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Old 12-02-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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Ok i have a Brewers Best Red Ale in my secondary. I brewed it on 11-11-07. When i put it in primary the Gravity was 1.038 a little lower than what the directions said (they said 1.042-1.045) i may have read the hydrometer wrong this was my first attempt after all, or forgot to take into account the temp. But i digress, i racked to secondary on 11-18 and took a second gravity reading this was 1.012. I would assume that this is very close to what my final gravity should be. I just took a reading not 10 minutes ago and it read 1.014. My question is did i just mess up taking my reading or is it possible for the gravity to go up after a couple of weeks? I was going to try to bottle but i think i should wait a couple of days and take a couple of more readings. I dont want bottle bombs! SWMBO would have my head on a platter if i have an eruption in our spare bedroom and leave beer all over! I have been reading this forum almost everyday since before my first brew and have learned so much from all of the posts. Thanks for any and all responces..


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Old 12-02-2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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It's probable that you were just misreading your hydrometer. I would (as you suggested) wait a couple of days and take another hydrometer reading. Check out the BrewWiki at the top of the page for more info on hydrometers and a lot of other homebrewing related stuff.

Congatulations on your first brew!

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Old 12-02-2007, 09:10 PM   #3
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Some times CO2 bubbles can float the hydrometer a bit. I either degas the sample or spin the hydrometer a few times to remove any bubbles.
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