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Old 19-06-2017, 05:30 PM   #11
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Hi Daz, and welcome from Sheffield.
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Old 19-06-2017, 05:37 PM   #12
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I'm guilty as hell for not using a hydrometer, I use it now and again maybe 1 in every 4 or brews and only to test OG
I do use an airlock however which to me is a good indicator of how things are going. I'v been brewing a long time and I just kind of know when or if its ready, always give 3 weeks in primary too.
If i'm doing a simple beer like the cerveza ( lawnmower beer ) then I let it sit in the keg for a week cold then add gelatin to get it really clear, then carb up and enjoy
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Old 19-06-2017, 05:38 PM   #13
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Also...I can't say there are many home brewers who learn how to keg first !
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Old 19-06-2017, 06:53 PM   #14
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I'm guilty as hell for not using a hydrometer, I use it now and again maybe 1 in every 4 or brews and only to test OG
I do use an airlock however which to me is a good indicator of how things are going. I'v been brewing a long time and I just kind of know when or if its ready, always give 3 weeks in primary too.
If i'm doing a simple beer like the cerveza ( lawnmower beer ) then I let it sit in the keg for a week cold then add gelatin to get it really clear, then carb up and enjoy
Me too, I haven't used a hydrometer for so long but I plan to as my AG brews need some sort of recording.
I usually don't bother as the kit tells you what the abv will be roughly but I want to know now if I'm drinking a 3.5% beer or a 7% monster
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Old 19-06-2017, 06:59 PM   #15
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@PM67 & Pawlo7671 I also very rarely use a hydromer to check whether beer has finished, although I do use one to work out the attenuation of the yeast (and therefore the ABV%) as I'm interested in that. After a while you kind of know what a finished beer looks like. But for a new brewer like the OP I would highly recommend taking three consecutive hydrometer readings after two weeks to make sure he doesnt get gushers/bottle bombs. In the words of someone who I cant remember who said them, 'you need to know the rules to break them'
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Couldn't agree more, when first starting out its essential,probably giving out the wrong message on this thread 🤐
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Old 19-06-2017, 07:21 PM   #17
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I always take Hydrometer readings mainly to get a realistic ABV%, but seeing as I use a brew fridge the beer (held at a constant temp) is always done after 2 weeks, I never take readings to see when its finished I can tell by how it looks.
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I only take hydrometer readings on OG and after I package not before as experience tells me when its finished,kegged one today after 9 days and the Finished gravity after kegging told me 1008 abv 5.8% and attenuation of 84% good enough for me
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I always take a hydrometer test for the OG, I think if you're doing AG unless you have identical results every time which you may I think its very handy to take one. I usually take one about a week to 10 days later to see where it ended up.. I dont take several to see if it finished just to see where the yeast ended up thats all.. I have a pretty good idea if its finished or not..

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cheers for the replies everyone..

this one made me smile..from Pawlo7671
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Also...I can't say there are many home brewers who learn how to keg first !
yeah I always do things back to front.. I'm a bit special (plus I still can't do that right either )

so I have read everything, and looked at the link from chippy_tea which was awesome, just to make sure I've understood correctly (as stated above I'm a bit special )...

- I don't need an airlock
- I don't need a hydrometer
- I shouldn't use normal sugar

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- Do I close the lid and make sure its tight shut so nothing can get in or out or place it on the top so it can breath and not explode if I'm not using an airlock?
- I guess I don't need an hydrometer but you all recommend I get one anyway? (to be honest there is no point me asking that, I'm gonna just get one, there are cheap enough)
- So I can nip in wilko (I might as well go there I walk past it everyday on my way to work.. I'm miles away from an home brew shop) and buy some brewing sugar?

I've seen people also add brew enhancer... is this something I should buy too or don't I really need it just yet.
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