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  1. D

    Hydrometer confusion

    incoming noob!!! I recently purchased my first starter kit (Bulldog Micro Brewery - IPA - Starter Equipment and Beer Kit). I followed the instructions provided and have now also watched several videos on youtube. The pack came with a better brew hydrometer by hambletonbard. This hydrometer has...
  2. BelgianMeadMakeuhr

    Oxygen danger/helpful?

    Hi! I'm making my first mead (with Lalvin EC 1118) and I have a few questions about the aeration of the must: I read that it was best for the yeast to aerate it at the start of the fermentation to avoid stressing it too much and produce off flavours. My question is: until when is it good and...
  3. Candass08

    Hydrometer and specific gravity readings

    Hello all! This is my first ever attempt to homebrewing cider! I have been letting the apple juice and yeast ferment for two weeks and went to check the specific gravity with my hydrometer. From what I have read there should be at least some alcohol content by now however, it is reading zero...
  4. H

    Beginner here... wine won't stop fermenting? Looking for advice

    Hi there, I'm making my first batch of wine and I'm looking for some advice. It's a gallon of blackberry wine. It was in primary for about 10 days then I racked it into the secondary fermenter. According to the recipe I'm following, the secondary fermentation should have taken 30 days or less...
  5. Lee Shephard

    When to bottle?

    Hello Fellow Brewers, I just recently started a Northern Brewer Block Party Amber Ale. However I am not sure the fermentation was entirely successful. This may be due to poor Yeast or fluctuations in Temperature. After initial brewing I did a Hydrometer reading which was 1045. If my primary...
  6. S

    How can potential alcohol go negative?

    Hello, I am rather new to wine making and am confused about hydrometer readings. I took a potential alcohol reading before pitching the yeast and it read 11%, which to me means the sugars will yield 11%ABV when fully fermented. After fermentation my hydrometer reads -1% PA, and according to...
  7. N

    knowledge needed 1st timer Rhubarb & Elderflower wine

    Hi all, As the title suggests I am making an Elderflower and Rhubarb wine, and I have never made country wine before in my life so I want it to go right but I don't know what to expect. I am doing my research and I thought it would be helpful to create a thread here to get conversations and...
  8. W

    How to read Bielmeier hydrometer scale?

    I am new to beer brewing, so my apologizes if asking something obvious. I got Bielmeier hydrometer that has scale from 0 to 20. Assuming I measure at 20 Celsius and no corrections are needed.(according to my hydrometer) How to read this scale from 0 - 20? I mean 0 is water, what does other...
  9. R

    Hydrometer reading

    I have just bottled my first batch, and i didn't quite understand how the hydrometer reading works.. My OG was 1.090 and the one after fermentation was 1.040, can someone tell me what it means? Thanks and sorry for the ignorance.
  10. Byrdbrewer

    hydrometer readings

    Hi guys, I have a question for you all - I have been extract brewing for about 2 years, and have not been extremely diligent about taking hydrometer readings, primarily because I just haven't been too concerned about it. However, as my beers have become more and more delicious, I have decided to...
  11. skunkmeister

    Does trub/cold-break affect SG readings?

    I'm guessing because the trub/cold-break is not in solution then it should not affect the SG of the wort. Is that correct? If so, then does that mean that any proteins left in solution do contribute to the SG? Or are proteins so much lighter than sugars as to not be a factor? However, if...
  12. Oaky

    Big difference in measured OG vs calculator? Can my efficiency really be that bad?

    So I just brewed this last night: http://hopville.com/recipe/201126/imperial-ipa-recipes/oceanfarer Here is situation. I took the gravity reading at 90 degree f - and it came out to 1.050. Kind of weird for a 7 pd of grain + 2 pd of candi sugar and 5 pds of LME etc. It was a solid 6G batch...