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Old 05-19-2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hello, new to site, working on my second brew. I am doing a Brewers Best American Amber. Did the boil on Thursday morning and everything went well. I had bubbling with in 12 hours, very rapid bubbling then it slowed down dramatically by Friday evening. I callled local brew store they said throw more yeast and it should start bubbling more. Did so and still only bubbles once an hour or even less. My question is , is this ready for bottling? Instruction said 3-7 days. Its fermenting at 65 to 70 degrees. I have not taken my final gravity yet. Should I and go off of that?

Has any body else done this kit?, and did this happen and if so did it turn out ok?

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Old 05-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Well, your hydrometer will ultimately tell you when its time to bottle. It isn't really necessary to pitch more yeast btw.

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First of all- welcome to the forum!

I've made several Brewer's Best kits, and they all came out very good. The best thing here is patience- it sounds like the majority of fermentation is finsihed (definitely no need for more yeast!) but it's not time to bottle yet.

After the major part of fermentation is done, the yeast start "cleaning up" after themselves, actually digesting their own waste products. So, if you let it sit for a while, you'll have any off-flavors taken care of by the yeast.

You've got a good temperature there, so keep it steady if you can. Sometimes it helps if you wrap it with a blanket, just to stop the temperature from fluctuating during the day/evening.

Are you planning on using a secondary (a clearing tank)? If not, you should let it sit another week at least, and then check the FG. Most people would suggest taking 3 FG readings over 3 days, to ensure that it's finished. My process is just to wait two weeks from brewing, and then check. If it's where it is expected, and all signs of fermentation are over, then you can bottle.

I realize that the instructions say 3-7 days, but that is the only thing wrong with the Brewer's Best instructions. You'll have cleaner tasting beer with less sediment in the bottles as well as NO risk of bottle bombs if you wait.

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Old 05-19-2008, 04:13 PM   #4
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Thanks, Yooperbrew, I will not do a secondary, I did not on the first and that one came out great, SO it will not hurt the brew to sit for the full 2 weeks even if I see no activity in the air lock?I am just worried that it will go bad sitting there, or am I just a worry "WORT" Your help has been great.

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Oh, no- the longer it sits (up to a month or so), the better the results, generally speaking. It's hard to do, though! I know I always want to "help" it along, but doing something. But at this point, it's best to let it settle and clear and condition.

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Thanks, will do. I will let you know how it comes out.

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I've stuck with brewer best kits my self & dont a few recipes. I've talked to my brother (biologist with a chemistry minor) & home brew store operator. They have both said that most of the fermentation takes place in the first couple of days. That most of the surgars are eaten up. Rack to a secondary you will me so much happier with your product

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When would be the best time to rack to other bucket? Would I do anything to the wort at that time? And then how long should it be in the second container?

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There is a ton of debate from what I have seen about even needing to use a secondary. For wheat beers many do not do it for the nature of the beer is to be cloudy. Racking to a secondary will allow for your beer to clear more. I would say about 2 weeks in the secondary should suffice. But you want to make sure the fermentation is done before you rack it off.

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