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View Poll Results: Do you check the specifig gravity with a hydrometer?
Never! 9 4.57%
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Usually 26 13.20%
Always! 144 73.10%
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Who does this? I have not done it since my second batch of bear a few years ago.


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Old 10-16-2008, 05:22 PM   #2
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I will usually check my OG to calculate efficency if I am making minor changes to my technique, and I will usually check FG, especially if it is a bigger beer or I plan on bottling.

Other than that, there are many times when I don't care and am just happy with the fact that I made beer!


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Old 10-16-2008, 05:25 PM   #3
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Who does this? I have not done it since my second batch of bear a few years ago.
I personally don't know how you would check a batch of bear with a hydrometer. And I can't imagine it would be safe no matter how you do it.

As for my beers, meh. I check the SG with a refractometer during brewday but after it's left the kettle I figure it's gonna be whatever it's gonna be.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:25 PM   #4
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I always check. I want to know my efficiency and I want to know if I hit my OG. I also like to know the final attenuation and what the ABV will be.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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OG - Always
SG - when transfering to secondary - usually
FG - when bottling - always
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I always check. I want to know my efficiency and I want to know if I hit my OG. I also like to know the final attenuation and what the ABV will be.
THIS. Before it leaves the kettle, I use a refractometer and use the hydrometer to check the progress of fermentation. Granted, a good deal can be 'intuited' from experience....but I want to be sure.
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Always, and I never had to start any threads like "is my fermentation stuck" or "when should I rack/bottle" either
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I always check the OG to make sure my IBU/Sg ratio is in the ballpark (my efficiency is pretty steady, at 72%ish, though). I always check the FG before kegging, to make sure fermentation is finished. I've had a couple that fooled me- I thought they were done, but stopped at 1.022. I was bottling then, so I'm glad I caught those! I pitched some fresh yeast, and bottled when it was 1.016.
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Always, and I never had to start any threads like "is my fermentation stuck" or "when should I rack/bottle" either
ROFLMAO... Well played, sir!


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