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Old 08-15-2005, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hi,
well, this is my first post, and probably my 5th or 6th batch.... i brewed a stout late friday (a guiness clone) pitched the yeast before i went to sleep and by morning things were raging and bubbling and generally looking good. i opened up the fermenter to take a look saturday evening, had a nice firm head forming, temp was 78 degrees F and i was pleased, until sunday afternoon that is - i think the yeast have stalled out considerably, the airlock bubbles only about once every 25-30 seconds now and i'm getting a little worried, and the batch reached at least 82 degrees. i've put it in a cooler place and its since dropped back down to 78, tho i'd like to get it cooler still.
i guess my question is, do you think this batch is a goner? is there any way to re-envigorate the yeast, or could i pitch another package in there without worrying? and more the point, any ideas why this happenned? was it just the heat or should i have not openned up the ferment bucket?
thanks in advance for any help/advice,
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Old 08-15-2005, 01:02 PM   #2
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Take an SG reading if you can...could be your fermentation is almost done.

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Old 08-15-2005, 01:34 PM   #3
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really? in 2 days? i don't have the numbers on hand right now (at work) but its a 5 gallon batch with over 6 lbs of extract + the grain/malt...
not that i don't believe you, this is my first go at a batch of stout.

and just to add some info, i just used the dry yeast that came in the kit

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With a fermentation temp that high, it is likely that it is done already. Like Pistolero said, take a gravity reading. I think you'll find that it has completed fermentation.

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Great! thanks guys, you've eased my mind for the day
I'll check it as soon as i get home and with a little luck i'll get to rack it and maybe even start a new batch of something else. does anyone use corny kegs as a secondary? I've got a couple 'extra' for a few weeks (until i can get more beer brewed) and was thinking the SS would be perfect and i could just use some hose and a milk jug as a make shift airlock.

I'll update the thread tomorrow or later tonight with an SG reading if the yeast are still as slow as they were yesterday.
thanks again!
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:17 PM   #6
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alright! skipped outta work a little early to check things out
SG's all the way down to 1.018 (at 74 degrees now), so i'm thinking its time to rack it....sound about right?

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Some will say now, some will say wait a couple more days. I say...Just feel the beer kneemoe. You'll know what to do

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LOL, it tastes about right -na-na-na-na (for an unaged beer)
thanks a bunch for the helping hand
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I say rack it. You'll get another short round of fermentation in secondary and the gravity should drop a touch more. Bottle or keg when you get around 1.010 or so.

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Whats the FG supposed to be? It is a stout, so 1.018 could be right on the money...just depends on the recipe.

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