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Old 08-12-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default Am I ready to bottle?

It's been 15 days since I pitched my yeast and the gravity readings are perfect and I seem like I'm ready to bottle.
My only question is there is still kind of a film of yeast on the top of my beer. It looks kind of like an oil slick with little pockets of yeast. Should I let it keep sitting until this all clears up and the yeast sinks or is fine to siphon into my bottling bucket and bottle condition this batch?

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Old 08-12-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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By "perfect", do you mean the gravity has stopped changing? If it's been static for a couple days, then fermentation is done, at least.

Were it my batch, I'd give it another week to clean up a bit. But if you're in a rush, you can probably go ahead and bottle.

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Old 08-12-2011, 07:27 PM   #3
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Sorry, yeah what I mean by "perfect" is that I took a reading after 8 days (1.011) and now 15 days (1.011) and they are exactly the same.
My OG was 1.051 and my FG is 1.011.

When I took a sample out for measuring its very clear and taste great. My only concern is the slight film still on top. Will this clear out if I leave it in for another week?

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Dont worry about the film and put it in bottles.

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What strain of yeast and temp. Some take much longer to flocculate and fall to the bottom.

Give it a gentle shake or swirl and see if that doesn't knock it down. Sometimes co2 in the beer will keep the yeast floating.

It's a big deal and you could certainly bottle it now but ideally you let the yeast settle out so you don't have huge chunks in the bottles.

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I used SafAle S-04 at 68degrees. Giving it a gentle knock and swirl some of the larger yeast clumps did start to settle.

(It's a Hophead Pale Ale)

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The film isn't really an issue, so you're good to bottle if you want. I'd personally leave it in primary for another week so the the beer can condition a little longer, but it's your call. Bottling is certainly safe since your FG is stable.

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