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Old 02-27-2007, 10:49 PM   #1
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I have a stout that has been sitting in secondary for 2 weeks. There are still many tiny bubble clusters on the top and the gravity hasn't dropped at all since I racked it is at 1.02. I know I should wait but I am running low on bottled beer and I am getting pretty freaked about that. I don't know what I will do if I run out - I don't want to think about it. I do plan to brew this weekend. Can I throw beano in or I don't know what but is there anything I can do to get my beer in a bottle quicker?

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Old 02-27-2007, 10:52 PM   #2
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whats the target FG?

are the bubbles just floating on top or are they moving up like it's still fermenting?

I'm not too clear on this so don't take my word 100% but the gravity shouldn't change in the clearing tank should it? unless you racked too early...

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Old 02-27-2007, 10:54 PM   #3
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I may have racked too early. Gravity was stable but it still had these little bubbles when I racked.

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Old 02-27-2007, 10:58 PM   #4
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I'd say just bottle it. Gravities are really only there to stress you out. I take them as general guidelines as opposed to strict rules. If its at 1.020, and has been for 2 weeks, I'd say its not going anywhere anyway. So maybe it won't have quite the alcohol you wanted, but you'll have plenty of malty goodness. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 02-27-2007, 11:11 PM   #5
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yeah it tastes good and I am pretty sure it wont drop I just don't know about the bubbles. It was also my first attempt at a mini mash. With smoked grains and a pound or oats.

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If the gravity's been the same for more than a few days you're ready to bottle. Don't wory bout the little bubbles. Probably just some CO2 in solution. Whenever I'm getting close to bottling time I take a couple of gravity readings a few days apart and then bottle if it's stable. Say check on weds and fri and bottle on saturday.

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Old 02-28-2007, 12:22 AM   #7
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What was the OG? I have a stout in the secondary for the third week now, it started at 1.062 and it finished at 1.017. You may have alot of unfermentables.

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Old 02-28-2007, 12:29 AM   #8
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You may have alot of unfermentables.

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I think I may. It started at 1.054 something like that - dont have the sheet in front of me. Is there anything I can still do or should I just bottle it?
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Mine has another 3 weeks of aging left (total of 8 weeks old then) before I bottle it up. Hope it tastes good!

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Mine has another 3 weeks of aging left (total of 8 weeks old then) before I bottle it up. Hope it tastes good!

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I guess that is the other option it may taste better if it sits longer. But then again I may end up without beer for a while.
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