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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2014, 08:08:06 pm »
Just wanted to add that a very common newbie mistake is taking the reading after topping up but without stirring it in very well.  You need a good, well-mixed, uniform mixture to get an accurate reading.  Otherwise, you don't really know whether you snagged the sample wort from the heavy, sugary part or from the dilute part.  Mix it in well, and you'll be good to go.

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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2014, 06:35:22 am »
Used the right amount of water. 2.5 gallons to boil wort, then after I cooled it to pitching temp, I used the hydrometer to get a reading. Then, I added it to the carboy and filled with bottled water to the 5 gallon mark.  Would it be off because I took the measurement before adding the water?

How much water did you have to add to get to 5 gallons?
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2014, 06:48:19 am »
The other error that sometimes gets even experienced homebrewers is not having enough wort in the cylinder so that the hydrometer is actually sitting on the bottom and not floating. That will cause very high readings.
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2014, 07:07:01 am »
Just wanted to add that a very common newbie mistake is taking the reading after topping up but without stirring it in very well.  You need a good, well-mixed, uniform mixture to get an accurate reading.  Otherwise, you don't really know whether you snagged the sample wort from the heavy, sugary part or from the dilute part.  Mix it in well, and you'll be good to go.

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+1 Yep.  Did it myself on my second batch, and since it was extract, I was very confused about what I had done wrong.  Since there was a lot of trub in the sample jar, I thought that might have something to do with it, so I stirred the crap out of it and sampled again.

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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2014, 09:28:23 am »
Just wanted to add that a very common newbie mistake is taking the reading after topping up but without stirring it in very well.  You need a good, well-mixed, uniform mixture to get an accurate reading.  Otherwise, you don't really know whether you snagged the sample wort from the heavy, sugary part or from the dilute part.  Mix it in well, and you'll be good to go.

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And I'll add that it's VERY difficult to get it mixed well enough to get an accurate reading.  It's usually much more accurate to either calculate it, or make sure you get the correct volume in your fermenter and trust what the kit or recipe tells you.
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2014, 12:08:19 pm »
And I'll add that it's VERY difficult to get it mixed well enough to get an accurate reading.  It's usually much more accurate to either calculate it, or make sure you get the correct volume in your fermenter and trust what the kit or recipe tells you.

I'm not sure I agree that it's VERY difficult.  I'm getting what I believe to be accurate readings (hitting where I expect to be with consistent efficiency) when topping up.  I do have a consistent and pretty thorough process of mixing before taking a reading, which includes swirling the carboy and stirring with my wine thief, but I don't see that as difficult.
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2014, 01:09:12 pm »
I'm not sure I agree that it's VERY difficult.  I'm getting what I believe to be accurate readings (hitting where I expect to be with consistent efficiency) when topping up.  I do have a consistent and pretty thorough process of mixing before taking a reading, which includes swirling the carboy and stirring with my wine thief, but I don't see that as difficult.

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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2014, 01:10:24 pm »
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2014, 12:11:10 pm »
If that wine thief is glass - watch out stirring with it!  I'm sure it's plastic - just don't want someone to do the same with a glass one...you would hate to lose a batch to broken glass.

Anymore I take a few readings with a refractometer, until I get pretty consistent readings. Then I figure that I am close enough.
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2014, 03:14:14 pm »
If that wine thief is glass - watch out stirring with it!  I'm sure it's plastic - just don't want someone to do the same with a glass one...you would hate to lose a batch to broken glass.

It's plastic.  I'm nearly an all plastic brewery at this point.  Maybe I can get plastic flasks for my starters...
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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2014, 10:31:57 am »
If that wine thief is glass - watch out stirring with it!  I'm sure it's plastic - just don't want someone to do the same with a glass one...you would hate to lose a batch to broken glass.

It's plastic.  I'm nearly an all plastic brewery at this point.  Maybe I can get plastic flasks for my starters...

Or a plastic boil kettle!

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Re: American Pilsner with O.G. of 1.090?
« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2014, 11:21:51 am »
They exist




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Ok, only in the UK since they have standard 220.