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Old 07-01-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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I brewed an OLD ale as my second beer on saturday OG 1.076 . I went out that night and got home and saw a bubble and got excited. I wake up the next morning and Im laying in bed, why dont I hear a bubble?, I thought. I look at my carboy and beer is flooded through the airlock and fermentation went crazy through the night. I ran to Lowes and bought some tubing to run from the carboy to a glass of water. Fermentation activity was fast for the next couple days. It quickly slowed down afterwards. So now on wednesday i get a bubble every minute and that seems WAY to slow for being not even a week in. So I take a gravity reading and I get 1.020. And Im like... what????already???

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It was a partial mash extract brew
I used Safeale S04 dry yeast
Fermentation temp was a little high 76 degrees

I took a sip from the hydrometer tube and it wasnt disgusting but not all that great either. Malty and yeasty.

Any insight?

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Old 07-01-2010, 12:54 AM   #2
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Fermentation temp was a little high 76 degrees
Is that air temperature, or beer temperature? Either way it's high, but if it's the ambient then the bulk of fermentation probably happened at 80-85°F. It could easily finish in four days if it got that warm.
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:58 AM   #3
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temp is too high...it makes it ferment too fast and taste "off"....try to stay in the 60's

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That was air temp but the I took a beer temp from the hydrometer tube and it was close to that also. It looks like I need a fermentation chamber or keep the carboy on ice because I cant keep my house cooled like an ice box

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Those temps and that yeast would finish fast. Just try to let it sit for a few more weeks at a stable, warmish temperature and it could clean up a little, but it's a live and learn type of thing. Though any beer at this age will be yeasty. The "malty" is probably the yeast character.

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s04 is a fairly fast yeast, so yes, it could finish in 4 days at that temp

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I once had an S-04 bubble on for over 2 weeks on an ESB, but that was at around 63F and a 1.045 wort. If it was that warm its probably already done, and will need some cold conditioning to smooth it out a bit.

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