From the HBD Archive
From: Paul Bigelow <bigelow@hppad>
Subject: S.G. and other novice questions
Date: 1989-12-14 14:05:43 GMT

Bryan Hilterbrand writes:
> Papazian showed the starting S.G. for this style to be 1.070 to 1.090,
> but the S.G. of my brew came out to about 1.043.

I had exactly this problem last weekend while brewing "Super Stout"
from the Reese book "Better Beer and How to Brew It".
Starting S.G. should have been above 1.050, but it was 1.027, below
the expected finishing point of 1.030.

The problem was fixed quite simply with a spoon and a quick stir.
Turns out the sparge water was sitting on top of the wort in the
carboy and it just needed a little encouragement to mix in.

Paul Bigelow

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