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Old 01-11-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Hi All,

So, I am doing 2 brews right now, a Belgian Wit, and a pale ale.

Question 1:

I started the Wit 2 weeks ago today, and it still seems to be fermenting away in my primary. (things moving around in there quite a bit, and the chunks are orange peels) Temperature has been around 64 - 66, with the occasional dip down to 62ish and up to 68ish. (When I first put the wort in my carboy, I put it in the basement which was a tad bit too cold (58 - 60) so nothing happened for the first 24 hours. I moved it up to a higher floor, and things started moving. I am hoping it will start to finish up here!

Here are some pictures, does everything look "normal"? I had a original gravity of 1.054.




Question 2:

The pale ale was in the primary for days, and all fermentation seemed to stop. The kraeusen disappeared, with just a little bit of foam on top. (lots of sediment on the bottom). I racked it too my secondary. My original gravity was 1.050, and when I racked it into the secondary it was 1.012. Now for my question, I am noticing these small white dots that look like foam with small bubbles in it. Any idea what this could be? Infection, last gasp of fermentation? If I slightly move the carboy, to let the beer move around some, it would appear the little white "dots" separate a little, almost like soap in water. I have a nice layer of sediment on the bottom of the carboy, so a lot of things have fallen out of suspension.

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Thanks for your time. Hopefully my pale ale is OK! Hoping to keg it on Friday for drinking on Sunday!

Kimo

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Old 01-11-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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Looks great! Don't fret, probably just yeast clumps. It's VERY hard to get infections in your beer.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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It all looks good to me....

The pale may not be at it's best if u keg fri and drink Sunday.... But so long as u don't kick the keg on Sunday at least you'll get a chance to taste it as it ages over a couple weeks...

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Old 01-11-2011, 02:21 PM   #4
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The Wit looks awesome.....I can't wait to brew one again. As for the pale I noticed the same thing on a pale I brewed and it I was just little bubbles collecting on the top.

Krausens are like snowflakes or something.

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Looks great. Any idea where I can get that awsome stick-on beer thermometer you have?

Mine if for aquariums, and the range isn't the best.

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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/testing-measuring/thermometers/fermometer.html
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Should have mentioned I'm a canadian. They don't seem to ship to us up north.

Any fellow canucks can share where (if even) this is available in Canada?
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I use aquarium thermometers available at pet shops. They range from 64 to 86, and cost about $2 a piece. They aren't the most accurate, but they give a rough idea. I also use an aquarium heater in a plastic tote to control my temps.

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Looks good to me. Good job!

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Spencer is great.. go to him first.

http://www.homebrewgearcanada.com/Digital-Stick-On-Thermometer?keyword=thermometer&category_id=0

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