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Old 11-05-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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I brewed 3 beers on October 11th.
An Oaked Porter, a Brown, and a Pumpkin Ale.
They were sitting in my temperature controlled freezer at 68 degrees up until Sunday. Most of the activity in each carboy had died down enough for me to feel good about moving them over to secondary with about 7 or 8 days.
The temps around here dipped pretty low for about a week or so causing the temps in the freezer to fall (after the primary activity was complete).
So, I thought that I would be best served bringing them inside to see if the yeast got a bit lazy due to the cooler temps.
Since they have been inside, I notice there is a VERY small amount of activity going on within each carboy. A very thin layer of bubbles along the edge of the top of the beer (very fine bubbles - they would be difficult to photograph).
I am wondering if I should let them sit a bit longer in the house.
I've never noticed this before and think that I may be looking at the things a little too seriously.
Problem is... I have 7 batches in primary/secondary that need to be bottled before my baby boy is born. I only have about 3 weeks. I need to get moving.
Whatcha think?

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Old 11-05-2008, 11:42 PM   #2
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have you taken a gravity reading of them?

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Old 11-05-2008, 11:53 PM   #3
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have you taken a gravity reading of them?
+1!

Best way to know.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:03 AM   #4
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Agreed. I've been a very lazy guy over the last 6 months.
Nope... nada... not even an OG.

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Old 11-06-2008, 02:15 AM   #5
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My last beer was brewed on !0/25 and it's ready to bottle now on 11/5 so I would think yours is MORE than ready.

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Old 11-06-2008, 03:52 AM   #6
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I'm sure they're fine - after more than 4 weeks I doubt they will get done any more.

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I am sure they are done as well but it doesn't hurt to take a gravity reading just to see where you are at.

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Old 11-06-2008, 05:16 PM   #8
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"Stuff!? STUFF!?" Why I outta take a mash paddle to ya..... never refer to homebrew as Stuff ... Stuff is that smelly crap between your toes when you Bivouac for a week ..... JEEZE ...









now that I am calmer did you take a hydro reading?

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Old 11-06-2008, 05:30 PM   #9
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I would take a gravity reading. The small amount of bubbles is probably co2 coming out of solution as the beer warms up.

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