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I started a batch of skeeter this morning and my SG was 1.03, I started to add more sugar but decided to ask someone first. Anyway, I got side tracked for a couple of hours then took another reading and now it is 1.06. The owner of the web-site for the recipe stated that he shot for a S.G. 1.07. I'm still low a little but will it come up? I guess what I need to know is how long after mixing do you wait before taking your first reading?
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Cowboy, did you use sugar water to up your sg? You should be able to take a reading immediately. Add enough simple syrup now to hit your sg target. It's not too late to add it.
 

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Cowboy, did you use sugar water to up your sg? You should be able to take a reading immediately. Add enough simple syrup now to hit your sg target. It's not too late to add it.
yea, I used sugar water. I couldn't understand why I got such a increase in SG in only an hour or so.
I did take it as soon as I added the sugar water and the chemicals and got 1.03 an hour or so later I took it again and it was 1.06!
 

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when you mixed your sugar did you use boiling water to get the sugar dissolved or just cold water if so this would make a difference
 

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Im betting you are stirring this in with a paddle by hand! You really should get a drill mounted stirrer like the Fizz X. This is common when stirring by hand.
 

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when you mixed your sugar did you use boiling water to get the sugar dissolved or just cold water if so this would make a difference
No, it was not boiling water but I simmered it for 30 minutes so it was close I'm sure.
 

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Im betting you are stirring this in with a paddle by hand! You really should get a drill mounted stirrer like the Fizz X. This is common when stirring by hand.
YEA , I stirred by hand
 

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Not all sugar gets disolved immediately. Take a reading and aim slightly low. Then hours later stir and check again. Often it will have climbed a bit and if you did aim low you may be right on. If not you can ad a bit more.

One thing about making wine is many areas can be a little forgiving.
 

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Not all sugar gets disolved immediately. Take a reading and aim slightly low. Then hours later stir and check again. Often it will have climbed a bit and if you did aim low you may be right on. If not you can ad a bit more.

One thing about making wine is many areas can be a little forgiving.
ok thanks djrockinsteve, I can see there is alot to learn, I actually thought this wine making was going to be an easy hobby, not so sure now. lol
 

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