Gravity went UP during secondary fermentation??

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  1. Huff

    Huff New Member

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    Hi Folks,

    So it seems like my hydrometer reading when I racked from primary to secondary read 1.011 and then from secondary to keg my reading was like 1.013 or so. Is this possible? I can safely say in 5-6 years of homebrewing this has never happened to me. Seems like this wouldn't be possible but wondering if anyone knows anything about this or has experience with it?

    thanks!
     
  2. Nosybear

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    Yep, particularly if there was unfermented sugars or haze in the beer. Also, kegging means cooling to around 32 degrees so if you measured the samples at different temperatures, that could have caused it as well.
     
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    The specific gravity of water reaches a maximum at 4 °C (39 F). Specific gravity will increase approximately 2 points when cooling from 20 °C to 4 °C (68 to 39).
     
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    I second each of the comments above. Also, you could have a bad hydrometer. Have you checked it recently?
     

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