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Old 10-01-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default My pale ale stopped fermenting in 7 days...

A this ok? I racked into primary 7 days ago. Was going strong and now nothing. Should I move to secondary or just keg it?

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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Take a gravity sample and record where it is. Take another in 3 days. If it's the same gravity and within the specified range for the recipes finish then you are good to do either. Personally I usually wait an extra week to give the yeast more time to drop out before I transfer, but if you're kegging it shouldn't really matter. You will have a few yeasty pulls for the first few glasses.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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Good call, that's what I'll do

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Gravity is key, as mentioned, but I routinely have ferms done in a week. In fact, most of the time this is the case except some lagers. Still, raising temp 5 degrees (to room temps) and letting it sit for a few days before cold-crashing is a good idea to let it clean up.

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Definitely check the gravity to be sure like the others have mentioned, but it's pretty typical for an average gravity beer to have the krausen fall back within 7 days. Although, there's no rush to rack or keg. You could leave it in your primary for a couple more weeks with no ill effects.

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:43 PM   #6
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Two to three days after first krausen to attain FG is standard for me. I then leave the beer a couple more days, crach cool/fine and package usually within 7 to 10 days. I brew mainly english ales which means that I want some fermentation by-products. Getting the beer off the yeast after its done cleaning diacetyl/acetaldehyde helps that flavour profile because I keep most of the esters. For your standard american pale with a 1.050+ starting gravity, leaving the beer a few weeks in the primary won't hurt the beer and might even be beneficial since you want a cleaner fermentation profile most of the time anyway.

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:51 PM   #7
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Yep. I agree with the previous three posters. Just because you've hit your terminal gravity doesn't mean the beer is finished; the yeast still needs time to clean up the nasty by-products of fermentation such as diacetyl and acetaldehyde. Let it sit another week or so.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:35 AM   #8
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:37 AM   #9
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My next question, I transfer to my keg, bump the psi to what, 30? For good conditioning/carb?

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My next question, I transfer to my keg, bump the psi to what, 30? For good conditioning/carb?
I'm not a keg user but I think they only do 30psi to force carb it quickly and then set it down to serving pressure.

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