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Old 06-12-2014, 11:14 AM   #1
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Doing a cream ale, My OG was 1.052, Following through the recipe after 24 days and my final gravity ends up at 1.032, recipe says it should be 1.008. I had bubbles and trub when I transferred to the secondary so I know some fermentation happened. What should I do now? Did it not ferment all the way? Here's the recipe

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S05
Yeast Starter: No
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.008
IBU: 12.3
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 5 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 at 68
Additional Fermentation: Cold conditioning
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 at 55
8 pounds maris otter
1 pound flaked corn
8 ounces biscuit malt
8 ounces carapils

1 ounces hersbrucker (60)
1/2 ounce saaz (10)
1/2 ounce saaz (flameout)

Mash at 150 for 75 minutes.

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:50 AM   #2
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Basically, I'm thinking you pulled off of primary too soon and the remaining yeast in suspension dropped out when you dropped the temperature. I'd suggest that those entire 24 days should have been spent in primary at 68F.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:05 PM   #3
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I've thought a bit about 'saving' a beer like this. I'd think you could start a scaled down 1 gallon batch of the same beer, start fermentation, and once it really starts chugging along, add the partially fermented batch in.

It seems like it should work at least as well as a normal starter.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:23 PM   #4
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Wait, what was the gravity when you transferred it to secondary? Was it 1.032? There is no way that is done.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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Are you measuring FG with a refractometer? Refractometers are not accurate when alcohol is present. You have to use a calculator (like this one: http://www.brewersfriend.com/refractometer-calculator/) to convert the reading to get the actual gravity. Hydrometers are more accurate after fermentation has begun, but a refractometer used with a conversion calculator will give you an ok estimate.

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Old 06-12-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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If all else fails, repitch new yeast

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I was using a hydrometer for the reading. It's surgary sticking so I guess just pitch more yeast?

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I would rehydrate and pitch another packet of us05. Leave alone until fg is reached. Hope it didn't pick up bacteria while sitting. It's worth a shot.


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You should you refractometer to get accurate reasult. How this device can help you? https://www.nationalmicroscope.com/w...-and-brix.html

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I don't know why it would have gotten stuck. 10 days at 68F is plenty of time for US-05 to finish up. Really 5 days should be plenty of time! Are you sure you didn't have a temperature dip in there? Anyway, before you pitch more yeast I would try warming it up to the low to mid 70s F and swirling the fermenter a little to mix some yeast off the bottom. If you don't see anything happening after that, then I would make a starter and pitch it at high krausen.

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You should you refractometer to get accurate reasult. How this device can help you? https://www.nationalmicroscope.com/w...-and-brix.html
This is not true. Hydrometers are way more accurate after fermentation has begun.
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