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Old 05-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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I just brewed this up 9 days ago.

16 pound two row
1/2 special B
1/2 biscuit
1/2 aromatic
1/2 caramunich
1.25 chinook at 75
1.25 chinook at 45
1.00 chinook at 2
1.00 chinook at 1

OG = 1.075

pitched two packs of rehydrated notty and fermented at 65 degrees
After 3 days she was done, FG = 1.015.

So I threw in the one ounce chinook dry hop on day 4 and it has been at resting every since on the primary cake.

So my question is this, I know it is a big beer, but could it possibly be ready for the bottle after just two weeks? I am thinking so... I may bottle it this weekend on day 14...the fermentation was so fast and healthy.

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Old 05-18-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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That seems really fast, but if the hydro says 1.015 on day 14 as well, then I would bottle. If the hydro reading has changed more than a point or two on day 14, I would give it another week, just in case.

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Old 05-18-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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Very simple. If your hydrometer reading today says 1.015 again, it's done. If it says lower, take a reading day after tomorrow. If it's the same, it's done.

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The beer is certainly done, there is not doubt about that. It was the fastest fermentation I have ever witnessed of a beer that big. yeast nutrient, oxygen, and a ton of yeast. They did there job in a hurry, that is for sure. I think 11 days is adequate time to clean up after themselves. I will likely bottle on day 14.

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My rule of thumb is, stable hydrometer reading, yeast starting to flocculate=beer done. The yeast are done cleaning up when they start to drop out, after all, they are not doing anything when they are pancaked on the bottom of the fermenter.

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My rule of thumb is, stable hydrometer reading, yeast starting to flocculate=beer done. The yeast are done cleaning up when they start to drop out, after all, they are not doing anything when they are pancaked on the bottom of the fermenter.
The yeast are flocced out completely, that is for sure. I have a very clear beer already. It was crazy how cleanly, and with such speed that this ale fermented. The only thing close to this that I ever saw was when I racked 1.095 OG RIS onto a pacman cake with nutrient. It was down to 1.018 after 3 days and starting to clear. These yeasts act very similar...notty and pacman.
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Bottle it!

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Old 05-18-2010, 09:05 PM   #8
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i am really excited abou this beer, I have never even had the the orignal bastard, so I won't even be able to tell if my clone is close, but I will be able to tell if it is tasty or not....I am sure it will be great.

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The recipe looks great, so I'm sure you'll be close!

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You will be really close!!!

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