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Old 03-25-2008, 01:50 AM   #1
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I brewed my first batch today (It was as much fun as expected, even though i spilled some of the wort on the floor) and was wondering when to take the hydrometer reading. I took it before I added the yeast and after. My instructions had the hydrometer reading step before the yeast addition so I assumed that was the correct order. My before yeast reading was 1.023 and my after yeast was 1.048. As a newbie brewer which one should I use as my inital specific gravity. Thanks for the help.

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Old 03-25-2008, 01:53 AM   #2
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Ideally you want to take the reading before pitching. But if you take it after it's not a big deal.

The most likely reason for the disparity in your readings is that you hadn't mixed the wort thoroughly enough for the first reading. Stirring in the yeast (which I assume you did) gave you what was most likely the proper reading.

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