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Old 03-08-2009, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Krausen Not Falling

So I brewed a Bavarian Hefe (similar to Edwort's) on 2/16. The krausen is not falling. I haven't taken a gravity reading yet because I don't want to risk contamination while the krausen is still high. I have no idea why it isn't falling. I've never had this happen before.

I used Wyeast 3068. I did a single decoction mash to raise from protein rest to main rest.

I had a pretty high OG. It was 1.062.

I did a yeast starter with 16oz of wort, aerated and pitched at 65 degrees a day or two after brewing.

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Old 03-08-2009, 04:33 AM   #2
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Let it ride.

Yeast are working on their schedule and not ours as brewers.

I've had krausens last for almost 3 weeks. Had to rouse yeast and gotten a second smaller krausen.

What temp is your fermenter? If it's lower end for the yeast strain, it could be working for a while. Hotter ferments tend to have shorter yeast lifecycles, and therefore shorter krausen duration.

If the yeast are still working, you have nothing to worry about.

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You waited a day or two between brewing and pitching your yeast? Why was that?

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I have had this happen with some Belgian wit yeast lately. It seems like the yeast gets stuck on the walls and on the top of the Krausen. I made a starter with it and had to continuously stir the krausen back into the wort and knock it off the sides. I had to do it 4 or 5 times but today it dropped out and cleared up.

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I've got a Wit in primary thats doing the same thing... Let it ride.. The yeast will be done when it's done..

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Wheat improves head-retention. A krausen is just a big head. It may not fall, period.

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You waited a day or two between brewing and pitching your yeast? Why was that?
My normal yeast starter I made a few days before brew day exploded in my living room. EPIC FAIL. So I bought new yeast during the boil and made a yeast starter out of the boil wort. I waited a few days to get the starter going good...
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My normal yeast starter I made a few days before brew day exploded in my living room. EPIC FAIL. So I bought new yeast during the boil and made a yeast starter out of the boil wort. I waited a few days to get the starter going good...
Ouch!

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