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Old 01-08-2007, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default What has been your Hefeweizen fermentation time?

As the title says... "What has been your Hefeweizen fermentation time?"

I am currently brewing a honey hefeweizen (started last weekend dec. 31st). It started fermentation about 8 - 10 hours after pitching yeast... about 18 hours later the krausen was bubbling out of the airlock. Replaced the airlock with a blowoff tube and left it in till today (sunday - 1 week later). I checked the gravity and it came out at 1.030 (OG was 1.050) and frementing at about 64 to 68 degrees. I shook the bottle to get it going again and currently bubbling at 5 to 6 bubbles per minute.

I read somewhere that it can take up to 14 days for a wheat beer for fermentation to complete, so I was wondering what everyones average fermentaion is?

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Old 01-08-2007, 02:20 AM   #2
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I brew HWs a lot, but I dont ever rush them so I don't know the minimum amount of time, but I will say that you can bottle them within a week since you don't need to put them in the secondary.

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So once fermentation is done you go straight to bottle?!

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So once fermentation is done you go straight to bottle?!
Yep you don't need to wait for it to clear in 2ndary, it's a HW. If you are using honey in your recipe then give it a good 2 weeks in the primary to make sure the honey ferments out.
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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I made a hefe with honey a couple months ago and it took a few weeks to ferment completely. My other hefe took about a week to finish.

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cool... thanks for the advice!

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Bizarrely my hefes take between 20-25 days to ferment out using WLP300. As far as I know i'm alone in this experience, perhaps i'm fermenting too cold (18 -20C ish)

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The one I just made sat in primary for 10 days. It still had krausen when I kegged. The alcohol content is pretty low and the unfermented is pretty high. So you don't get buzzed, but you do get GFH (gas from hell).

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I've only done one hefe (but two wits). The hefe that I did was racked onto an existing cake from a wit I had just racked off of it. Yes, it was still a hefe - the wit had a mix of hefe and wit yeasts. Anyway, lag time was ridiculous, like 45 minutes. Didn't even have time to finish aeration! Fermentation took off, no blowoff though, and it was done in less than 2 days. Went from 1.051 to 1.012. One of my fastest ferments yet. And one of my best beers yet!

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Yea since I dont do a secondary with my Hefes, I usually let it go about 10-12 days in the primary and then straight to keg. And the yeast on the bottom of my keg once its blown is minimal.

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