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Rookie question about OG check
« on: August 17, 2017, 12:33:58 PM »
So I'm sitting with my friend last night brewing our own recipe (A smokey irish red ale that uses some peated malt). I usually take my OG when transferring wort into my primary. Is it better to take OG at the end of sparging, or when transferring into primary? Last night when I was taking my reading I couldn't help but think that the suspended particles of hops in the wort must be throwing off my reading. 

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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 01:17:35 PM »
Primary is the best place.  Temperature has an enormous effect, if you are using a hydrometer.  The hops shouldn't matter unless the hydro is sitting on a thick bed of hops that settled out.  If using a refractometer, it should work just fine at any temperature for OG (don't get us started on FG).
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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 02:43:17 PM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.
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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 03:42:48 PM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.

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and Westley, have you used peated malt before?
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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2017, 11:53:01 PM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.

This^^^^^

and Westley, have you used peated malt before?

Yes, once before in a stout. It's one of the most delicious things on the planet. Is there something specific I should know about peated malt?

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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 01:04:25 AM »
A lot of folks here love peated malt, but only  In Scotch

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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 01:09:10 AM »
A lot of folks here love peated malt, but only  In Scotch

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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 04:08:32 PM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.

This^^^^^

and Westley, have you used peated malt before?

Yes, once before in a stout. It's one of the most delicious things on the planet. Is there something specific I should know about peated malt?

Only that 99% of brewers can't stand it!  But it's your tastes and your beer....
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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2017, 04:58:09 PM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.

This^^^^^

and Westley, have you used peated malt before?

Yes, once before in a stout. It's one of the most delicious things on the planet. Is there something specific I should know about peated malt?

Only that 99% of brewers can't stand it!  But it's your tastes and your beer....


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Re: Rookie question about OG check
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 02:45:23 PM »

Yes, once before in a stout. It's one of the most delicious things on the planet. Is there something specific I should know enabout peated malt?
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Only that 99% of brewers can't stand it!  But it's your tastes and your beer....
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Gordon Strong quoted a guy that used a pound of peated malt saying "it tasted like an open grave". Lol