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Old 09-08-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default Help me read my hydrometer, please.

I need help understanding my hydrometer. I hope you can see the small red line I photoshoped in, it is 2 lines below 40. This is where my original gravity was taken before I pitched my yeast when the wort was at 75 degrees. According to the recipe my original was suppose to be 1.052. Is my reading 1.044? Am I way off?


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Old 09-08-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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That line is indeed 1.044 - but your hydrometer is calibrated to be acurate at 60 degrees. Since you took your readings at 75 degrees, you need to add 3 or 4 points to that making it "around" 1.048 or so.

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Yes - It is 1.044. It's a bit off but not too bad. you could add a bit of DME to boost the gravity.
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Looks like 1.044 to me. Was 1.044 at the top or bottom of the meniscus? And what was the temperature of your wort when the gravity was taken?
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Not all hyrdometers are calibrated to 60 F. Check your documentation.
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russb123 - Yes, adjusted it looks like you have 1.047-8, You may have added just a little too much water diluting your batch, or you have a little layering of the sugars when you took the sample and it may be a little diluted.

DON"T WORRY. Relax, your still have some fine beer as long as you keep it sanitized, and your fermentation temperature matches your yeast.


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