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Offline adz166

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Need some help with beer kit ABV
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:02:18 am »
Hi guys I put on a brew of Coopers Australian Lager, i added Coopers 1.5kg Amber Liquid Malt Extract and also about 500g of SprayMalt just to top it up.

I have somehow written down a hydrometer reading of 1.018, i must have written this wrong right?? surely thats not possible?

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Re: Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021, 12:45:47 pm »
It all depends on how much water you used.
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Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2021, 12:48:10 pm »
Hi guys I put on a brew of Coopers Australian Lager, i added Coopers 1.5kg Amber Liquid Malt Extract and also about 500g of SprayMalt just to top it up.

I have somehow written down a hydrometer reading of 1.018, i must have written this wrong right?? surely thats not possible?
What was the liquid volume immediately before fermentation? SG is a measurement of sugar density in liquid. So, it depends not how much liquid you have.

But, it definitely seems low for starting gravity. It could be a finish gravity.

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Re: Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2021, 02:06:00 pm »
i used all the standard measurements that it asked for. brewed short to 20L infact, i think maybe i didnt mix it enough... would this then affect the outcome?

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Re: Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2021, 02:37:41 pm »
i used all the standard measurements that it asked for. brewed short to 20L infact, i think maybe i didnt mix it enough... would this then affect the outcome?

Absolutely. Water needs a little help to thoroughly mix with extract (both dry and liquid) so if you just poured in water on top it's not going to mix evenly. Even taking a gravity reading preboil from an all grain batch can be off if the higher gravity first runnings are not well mixed with the later lower gravity runnings before taking a reading.
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Re: Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2021, 03:11:38 pm »
i used all the standard measurements that it asked for. brewed short to 20L infact, i think maybe i didnt mix it enough... would this then affect the outcome?

Absolutely. Water needs a little help to thoroughly mix with extract (both dry and liquid) so if you just poured in water on top it's not going to mix evenly. Even taking a gravity reading preboil from an all grain batch can be off if the higher gravity first runnings are not well mixed with the later lower gravity runnings before taking a reading.

thanks, is my brew going to be no good then?

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Re: Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2021, 03:29:39 pm »
i used all the standard measurements that it asked for. brewed short to 20L infact, i think maybe i didnt mix it enough... would this then affect the outcome?

Absolutely. Water needs a little help to thoroughly mix with extract (both dry and liquid) so if you just poured in water on top it's not going to mix evenly. Even taking a gravity reading preboil from an all grain batch can be off if the higher gravity first runnings are not well mixed with the later lower gravity runnings before taking a reading.

thanks, is my brew going to be no good then?
The brew will be fine. Fermentation will mix everything together.

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Re: Need some help with beer kit ABV
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2021, 10:03:20 pm »
i used all the standard measurements that it asked for. brewed short to 20L infact, i think maybe i didnt mix it enough... would this then affect the outcome?

Absolutely. Water needs a little help to thoroughly mix with extract (both dry and liquid) so if you just poured in water on top it's not going to mix evenly. Even taking a gravity reading preboil from an all grain batch can be off if the higher gravity first runnings are not well mixed with the later lower gravity runnings before taking a reading.

thanks, is my brew going to be no good then?
The brew will be fine. Fermentation will mix everything together.

phew! cheers!