Oops. Hate when that happens...

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Oops. Hate when that happens...

Postby fully_krausened » Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:31 pm

I have done it before and I did it again. Forgot to take a sample for gravity before pitching. :roll:
I remembered about 5 minutes after pitching so I took a sample.

Bad idea?

Usually I just let it go but since it was so soon after I went ahead. I am not too worried but it would be nice to have some opinions... :?

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Postby cozrulz » Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:25 pm

I just made my first brew and forgot to take the sample, so take this for what's worth. Would it matter right after pitching? I'm thinking only if you didn't have sterilized equipment. Otherwise I'm not sure how much the yeast would affect your gravity reading.
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I think it's okay as long as you used sanitized equipment

Postby billvelek » Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:26 pm

As long as you used sanitized equipment (wine thief or whatever) to draw your sample, I can't see how the yeast would make a detectable difference. They shouldn't have produced any measurable CO2 yet, in solution or to disturb your hydrometer, and the amount of yeast relative to your wort should be negligible. If you happened to use a large starter, then I suppose that might make a difference, but then again, perhaps that should be factored into your O.G. But maybe I'm wrong; we'll see what some of the others have to say. At the very least, you will have a very close reading to what it would have been before pitching, and it's probably better than not taking a reading at all.


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