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Old 03-30-2011, 12:08 AM   #1
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I brewed up a Scotch Ale on 3/13/11. fermentation started that night and went strong for about 24hours before slowing.
On 3/16/11 fermentation seemed to stop all together gravity was at 1.042. 3/18/11 = 1.042
3/20/11 = 1.042.
3/23/11 I started a yeast starter of 4 cups water and 2 cups amber dry extract added yeast and it went fermented but never went crazy. no thick layer of foam on top.
3/26/11 i pitched this into my carboy. the first 2 days activity was slow. today it seems to have stopped again. Gravity is at 1.041 - 1.042. it does not seem to have changed much at all, not what i was looking for.
I never got a thick layer of anything on top just a thin covering in the first 24 hours. and now just some patches of bubbles. I used WLP028 (Edinburgh Ale Yeast).
Anyone have any ideas why it stopped fermenting. How to save it. Or if it will explode if i just bottle it up?
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What was the OG? What temp was the wort when you pitched? What is the fermenters temp now?

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Sorry forgot to post that SG was 1.068 temp was 74. It is now 70 degrees. at one point it got down to 65 in my house but that was between 3/20 and 3/23 at which point it had already stopped fermenting. I am not sure if i aerated it enough as i did not "rock the baby" as much as i usually would.

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Have there been any temp spikes or drops since the 13th?

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Old 03-30-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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How are you measuring your gravity?

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Triple scale hydrometer.

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Or if it will explode if i just bottle it up?
Bottle it and then send it to this guy:

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Is it, the hydrometer, still reading zero in distilled water? That gravity is REALLY high. I had a stuck ferment once, but it still fermented more than that. We're talking 1.095 down to 1.040 range.

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just tested the hydrometer in distilled water @ 66 degrees. reads 1.000.

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Is it, the hydrometer, still reading zero in distilled water? That gravity is REALLY high. I had a stuck ferment once, but it still fermented more than that. We're talking 1.095 down to 1.040 range.
That is why i am so confused. none of it makes sense. and my yeast starter failed.
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