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Old 02-17-2007, 02:32 PM   #1
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I brewed a beer recently using Safale S-04, but now 12 days later it seems to still be fermenting. I read up on it and saw that it could be a result of wold yeast infection. Or that I might have racked to secondary too soon. The book I read that in the case that I did rack too soon, add more yeast. So I added a vial of WLP001 California Ale.

My question is, how can I expect that too affect the result of my beer, pitching a different yeast. I was going to a malty English bitter, but now that I have added the California Ale, I'm afraid I will lose that English flavor.
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Old 02-18-2007, 05:51 AM   #2
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its definatley going to be an interesting beer...

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Old 02-18-2007, 01:26 PM   #3
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Have you taken consecutive SG readings? Airlock activity doesn't necessarily means it's still fermenting. It could be just degassing.

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Old 02-18-2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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The fermentation was mostly over, so adding the second yeast probably won't change the results much. Do you check the gravity before racking or re-pitching?

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The fermentation was mostly over, so adding the second yeast probably won't change the results much. Do you check the gravity before racking or re-pitching?

I checked the gravity before racking, it was 1.020, which leads me to believe it still had a little ways to go. I know the S-04 doesn't have as high of attenuation as other yeasts, but 1.020 is still pretty high. It does appear to still be fermenting.
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I checked the gravity before racking, it was 1.020, which leads me to believe it still had a little ways to go. I know the S-04 doesn't have as high of attenuation as other yeasts, but 1.020 is still pretty high. It does appear to still be fermenting.
What was your OG?
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What was your OG?
Sorry, 1.044 OG
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Temperature? That's an ale yeast and if it was kind of cold, it's just taking longer to ferment out.

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Temperature? That's an ale yeast and if it was kind of cold, it's just taking longer to ferment out.

The first 24 hours was at 70, I had a nice strong fermentation, with only about 3 hours lag time. After the first day I dropped the temp slowly to 62 and kept it there for about 6 days. Then I added more yeast and slowly raised the temp back up to around 68. I added more yeast because I suspected I had contaminated beer and was told that adding more yeast might help. But the fermentation has still continued.
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Brewing is a slow process. Sounds like you were in a hurry to fix things. There are many possible causes for your brews' symptoms. If you're not sure what is going on, get a consensus before you start medling with your brew.

If you lose the flavor you were going for, call it something else and brew another batch. Can you brew too much?

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