Hydrometer Reading

What went wrong? Was this supposed to happen? Should I throw it out? What do I do now?

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Hydrometer Reading

Post by Rfields947 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:29 am

This is my first attempt at making beer. After I poured the wort into the fermenting jug I did a hydrometer reading and it was 1.034. According to the scale this was too low. Any ideas what I could have done wrong?

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low OG

Post by slothrob » Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:39 pm

I assume you made an extract kit. If you hit the volumes correctly, then the OG will be what the kit predicted, because the amount of sugar in the kit is known.

It's very common, with these extract kits, that brewers get the wrong OG read from the hydrometer. This is because you are mixing the concentrated wort from the kettle with water. It is very difficult to get this mixed evenly enough to get a good hydrometer reading, even if you're sure you mixed it well. The reading is almost always low, because the concentrated wort wants to sit on the bottom.

The fermentation will get it mixed well, though.
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Low OG

Post by Rfields947 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:20 pm

Thanks. That answers my question. You are correct I did use the extract kit.

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Post by slothrob » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:37 pm

Good luck and enjoy the beer!
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