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Old 06-12-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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Hello. I started a batch of american style light lager 5 days ago and it is still bubbling quite a bit and seems a lot more "cloudy" than usual. I used 3 lbs of sugar this time instead of 5 cups like in the last. Is it just taking longer to ferment due to that? Is the cloudiness just due to that also? See pic:


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Old 06-12-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Did you aerate your wort well? (more oxygen at the start = more yeast activity?

Did your second batch cool down much faster than your first batch after you pitched your yeast? Microbe activity increases exponentially with temperature, which is why the colder your wort the longer it takes to become beer. (or did you pitch too hot, which can kill yeast cells and cause a delayed start?)

It could be either of those, though my guess would be that it has to do with temperature, because a cooler temperature would also explain why your beer is more cloudy.



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Three pounds of sugar? Wow- that's a lot of sugar in a 5 gallon batch!

That should ferment pretty fast and fully, though.

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It is fermenting at a warmer temperature actually. Ive done this same batch before but with only 2.2 lbs of sugar.

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It is fermenting at a warmer temperature actually. Ive done this same batch before but with only 2.2 lbs of sugar.
Well, warm fermentation with a high percentage of sugar can be troublesome with off flavors. I'd keep it under 65 degrees for sure.


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