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Old 12-14-2013, 07:46 AM   #11
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They are so cute at this age..........
Sigh, I guess I'll go ahead and try to clarify my post again.

Thanks for all the replies, guys, but this post isn't about whether or not the fermentation looks okay, or about the difference between the two pics.

This post is in reference to the discrepancy between the two sides (left/right) of the surface of the fermenter. In both pics, you can clearly see that the left side of the surface is whiter/foamier, and the left side is brown and dry.

Not only have I personally never seen this phenomenon in any fermentation pics, but two very experienced and one somewhat experienced homebrewer all said they didn't know what to make of it.

I'm just curious what causes something like that (even if it's insignificant as far as the end result goes).
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:50 AM   #12
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Lot of headspace in there. Put the lid on it and try not to open it again until you are ready to bottle.

With the krausen dropping and clear beer on the surface (good thing) you want to keep as much of the CO2 layer intact to prevent room air (oxygen) from getting in and possibly oxidizing your beer.

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Good call. I was hesitant to open it (I didn't know about the oxidation info anyway), but a friend of mine (an experienced homebrewer) told me to take a gravity reading, assuming I had a spigot on my primary bucket. When I sent him the pic he yelled at me about oxidation .
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Good call. I was hesitant to open it (I didn't know about the oxidation info anyway), but a friend of mine (an experienced homebrewer) told me to take a gravity reading, assuming I had a spigot on my primary bucket. When I sent him the pic he yelled at me about oxidation .
Tell your friend to quiet down. The way to take a gravity reading in a bucket fermenter is to open the lid. Do it carefully in an area without much air movement and the CO2 layer will remain in the bucket protecting your beer. It isn't like hydrogen that would float away, CO2 is enough heavier than air that it will just stay in the bucket.
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