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edds5p0 10-02-2012 02:24 AM

Will It Ever End?
 
I've been in the primary for a week now at about 72 degrees and the airlock is still bubbling right along. My OG was only 1.054 and I'm not used to it going so long. Has anyone else had a normal gravity beer go for so long?

Leadgolem 10-02-2012 02:26 AM

I don't really brew anything "normal" so I'm not going to be horribly helpful in that respect. I have had a brew with an OG of 1.14 take close to 4 weeks to complete.

Yooper 10-02-2012 02:27 AM

What is the current SG reading?

Stauffbier 10-02-2012 02:28 AM

Just because the airlock is bubbling doesn't mean the beer is still fermenting. You should take a hydro reading if you really want to know!

lumpher 10-02-2012 02:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stauffbier (Post 4461632)
Just because the airlock is bubbling doesn't mean the beer is still fermenting. You should take a hydro reading if you really want to know!

yep, it could be done, just getting rid of excess co2 (offgassing), or it could be fermenting still. i had a 1.065 ferment for almost 4 weeks with s-04 (robust porter), and it came out great. that's why readings mean almost everything instead of bubbles

edds5p0 10-02-2012 03:02 AM

You all are awesome for replying so quickly. I decided to put my fear of contamination aside and test it. I am at 1.012, which is where I hoped to finish. Upon tasting, the beer is fizzy and has a very thick, creamy head. I'm guessing the thick krausen is holding in the CO2. Me likey! I was a bit disappointed by the hoppieness as this is a pumpkin ale. Otherwise, a good brew. Should I go to a secondary or let it stay in primary for a while longer?

Stauffbier 10-02-2012 03:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edds5p0 (Post 4461737)
You all are awesome for replying so quickly. I decided to put my fear of contamination aside and test it. I am at 1.012, which is where I hoped to finish. Upon tasting, the beer is fizzy and has a very thick, creamy head. I'm guessing the thick krausen is holding in the CO2. Me likey! I was a bit disappointed by the hoppieness as this is a pumpkin ale. Otherwise, a good brew. Should I go to a secondary or let it stay in primary for a while longer?

Leave it in primary for a week or two, and then check to see if gravity is still stable. If so, bottle it up. The hoppiness will mellow after conditioning time..

kylevester 10-02-2012 03:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edds5p0 (Post 4461737)
You all are awesome for replying so quickly. I decided to put my fear of contamination aside and test it. I am at 1.012, which is where I hoped to finish. Upon tasting, the beer is fizzy and has a very thick, creamy head. I'm guessing the thick krausen is holding in the CO2. Me likey! I was a bit disappointed by the hoppieness as this is a pumpkin ale. Otherwise, a good brew. Should I go to a secondary or let it stay in primary for a while longer?

Let it go in primary for another week and then keg/bottle. If it tastes good now, it'll be ready by carbonation, else give it another week or more before drinking. If you transfer to bottles/keg this upcoming weekend, you'll be sitting pretty for Halloween.

lumpher 10-02-2012 03:46 AM

at a week, i'd definitely let it sit longer. as kyle suggests, another week or so, then bottle, carbonate for a week or 2, and cold-condition

edds5p0 10-06-2012 07:27 PM

So I just checked my gravity again, it's down to 1.004. I am a bit shocked that the attenuation was so high. Is this normal? I used Wyeast Aerican Ale II.


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