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Old 11-07-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default Finishing Gravity TOO HIGH!

I have had my newest IPA in the secondary for a week, (in primary for 8 days) and the FG reading is 1.030 when it's supposed to be 1.010-1.017. What should i do??? Do i pitch more yeast, if so how much and how long after do i let it sit before bottling??



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Old 11-07-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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well there is 3 things I can think of that would cause this:

1. your not taking tempeture into account when doing your gravity readings

2. Your yeast can't handle the alcohol content of your beer, then you should maybe throw a wine yeast to finish it off.

3. Or the sugars left that are to complex for the yeast to break down, in which case throw in some beano to bring down the sugar content and bring up the abv.

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Old 11-07-2009, 06:51 PM   #3
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What kind of yeast did you use and what is the temperature at on the secondary?

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Old 11-07-2009, 07:31 PM   #4
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I used Safale #S-04 Dry Yeast. The temp in the secondary runs from 68-72 degrees depending on the time of day.

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Starting gravity and OG when you moved it to secondary?

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The real problem is that you shouldn't have moved to secondary if fermentation wasn't complete or at least mostly complete. Secondary fermentation is a bit of a misnomer. Secondaries are really for clearing the beer or adding things like fruit or dry hops.

You may have to re-pitch to get it down to where you want. What was your starting gravity?

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I moved it to the secondary after a week because i dry hopped it. The fermentation was nearly non existent when i moved it. The starting gravity was 1.061. If i re-pitch how much do i use and when can i bottle it after i re-pitch? And, is it nessecary to re-pitch? Is this gonna eff my beer up?

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you have to trust your hydrometer, not visible signs. it is a common mistake.
especially with a higher gravity beer, the move to a secondary vessel should only be made after 2-4 days of hydrometer readings that are all the same. even then, there are biological processes going on that can be halted by racking to secondary.

if you learn to use the hydrometer and allow extra time in the primary vessel for yeast clean up and settling, you will take your beer's quality to a much higher level. it is one of the easist things you can do to improve your brewing.

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Anybody? What can i do to solve this issue?

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You could rehydrate a packet of the same yeast and repitch. But you could also just leave it by and it will probably finish up, just more slowly. If you're dry hopping, you might want to repitch to speed things up.



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