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Offline Brewmaster5150

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Late hydrometer readings?
« on: May 30, 2012, 08:42:46 PM »
Does anyone know if it is possible to get an accurate hydrometer reading without the initial wort reading?  I broke my hydrometer while cooking but bought a new one today.  My brew is 5 days into fermentation and looking great but I would love to know what % it really is in the end.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Late hydrometer readings?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2012, 06:33:32 AM »
When it's done, you could take a reading, and say you got 1.012.  You could use the typical attenuation range of the yeast, say 73%, and back into the expected OG.  If that was in sync with your recipe forecast, and your typical success rate of hitting your recipe forecast, it would be close. 

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Re: Late hydrometer readings?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012, 01:12:06 PM »
Thanks for the response!  I'll look in to that.  BeerSmith calculated it at 4.9% so I'm going to assume that's close enough.  This is a Real Root Beer recipe so it's not supposed to be super potent.  How has BeerSmith been on accuracy for you guys?