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Old 08-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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My Octoberfest has been in primary ferm for 15 days and still have bubbles coming into the airlock. I have been keeping it 52deg. I want to lager it and am afraid it is not done with the primary ferm. What should I do?

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Old 08-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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You should check the gravity. Bubbles don't really tell you much if anything.

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Old 08-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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Take a hydrometer reading for three days and if it's the same, rack to secondary. There's really no other way to know for sure if it's done. Worst case, if you live in the middle of nowhere and it's absolutely impossible to get a hydrometer (they ship them, though, too)...wait until the 3 week mark, then rack to secondary.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:46 PM   #4
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on top of the gravity reading, you should prolly be pulling a sample to see if a diacetyl rest is in order before lagering too

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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Hydro reading separated by 3 days!

Could be residual CO2 offgassing from a finished fermentation.

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Old 08-07-2012, 02:38 AM   #6
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Thx for the info. It should help!

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:03 AM   #7
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I'd raise temp to 62-65F for a d-rest either way, just to make sure the yeast finish strong.

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Got another question. Should I leave it in the primary to lager or transfer? I don't have a carboy but I do have a bottling bucket? Thanks in advance.

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You could transfer to bottling bucket (sanitized) and then clean the primary, sanitize, and rack back into that. Generally I'm leary to secondary in something with a valve in it but I'm sure others will say they've done it just fine. My initial suggestion involves some risk as well with the multiple transfers.

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Got another question. Should I leave it in the primary to lager or transfer? I don't have a carboy but I do have a bottling bucket? Thanks in advance.
I never really secondary, but I keg, which sort of serves the same purpose. However, I use 8 gal Brewcraft buckets with spigots as primary and I've never had an issue... just make sure to take the spigot off and clean it well.
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