I am glad to say I've never heard of it.
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+1 to taking your preboil sample after reaching a steady boil to get uniform mixing. Steve, I saw that your measurements were 1.041, 1.043, and 1.055. Let's throw out the 1.041 since it was taken before reaching boil. How close together time wise were the last two taken ? Evaporation would obviously concentrate the boil and increase your readings. I just ask because on my system my preboil (on a 60 minute boil) is usually ~ 12 pts lower than my post boil OG, the difference between your last 2 readings.
I stirred the wort in the boil kettle after sparging and took a sample. My refractometer read 1.032! It should have been 1.041.
IME, stirring isn't enough. You can't get an accurate pre-boil gravity until just after the boil starts, whether you're using a hydrometer or refractometer.
Thanks but if its at my place, I didn't brew it here. Not yet anyway. But I know a little farm house in the foothills of Mt Hood that has several World Cup goldsMy fervent hope is that the best beer in the world is no where near ANY city
I hope so too Jim. Since I can easily drive to your place to get some.
My fervent hope is that the best beer in the world is no where near ANY city