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Old 06-16-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Witbier Fermentation Schedule

Hi all,

Brewed a wit last wednesday and it seems to have finished fermenting. Our original plan was to leave it 2 weeks in primary and go straight to bottles. We want to reuse the yeast cake and the only opporunity to brew would put us bottling after only 9 days. Is this rushing it way too much or do you think it'll work?

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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Simply answered with another question: What does your hydrometer say?

If you've flatlined - i.e., if you've observed successive like readings - the beer has finished fermenting, and it's safe to transfer/package it.

You'll get many different opinions as to whether or not it's a good idea to rack it for a little while. Some think it's wise to rack it to a carboy to bulk-age and let the flavors meld a little bit. I think witbier is best consumed as young as possible, rough edges and all, so I say package it. Your mileage may vary.

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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Two weeks is probably about right... belgian yeast can be stubborn and stay in suspension longer. Once its bottled/kegged you'll want to wait like another 3-4 weeks before drinking any...

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Old 06-17-2008, 10:44 PM   #4
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Belgian yeast can be stubborn and stay in suspension longer.
Fortunately, clarity is not an issue with Witbier. At least, it shouldn't be an issue; any beer that heavy on wheat and oats will be turbid. Traditionally and stylistically that's okay!

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