Initial gravity of wort (prior to fermentation).

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How Does a Hydrometer Work?

I know how to use my hydrometer, and I know what numbers to look at and write down on my brewing sheets, but I'm not sure what those numbers actually represent, or even what units I should use to ...
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[WIKI] How Do You Calculate Original Gravity?

This is a community wiki post. Anybody with more than 100 reputation can edit it. You may also post your own answer. I get no reputation if you vote the question up or down, however, please vote up if ...
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Original Gravity: Calculate or measure

I've been told that for extract brewing it's best to simply calculate the original gravity instead of measuring it. Is this correct? What are the pros/cons either way? What about with extract+...
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Didn't hit gravity--how to calculate how much malt extract to add to the fermenter?

Lets say you were aiming for 1.047 but only hit 1.032. In a 5 gallon batch, how much malt extract would you need to add to the fermenter to bring it up to the desired gravity?
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Why was original gravity high by .010?

Recently brewed a dry stout extract kit. Boiled 5 gallons on propane. Steeped 2 lbs of roasted malt, crystal malt and flaked barley at 155-160 F. Extract was 6.6lbs of Coopers Light LME. As usual, ...
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Why measure gravities?

I've brewed a good dozen batches of beer from kits, extract, extract+grain, and now all-grain, and I've never measured gravities. Why measure gravity, besides to know what you're getting? Is there any ...
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Why is my starting gravity low?

In the fall of 2011 I made the leap from extract/partial kits to all-grain kits. I'm enjoying AG, but my SG is continuously below the expected. I have brewed 5 AG kits and 4 have had a low SG. My ...
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How do you calculate how much extract to add if you don't hit your target gravity pre-boil?

Planning to do my first all-grain BIAB. If miss my target gravity after mashing, how do I figure out how much extract to add before I start the boil in order to reach that OG? I would imagine pre-...
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What causes Original Gravity to be lower than it should be?

I am an extract brewer and every brew I have done the OG was lower than the intended OG, (my OG is always lower than the recipe's OG). For example I brewed the stout recipe below from beertools.com ...
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Why would OG be significantly higher than predicted?

I know there are several questions on the forum about OG being lower than predicted. Please bear with me though. I'm at a loss. I just brewed a straightforward extract wheat beer recipe. The ...
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Does white honey have greater effect on gravity?

A few weeks ago I made my first mead (actually a braggot). I ordered a 12 lb bucket of raw honey. To my surprise, when I opened it the honey inside was a creamy, almost foamy opaque white. It didn't ...
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is it possible to estimate OG from nutritional information?

After many batches of beer, I've decided to try a hard cider. The recipe I have does not give a predicted OG, however all of the ingredients list the amount of sugar in the nutritional information. ...
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Curiously high OG after first all-grain batch

I conquered my first all-grain batch this weekend, and after some early problems constructing my cooler mash tun, it went off without a hitch. It's a Northern Brewer all grain kit, and the recipe ...
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How might trub effect taking original gravity?

For the beer that I brewed this past weekend, I finally remembered to take an Original Gravity reading. Unlike my previous last three attempts, I actually had a little more than my target 1 gallon, ...
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How to calculate alcohol without OG reading?

I tested 'brewing' a cider for the first time a few weeks ago. Since this process was so extremely different from what I am used to with brewing beers I completely forgot to take an OG reading. To be ...
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Using Burnt Caramel / Brewer's Caramel in Recipes

Has anyone worked with using either burnt caramel or brewer's caramel in their recipes? I have read a few places that Fuller's is known to use this to increase the SRM of some of their product line, ...
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When to add DME if you miss your starting OG?

My family was very nice to me this Christmas and I got a bayou classic burner and an 32qt. pot with 2 ports and a bazooka screen as well as an immersion chiller. I had built a 10 gallon mash tun over ...
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Why is our Original Gravity low?

When brewing from an extract kit we always seem to be low in the Original Gravity department. It's usually not a lot -- something like 1.055 instead of 1.060. What might be causing this to happen? Is ...
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Undershooting OG in all-grain brewing

My last few all-grain batches have been under the expected OG at least as far as the recipe is concerned. The beers still taste good and all, but I'd like to get my efficiency up. For example, my ...
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How can I prime by taking the gravity of the priming fluid?

I have this great mulberry syrup I found. I want to prime with it, and I forget how to figure this out with an unknown sugar source. I see that John Palmer's "How to Brew" references measuring the ...
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Didn't get the expected O.G

I brewed a nano batch of single grain IPA and I don't know what I have done wrong. Before I started, I calculated the O.G. and F.G. as shown in the picture bellow. After boiling the wort from 5.3 ...
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Why is my OG so low?

I brewed this recipe but substituted crystal 80 for the crystal 15. I did the full mash option, and I doubled all the ingredients and did a 10 gallon batch. I got an OG of 1.045 at 75F so adjusted ...
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What to do when gravity comes out too low?

We brewed a maibock (from an extract kit) and when we checked our OG it was significantly lower than it should have been. I mean like, really, really low. We decided to attribute this to the wort not ...
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What effect would using less LME than called for have?

I just brewed a recipe for a biggish beer that calls for 6.6 lbs of light LME and 2.75 lbs of light DME. Given that I always mess up at least one thing when I brew, I measured out 2.75 lbs of DME and ...
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Stuck or Slow Fermentation

So I have my first possible stuck fermentation. First, my recipe: http://hopville.com/recipe/166971/extra-special-strong-bitter-english-pale-ale-recipes/shoals-pale-ale-clone I pitched with two ...
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Brewed an Oatmeal Stout and the gravity did not drop as much as predicted, should I re-pitch or add yeast nutrients/energizer?

