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Old 05-01-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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I have a Dreadnaught clone brewed. It has been fermenting about 10 days. 65-68 degrees. I checked gravity today & it was 1.060 started at 1.102 I used the so4 two packages. As the recipe called for. Is this normal fermentation or should I be concerned. I was gonna tranfer to secondary in 14 then dry hop another 14. Any ideas? Cheers

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Old 05-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Probably fine. For a beer that big. I'd def leave it in primary at least 3-4 weeks (and personally I'd dry hop right in primary and not bother with secondary).

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Probably fine. For a beer that big. I'd def leave it in primary at least 3-4 weeks (and personally I'd dry hop right in primary and not bother with secondary).
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I have a Dreadnaught clone brewed.
No ideas here, but would you mind posting your recipe?
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You could raise the temp to speed up fermentation and make sure that yeast doesn't drop out as it is prone to dropping early. At this stage it won't effect your ester profile.

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Old 05-01-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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Love Dreadnaught, though Zombie dust is my new favorite IPA type from them

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So nobody thinks it's weird that S04 has only chewed through .040 in ten days?!?! It's been rapacious the two times I used it.

As for a big beer, I just made a barleywine at 1.102 and WLP099 took it down to 1.022 in four days.

That being said, I don't think there's much to be done beyond (as Tarheel pointed out) raising your fermentation temp. It's not uncommon to let it rise to 70-71 to get a bit more enthusiasm from the yeast.

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I would have expected it to ferment more than it has in ten days, but I don't quite think it's cause for concern yet.

Overall though I will say I wouldn't personally choose S-04 for a beer like this. S-04 is not very attenuative and flocs out too early.

Best bet at this point is to wait a few more days then check SG. If it's decreasing leave it alone. If it's not, swirl the yeast back into suspension and raise the temp a few degrees.

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Thanks for posts. I will see if I can post a recipe. I found it in BYO clone recipe mag. I've never done a beer this big so all info helps. Thanks

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Old 05-01-2012, 11:33 PM   #10
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Probably not the place but here's the recipe I used.

5 gal
Boil 6.5 gal
Time 90
Grain 17.5
OG 1.097
FG 1.030
SRM 7.2


2 row 16.25lbs
Melanoidin 1.25

Warrior .53 60min
Simcoe .62 60min
Centennial .72 45min
Centennial .72 30min
Cascade 1.6 15min
Irish Moss 15min
Yeast nutrient 15min
Dry hop Cascade 1.5 7-14 Days.
Wyeast 1968
(I used so4 because its the equivalent in dry to 1968)

Sparge Target says 159 but I found that high should be 152-154 in my opinion I had to add a cup n half to hit gravity of DME. Sparge 170

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