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Old 01-13-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Trappist still fermenting.

I made a 5 gallon batch of trappist ale. OG 1.100, and its still fermenting after almost 2 weeks. Is this normal, or should I be concerned about contamination?

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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Depends on the current gravity, fermentation temperature, and yeast being used.

It's common for a Belgian strain to be able to ferment to 80%+ attenuation, especially if large amounts of sugar were used. And fermentation can be slow if temps are in the middle to low end of the yeasts range.

But, this begs the question, what is YOUR indicator of fermentation? Still seing bubbles in teh airlock? Krauesen? Or is the gravity actually still dropping lower and lower each day?

Only the last one is the real indicator. The rest could be off gassing or lots pf pesky proteins.

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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Are you really saying your airlock is bubbling, or have you taken a gravity reading? Visual cues can be deceiving. I have a wit beer that I pitched yeast over two weeks ago, that STILL has a 2" krausen on it. But on Saturday I took a grav reading and it had reached terminal gravity.

The only way to truly know what is going on in your fermenter is with your hydrometer. Like I said here in my blog, which I encourage you to read, Think evaluation before action you sure as HELL wouldn't want a doctor to start cutting on you unless he used the proper diagnostic instuments like x-rays first, right? You wouldn't want him to just take a look in your eyes briefly and say "I'm cutting into your chest first thing in the morning." You would want them to use the right diagnostic tools before the slice and dice, right? You'd cry malpractice, I would hope, if they didn't say they were sending you for an MRI and other things before going in....

Thinking about "doing anything" without taking a hydrometer reading is tantamount to the doctor deciding to cut you open without running any diagnostic tests....Taking one look at you and saying, "Yeah I'm going in." You would really want the doctor to use all means to properly diagnose what's going on. It's exactly the same thing when you try to go by visual "cues" alone.

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When I switched to secondary after about a week, new krausen formed and the airlock is bubbling. Thanks for the info.

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When I switched to secondary after about a week, new krausen formed and the airlock is bubbling. Thanks for the info.
Prolly shouda left it in the primary a tad longer.... Couple 3 weeks??
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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When I switched to secondary after about a week, new krausen formed and the airlock is bubbling. Thanks for the info.
Why does everybody do this!!!
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:10 PM   #7
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Why does everybody do this!!!
Transfer to secondary too soon?
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Yes, it comes up so much it's starting to bug me.

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Why does everybody do this!!!
Just didn't know better. We were there once too.....
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Sorry guys, I need a vacation.

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