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Old 03-03-2008, 03:28 AM   #1
May 2007
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I dont have my ingriedent list. 5 gallon extract - honey brown.
2.5-3 gallons boiled, topped off with water.

On brew day i took my reading: 1.010 (didnt stir well after reading)
2 Weeks later moved to secondary 1.020
2 more weeks later moved to bottle 1.010

Whats going on here??????
This was a premade pack of honeybrew from notherbrewer..

Brewing has been easy for me, taking these ABV readings is like hell.
Im not sure if this is a question or rant... I just have no idea what im doing with his hydrometer... are there like electionic ones or something,

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Old 03-03-2008, 03:43 AM   #2
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If you used one of those prehopped can deals, like I did my first time with similar issues, my LHS told me to boil, I think it was, 2 cups of dextrose in a little water and add. I had no instructions telling me that bit of info, but it worked. Haven't used one of those kits since.

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Old 03-03-2008, 01:42 PM   #3
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You already admitted your problem that you didn't stir the wort after you topped off so that OG was way off.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:51 PM   #5
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It sounds like you're taking your readings correctly, but you just didn't get a accurate OG reading since you didn't mix your wort with the top off water very well.

If you finished at 1.010 after 2 weeks I'd guess that you started somewhere around 1.040-1.045 or so.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:05 AM   #6
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thanks, thats what i was looking, i guess.. so i can kinda figure this out.

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Old 03-04-2008, 02:06 PM   #7
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Ignore the ABV scale. It's irrelevant to homebrewing.

Most kits of the type you made shoot for the 1.040-1.045 range for original gravity. Hitting 1.020 after two weeks means the ferment was going a bit slowly, but hitting 1.010 is right on target.

Give it 2-3 weeks in the bottle & it should be ready.
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