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Old 08-02-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Safabrew wb-06 fermentation issues?

I brewed my first ever AG American Wheat beer. The Brew day went great. Hit my target OG right on the nose. I rehydrated a package of Safabrew wb-06 and pitched it. Fermentation started nice and quick. There was a good deal of blowoff as I used a 5 gallon carboy. Fermentation the ceased for a couple days straight. After trying to give the carboy a nice jolt to see if it would start again it didn't) I bought another packet of wb-06, rehydrated it, and pitched it. Fermentation started again and continued (slowly) for the next couple days. It seems fermentation has stopped (2days ago) , and I took a gravity reading today.

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temperature of baement: 70
OG: 1.046
Stuck gravity: 1.026
current gravity: 1.016

this puts me at 4% abv. Am I getting bad batches of yeast or will wb-06 just not go any lower on the hydrometer? Ive never used this strain before....

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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Do you recall what temp you mashed? or have your ingredients? there are a number of factors to consider as to why it finished that high. I don't have experience with that specific yeast, but looking at the specs listed on their site: http://www.fermentis.com/fo/pdf/HB/E...w_WB-06_HB.pdf it says final gravity will be high, so that may just be the strain (but again, mash temp and ingredients will contribute as well)

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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At 1.016, it's not stuck, nor is the yeast bad, the beer's simply finished.

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