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redwings0102 12-02-2010 03:47 AM

Did I just kill my beer?
 
For my second brew I decided to do Northern Brewers Bourbon Barrel Porter.

Fermentation looked to have completely stopped after 3 days. On day 5 I racked it to the secondary. It had now been over 2 weeks on the secondary and my gravity reading is 1.1.

Did or can you rack it to a secondary too early? How can I correct this? Pitch more yeast? Wait it out? Help please!

redwings0102 12-02-2010 03:47 AM

FYI - This is my first batch using a secondary. My first batch overall turned out great using only a primary.

Dogphish 12-02-2010 03:49 AM

did you mean 1.010? 1.100 is extremely high, even for a starting gravity. no way that could be your final gravity.

redwings0102 12-02-2010 03:49 AM

I have not yet added the bourbon

redwings0102 12-02-2010 03:52 AM

NO I meant 1.100. I thought it was very strange. I tasted it from my thief and it tasted okay. Fairly weak but certainly not bad.

redwings0102 12-02-2010 03:53 AM

The krausen fell and there were very little bubbles on top, No action in the airlock at all.

Dogphish 12-02-2010 03:53 AM

ok, i just figured out what's going on here... you mean 1.1% alcohol potential, which is equal to 1.015 specific gravity. your beer is doing exactly what it's supposed to do.

if potential alcohol was at 0.0, that would mean you were holding a cup of pure water.

lumpher 12-02-2010 03:56 AM

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Originally Posted by redwings0102 (Post 2445678)
NO I meant 1.100. I thought it was very strange. I tasted it from my thief and it tasted okay. Fairly weak but certainly not bad.

1.1 is extremely sweet still. i'd repitch, and at that gravity, you should have weeks of fermentation yet. it probably stuck due to the yeast struggling. that's the original gravity of a double iipa, or a barley wine.

redwings0102 12-02-2010 04:01 AM

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Originally Posted by lumpher (Post 2445690)
1.1 is extremely sweet still. i'd repitch, and at that gravity, you should have weeks of fermentation yet. it probably stuck due to the yeast struggling. that's the original gravity of a double iipa, or a barley wine.

So repitch the same yeast and let her go? Thanks I didn't know if that was possible or not. Look's like I'll be heading out for another Wyeast pack.

Dogphish 12-02-2010 04:01 AM

the reason your beer tastes weak is because it's flat. it will be fine after you bottle.

most beers finish at 1.015 SG (specific gravity), like your beer did. why didn't it go down to 1.000? because there is still unfermentable sugars dissolved in your beer. that's where the color and flavor come from.


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