I just brewed an oatmeal stout see recipe details here and I have a question about missing Orignal and/or Final gravities. The OG was supposed to be 1.061 and the FG 1.016. I brewed and got an OG or ...
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Raising OG before pitching yeast

I am using an all-grain recipe for a Belgian ale. My OG came out to 1.052 rather than 1.081-5. What can I do to raise the OG before pitching the yeast? Will a pound or two of malt extract help?
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Lots of trub affecting specific gravity readings?

I'm in the process of making a pretty big pumpkin beer, and just transferred to secondary. There was an incredible amount of trub -- probably 1.5 gallons out of a 5 gallon batch. I guess it was a ...
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Ensuring an accurate gravity reading

So I've brewed between 6-10 batches of beer at home using partial boil methods but have never managed to get accurate gravity readings. The issue I have is that my readings somehow always seem to be ...
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How does a yeast starter affect original gravity reading?

I've prepared a 1qt (~1L) yeast starter according to instructions from Wyeast.com. I didn't measure its gravity, but in theory it should be about 1.040. I am brewing a 5 gallon batch of high gravity ...
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Convert US to metric gravity points

How can I convert US gravity points? If, for example, a pound per gallon of sugar gives 46 gravity points (1.046 OG), how can I calcualate the corresponding value when 1kg of sugar is added to 10l of ...
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Can wort layering significantly affect OG reading?

A few days ago I brewed a 5-gallon recipe with the following fermentables: 8 oz Crystal 20 8 oz Crystal 40 One 3.3 lb can Briess Munich LME 2.5 lb Light LME Beer Calculus predicts an OG of 1.046. ...
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Does a malt “late addition” affect OG?

I'm following a recipe from a book for an IPA that calls for the following (simplified) steps: Boil water (3G/11L) Add Light DME (1lb/450g) & return to boil Add hops At 45 mins, add LME (6.6lb/...
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Is delayed yeast activity normal?

I am working on a small batch, 1 gallon of Pale Ale. It came in a kit and the yeast was not labeled so I am not sure what kind it is. This is only the third batch I have brewed. On my first two ...
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Undershot OG with extract brewing

Today I attempted an American IPA (Extract) full boil. I calculated the OG to be around 1085 using beersmith. The recipe included just over 11lbs of fermentables (9.15lbs LME, 1.10lb DME, 1lb corn ...
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Different OG than predicted

Just brewed a batch, and my OG reading is significantly different (1.051 as opposed to 1.070) than what Beercalculus.com predicted based on my recipe. Is there any possible reason for this that ...
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Why is IBU/GU a good measure?

Since the FG is what measures the residual sugar in the final beer, why do we use OG, instead of FG, to calculate the ratio of the bitterness over the sweetness in final beer? How precisely is the ...
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How can I fix low starting gravity?

I made my third all-grain batch last weekend. I have had issues getting decent efficiency so I added a couple extra pounds of ESB malted barley (11lbs, instead of 9, and about 3lbs of specialty grain)....
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Hydrometer reading interference

When brewing an IPA about a week ago, my starting gravity reading came out to be 1.12 - significantly higher than the listed target of 1.07 on the recipe. I had suspicions of error at the time which I ...
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Pilsner extract kit: why is the original gravity low?

I've just put the extract version of this in the fermenter: http://www.wagonbrewing.co.nz/panhead-port-road-clone?search=pilsner The gravity is 1.037 which seems way low. Dammit I don't want no weak ...
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How low an original gravity is too low?

I just brewed this extract IPA. I had 4.6 gal in the fermentor when I measured original gravity at 1.053 (@80 degrees), on the low end of the target range for 5 gallons (target 1.059, or 1.053-1.062)....
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How to add DME to the wort

I typically use LME for my wort, with no prblems, but this time I am trying a slightly bigger beer and want to add DME to boost the OG. The one time I tried adding DME to my wort, I just dumped it ...
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Question regarding which volume to use for OG calculation

My question is regarding which volume to use when calculating OG, and more importantly why. How to calculate the gravity points for a recipe is fine, but then according to BeerSmith at least, you ...
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What happens when mash temperature is too low?

So yesterday we brew our second beer. As expected, some errors occured during the process, which is alright, we're learning! :) So the main problem is that we were only able to keep the mash ...
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should I/how do I account for temperature differences for gravity readings?

I've taken my OG at the start, and another reading last night. Only last night did I register that my OG seemed slightly low according to what the brew can suggested as typical. My OG was 1.037 (can ...
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adding 1 g to 5 g recipe - keep OG the same

So i've got a 5 gallon partial mash kit(OG 1.065), and I am looking to add around a gallon to increase my yield for the session. What formula could I use to know how much extra dme to use to keep ...
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Missed my target gravity and volume by a mile

So, I know there were lots of things I could have done to repair the situation had I been prepared (lesson learned, I'll be having DME on hand from here on out), but I'm a little more interested in ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

I just brewed my first ever German Weizen (using True Brew kit) on Saturday (today is Monday) and it's sitting in a plastic 6 gallon bucket (but there's only 5 gallons of it). I have some questions ...
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Adding water just after fermentation has started, wait, or not worth it?

I brewed this recipe last night: http://beerrecipes.org/showrecipe.php?recipeid=1254#sthash.U5JgSM6X.GnSCunwe.dpbs I don't think we added enough water and it looks like the OG is around 1.1 although ...
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Can I decrease Original Gravity of the beer during fermentation process?

I am trying to brew 5 gal of Dunkelweizen. I used instructions from: Dunkelweizen I measured the OG of 1080 after cool down the wort. It should be 1050-1053. What should I do in order to decrease ...