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Old 12-03-2006, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Could extract be cause of stuck fermentation?

I bought a light DME from my LHBS twice and both times, I got a stuck fermentation. This time it stopped at 1.03. I brewed another one with wheat extract and it fermented fine.

Is it possible that the extract is bad or non fermentable? I aerated this one good(OG at 1.045), pitched Wyeast 1056 without a starter, but with a well-swelled smack pack. After it stopped, I pitched another Cooper's dry yeast 2 days ago to get it going and it has done nothing since then. Still at 1.03. It's been at a steady 68F since I started. The yeast is good, and the aeration should be okay, could it be the extract?

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Old 12-06-2006, 05:37 AM   #2
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I can guess on a few. 1) Poor sanitation? ( no offense justa guess ) 2) Bad yeast (out of date?) 3) The way you aerated wort. If you shook it by hand it only aerates 20% of wort, try shaking it lightly again. If you force air into the wort "The oxinator" I would sanitize it good and shoot in about half of what you did at the time you pitched yeast. I'm really new at this but hopefully I helped you a little.

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Old 12-06-2006, 10:09 AM   #3
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What was the pitching temp?
Are you 100% sure that you are at 1.030?
I would guess if you got a really good foam on top while fermenting that its lower than 1.030 but just a guess
I would'nt think its the extract.
Possibly when you pitched there was a cleaner or sanitizer, in your bucket or carboy?
It might not be a good practice, but I dont aerate unless its a big beer, other than the air I get when I pour in my carboy.

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Old 12-06-2006, 02:19 PM   #4
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It's possible that the extract had a very high level of unfermentable sugars, 33% attenuation is ridiculous, though. Both of the yeasts you've pitched should do double that. Post the recipes and the brand name of the DME.

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Old 12-07-2006, 10:49 PM   #5
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Here is a link to an interesting article about stuck fermentation and using extracts. I think someone on one of these boards posted it earlier today, i don't remember how I ended up on this page

http://www.brewingtechniques.com/lib....2/lodahl.html

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Old 12-08-2006, 02:35 AM   #6
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Thanks Ellie.

That is an excellent article and a great reason to keep moving toward AG.

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Old 12-09-2006, 09:04 PM   #7
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I agree Dantodd!

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Old 12-09-2006, 09:06 PM   #8
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I've been cruising craigslist and asking for gift certificates for christmas/birthday this year as well. I'm pretty motivated by this thread.

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what is one way to aerate the wort?

mines in a secondary, and it looks like nothings happening

could i transfer the beer into the fermenter and then siphon it back into the secondary letting it dribble into it? you know making like a slight splash?

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