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Hi everyone,

 

This is my first home brew and i purchased the coopers kit and a mangrove jacks American IPA with the Malt extract packet also. I have done everything as instructed and the SG reading is alot 

lower than its supposed to be. The website says it should be around 1.012 and for the last 2 days i am getting 1.002. My original gravity was 1.040 at the start. Have i ruined it? or is it still ok to bottle? I have no clue at this point? Any help would be great, thanks. 

 

Steve...  

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Hello Steve and welcome to the group.

I hope you are aware you got yourself into a rabbit hole when you started brewing 🙂 

Yes, it is a pretty low reading. Even when using dextrose it should come out as 1.008. It was the 1.2kg liquid malt extract you used right?

I don't think the beer is bad, it'll just have a fair bit more ABV, if your readings are correct.  I'd still bottle it and see. 

 

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Sounds like there's an error somewhere, maybe the hydrometer is leaking and taking on liquid, causing it to sink lower than it should. 

Have you tried tasting and smelling the beer? It's unlikely but infection/wild yeast can also cause it to ferment lower than it's expected to. 

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Hi thanks for the reply, 

Yes that is correct the 1.2KG liquid malt extract. I have tasted it and it does not taste bad so that's a bonus haha. \

Yes i am starting to become aware of how much is involved but I am excited to learn. 

Thanks again i will still bottle it and see how it goes. 

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I doubt it's ruined if the smell and sample tastes ok, but the FG is not right. Test your hydrometer in water, it should read 1.000. If it reads above or below that, that's how far out your OG and FG readings are.

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The old rule of thumb, if it tastes good then bottle it and give it a go 🙂

But as Lab Rat said, test the hydrometer in water. My first hydrometer had a leak and got water in it causing the reading to read lower than it really was. 

Welcome to the group and rabbit hole! 

Mitch. 

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Well the OG sounds about right assuming the batch was made to 23 litres? The FG is way too low for an all malt brew though. Perhaps this reading was the point that it began taking on liquid. I had one do it a number of years ago too, couldn't figure out initially why all my OG readings were under target 😂

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