newbie question about FG

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I have brewed my first batch it is a kit from midwest, the autmn amber
ale.  It says the SG should be about 1.042-1.046.  That was about my
start.  It says the FG should be 1.010-1.012 but my FG has been closer
to 1.016 for two days now.  Is this too high to bottle tomorrow it
still hasn't changed?  It put in the the primary last saturday the
15th.  Thanks for the help.

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Most hydrometers are only accurate at a specific temperature, which should be
written on it, or the paperwork that came with it. If your brew is at a
different temperature the measurement will be out slightly.

The important thing is that the reading is no longer falling. So long as the
brew is in the right temperature range for fermentation to be taking place and
the readings are staying the same, then fermentation is done.

Phil
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It has been sitting at about 70=B0 the whole time.  I plan on taking one
more reading tomorrow and bottling if no change.  Thanks for the input.

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PJ Fry wrote:

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Your beer may be done fermenting, but I wouldn't rush to bottling.
Having patience can be tough, esp on your first batch, but I always go
at least 2 weeks before bottling. Did your kit come with a secondary?
That will give you much clearer beer. Also, if you boil in small volumes
due to lack of equipment, you may be caramelizing sugars. That could
lead to higher than expected FG. This page has a lot of great
information and has helped me a lot: http://www.shagg.net/brewing/
Cheers, Tom

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Everyone has given good advice. It sounds like you were already aware of the
need to watch your FG for three days of no change. I'll second Tom's
statement. The hardest thing to learn is the patience and experience will
help with that one too. All ales benefit from a little aging and for the
first few weeks it's more advantageous to let it do so in the fermentor or
in the secondary. Not only does this help insure the fermentation is done,
but also helps clear your brew and reduce the amount of sediment in the
bottom of your bottle.

All that said, there shouldn't be anything wrong with you being able to
bottle your brew in the next day or two if it stays at 1.016.

Welcome to brewing
Mark R



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The FG posted in a recipe is mostly just a guess.  Lots of things can
effect it, including the brand of extract you're using.  You're at around
65% attenuation now.  That's not terrific, but not horrible either.  IMO,
let it sit for another couple days and check it again.  You don't want to
rush it, that's what usually gets people into trouble.


John.

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This kit did not come with a secondary fermenter.  I live in the
sticks of TN and I was paying way too much for shipping on a
fermenter.  I plan on getting one next time I pass through Nashville.
Thanks for all the valuable input.  I just finished bottling and
things went smooth.  The FG was still at about 1.016.  It smells
great, the taste seemed a little weak but that is from skimming from
the top layer, and I don't guess I have ever had truely flat beer.  I
expected more of a hop flavor but we'll see how it is in two weeks.
The color was deep golden amber.  There was ton of yeast in the bottom
of the primary so I guess that is good sign.  It's funny how you can
read and read but until you do it yourself things are all new.

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Sounds good.

I have brewed kits for years and never bothered with a secondary. Sure it helps
clear the beer, but your taste buds don't care what it looks like. Some people
do worry about how clear it is and that's fine for them. If you're drinking and
not entering competitions does it matter?

Phil

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Maryland Homebrew (mdhb.com) give a 10% discount on
mail orders to offset shipping costs,  Fortunately
my childbride runs a pickup and delivery service for
me.  Austin Homebrew (austinhomebrew.com) charges a
flat rate of $6.99 for all shipments.  I'm willing to
pay this if I'm making a large purchase of items not
available at Maryland Homebrew.

Since almost every LHBC (Local Homebrew Club) has a
positive relationship with a LHBS, you might be able
to arrange delivery at a club meeting.

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This is especially true with high gravity beers
which I have kegged directly from the primary. The
only concern when bottling would be to assurance
that fermentation is complete.

Dick



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PJ Fry wrote:

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Don't forget to stop at Jack's for a beef brisket sandwich while you're
in Nashville! Man, his original recipe sauce is king. OK, I'm
off-topic......

Tom

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Don't worry about that too much.  The beer will change a lot as it ages,
especially in the first couple weeks.  Carbonation makes a big difference
as well.


John.

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