Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Krausen Curiosity
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
ColoradoJon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Florissant, CO
Posts: 16
Default Krausen Curiosity

Hey all, been home brewing for about a year now, mainly partial mash lagers - 5 gallon batches. It's been a great experience so far and I am having a great time!

I brewed my first all-grain 5 gallon batch two weeks ago that was a lot easier than I had thought. Made one mistake - misread my sparge water volume and ended up with 1.5 extra gallons that I had to boil off. No big deal, just extra time and an extended boil. OG was two points shy but so darned close it's not a problem.

I'm curious, though, as I've noticed something different that I haven't seen in any of my previous 25 brews - the krausen in the fermenter was bigger than usual. My previous brews would get 1-2 inches of krausen on top that would fall after one week. This one, though, filled the headspace in my 6 gallon carboy and for the first time ever I was considering a blow-off tube. After the primary fermentation it has subsided, but is still about three inches thick and shows no signs of falling further.

I'm about ready to start bringing the temp down over the next four weeks for the lagering phase and usually by this time the krausen is gone. Hydro readings indicate that fermentation is complete. No, I'm not worried, but was curious if this is common for all-grain brews?

-CJ

__________________
ColoradoJon is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: , Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,668
Liked 427 Times on 327 Posts
Likes Given: 660

Default

Some beers blow out the top and some don't. Can't say it happens more often with AG, but its just another reason to always use a blow off with ales. I've never had a lager create a problem though, rather extract or AG.

__________________
Hammy71 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No Krausen? Stout Man All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 01-08-2009 01:32 AM
Idle curiosity JerD All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 12-06-2008 10:37 PM
No Krausen Wables All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 08-20-2008 06:57 AM
Very little krausen... aekdbbop All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 05-28-2008 07:03 AM
Noy much krausen hoplobster All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 01-13-2008 10:19 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS