Originally Posted by Auspice
Alright, I'm pretty sure I stalled out the fermentation on my first bock. I brewed it about a month ago and got an OG of 1.044; taking a refractometer reading I'm getting 7 brix and Beersmith is telling me the estimated OG was .998. The beer does still smell worty sweet and I was afraid fermentation had stalled since I'm fermenting in my kegerator which is dialed up to mid to high 40s but does drop to low 40s overnight.
Do I need to buy more yeast and repitch or can I shake up the fermenter and throw a heated blanket on it to warm it up and get things going again?
I don't have the capability of reaching the ideal 46-56 fermentation temp required by the yeast any other way than with the kegerator. :/
If your OG was really 1.044, and you are reading 7 brix now with the refractometer, then your gravity is approximately 1.018. (Beersmith cannot estimate an OG reading from a post fermentation refractometer reading.)
I agree with Yooper, when she suggested you check the gravity with a hydrometer.