Could the carbonation in the beer cause the hydrometer to give an inaccurate reading? I'm completely at a loss here.

 
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Might seem like a silly question, but have you spun your hydro to make sure there are no bubbles on it?
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