Originally Posted by trey23
Thanks for the timely response. I didn't know that is should not take the entire lid off when i was testing the FG???? Lesson learned, hopefully not the hard way. I did not use a colander, but will utilize a cheese cloth around the bottom of the siphon when i transfer into the bottling bucket. Colander makes a lot more sense. Should i allow the beer to settle for another week prior to bottling? I think i like this home brew thing. Thanks a lot for your help.
I don't understand- of course you take the lid off to check the SG. How else would you do it?
Just gently put the lid back on once you take your sample.
Your FGs are perfect!
I don't use a colander or strain my wort. The "stuff" does settle down to the bottom. Do not use cheesecloth or something, as that is more likely to clog your siphon and aerate your beer. Just rack from above the crud, and try not to suck stuff hop.
Let it sit for another week or so, and then rack to the bottling bucket. Another thing that really helps make the floaters fall to the bottom is putting the fermenter in a cold place for a day or two. That's called "cold crashing" and it works great! Try that to get the stuff to compact tightly to the bottom, to make the beer more clear and to have less stuff to try to avoid when racking.