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Old 09-30-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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I know the rule of thumb is to rack your beer to the secondary after 1 week. This is the first time ive used the liquid wyeast and im still getting a bubble in my airlock once every 4 seconds. Its been exacly one week, shoud I put it in the secondary tonight?

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Old 10-01-2005, 01:36 AM   #2
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I'd probably let it go longer in the primary. Let the bubbles slow down a bit. Has it got a good layer of sediment formed now ? If so, it might be time to rack. All mine bubbled occasionally at the end of the week. Never had one like that. Don't worry. Somebody else will post soon.

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Old 10-01-2005, 01:39 AM   #3
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I always wait until the bubbles slow down to < 1 per minute. But that's just me. Or maybe it's a lot of people...

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That sounds about right with what I've been doing, but I've never had one so active after a week in the primary. What was your OG, OWM ?

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I usually let it go until the kreusen falls no matter what style it is.

I also do not take any readings until I am ready to rack to the secondary. No sense in getting in there too many times.

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Glad you checked in, Bill. I humbly defer to your advice and reccommend that Other White Meat follow it.

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I think im going to let it go a few more days. I havent cracked the lid to look at it or take any readings yet. I was just concerned becuase i read another person saying its not good to leave your beer sitting on the trub too long. Tell me not to worry and ill be fine.

Heres some spacifics on the beer:

American Pale ale
.5lb steeped grain
6lbs dme
3 diffrent hops
wyeast

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Too long on the trub is like 4 weeks...don't worry, be happy, have a brew.

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Don't worry, you'll be fine. The beauty of what we do is that you can drink your mistakes. Nobody's gotta know. In truth, I've never made a bad beer. Some were just better than others. Keep on brewin' !

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Thanks guys. And pistol, havin a brew on you, although its a Michelob pumpkin ale. Unfortunutly I dont have any homebrew ready. I bought an assorted box that just hit the store.

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