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  1. BOB357

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    That is a possibility too, but you'd think he'd notice liquid inside it.
    I probably didn't explain it well in my first response but I figured if his thermometer was reading 4 or 5 degrees high he may have passed the lower end of conversion temps, since he read 146. Also possible that he was reading a hot spot in the mash. Either way, I would think, there had to have been measuring error(s) involved.
     
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    Yeah. I'd been lurking in the thread but was starting to see all kinds of wild guesses so thought I'd chime in. It has to be measurement error. Even below 146, there would have been conversion. Even uncrushed, there would have been conversion. If he'd accidentally used a non base malt instead of two-row, it would have steeped more than 0.005 points out of the gravity. Basically, there is no way to get only 1.005 out of 12 pounds of malt in a five-gallon batch under the conditions described..
     
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    This reeks of measurement error. Even if absolutely no conversion took place, the dextrin sugars from the Crystal malt would have accounted for more than .005 increase in gravity.
     
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    Yes it is, Florida Natural Spring Water
     
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    The Hydrometer is brand new. Is there any easy way to quickly test the Hydrometer??
     
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    Test it in water. It should read 1.000 in distilled water and very close to that in tap water.
     
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    There is this additional detail than it might add something else to the equation, grains were packed and stored on a dark dried place for about nine months.

    Bottle beer for carbonation two weeks at about 18 C
     
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    Your best bet brew again brother read the how to brew book bu Mr Palmer.
    Mashing is pretty easy aim for dead set in middle of sac rest wait an hour stir a time or two throughout the mash and gee you should get atleast a 65% mash efficiency.
    Good luck be sure to post your results.
     
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