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Old 05-25-2008, 07:14 PM   #11
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Hydrometers keep you from making mistakes like bottling too early and asking stupid questions about why you're getting bottles grenades and such...
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Old 09-11-2008, 03:26 AM   #12
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Hydrometers keep you from making mistakes like bottling too early and asking stupid questions about why you're getting bottles grenades and such...
So lets say I don't have a hydrometer, but ferment for 14 to 17 days all the time (one week in the first carboy and typically a week in a half in the secondary). Is it safe to bottle then? I don't have the time to keep taking readings all the time. I have not had anything blow up yet and the beer is always good.

 
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Old 09-11-2008, 03:37 AM   #13
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So lets say I don't have a hydrometer, but ferment for 14 to 17 days all the time (one week in the first carboy and typically a week in a half in the secondary). Is it safe to bottle then? I don't have the time to keep taking readings all the time. I have not had anything blow up yet and the beer is always good.
That's fine until you have a beer that decides to take 20 days to finish fermenting. Thirty seconds of time is worth it to take a reading and know the whole story.
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Old 09-11-2008, 03:43 AM   #14
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I like to know the ALC content for various reasons.

 
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:50 AM   #15
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I like to know the ALC content for various reasons.
Here is my deal, the last four batches I have always had a final reading of 1.018 as I did tonight with the same recipe as above. I been 20 days and I keep getting the same 1.018. Takes me about three beers and I can not drive, when I can drink eight domestic beers and feel the same way.

I gave my religious brother-in-law one 22oz of beer during my BBQ on the 4th and he was freaking me out. Dude did not want to stand up to flip the hamburgers. I don't know the ALC content...

I think my meter is broken or something because I don't trust it anymore... Is there a way I can check it?

Beer is fine and no grenades (yet). Fermentation is always really crazy for about three days and then settles down to where I can not hear it. Room temp has been 70F to 80F as of the last two months.

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Old 09-11-2008, 12:40 PM   #16
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Well, according to The Beer Recipator, your beer starts at OG 1.052 and ends at FG 1.018, which gives 4.4% ABV. That's not too far from BudMillOors. Perhaps your brother-in-law perceived some flavor and it made him think he was drinking something quite strong? Wouldn't be the first time a drinker has experienced a psychosomatic effect. Unless he goes all stupid when he has two tins of Bud or something.

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Well, according to The Beer Recipator, your beer starts at OG 1.052 and ends at FG 1.018, which gives 4.4% ABV. That's not too far from BudMillOors. Perhaps your brother-in-law perceived some flavor and it made him think he was drinking something quite strong? Wouldn't be the first time a drinker has experienced a psychosomatic effect. Unless he goes all stupid when he has two tins of Bud or something.

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How did you figure out what the OG, FG and ABV is for this beer?

 
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:22 PM   #18
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Okay.

1. Go to The Beer Recipator or some other online recipe calculation site of your preference.

2. Tell the website how much of what ingredient you're going to use.

3. Read the resulting report(s).

Really, it's that simple.

You can only estimate your OG in this case. I figured liquid malt extract provides about 1.037 per pound per gallon. 7 lbs of LME gives an OG of 1.052 according to the above site. You told us your beer was at 1.018 FG. Finding ABV is an exercise in arithmetic, even if the Recipator didn't report 4.4% by volume.

Unless you used dry wheat extract; did you?

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Old 09-11-2008, 05:26 PM   #19
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Crash,
If you want to check your hydrometer just pour a tall glass of water and dunk it. It should come up at, or near, the 1.000 mark.
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