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Old 10-08-2007, 02:32 AM   #1
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Ive had a pale ale in the fermenter for 6 days now, and it started off extremely well - bubbling like a maniac for a couple of days before coming to a stop.

The OG was 1.040, but the last two readings ive taken - the latest being yesterday, were. 1.012.

Now, is that enough? It seems that it should be lower...what should I do?

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Old 10-08-2007, 02:44 AM   #2
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That's 70% attenuation, nothing unusual. If it stays the same for about 3 days or so, then it's done.

Also, if it tastes good, then that's all that should matter. My Oatmeal Stout is stuck at 1.027, but tastes fine (needs a couple of months, but that's a given), so I'm just gonna keep it as is.

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That's a pretty good number. Check it again in 2 days and see if it has stabilized. If it has you can go ahead and rack to secondary. If not give it another couple days and check again.

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:10 AM   #4
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Just checked the SG again - and its still 1.012 so I've added my finings then I'll bottle them in about a week (dont have secondary setup yet )

I guess the problem could be that I just used the 7g yeast pack tha came with the can - the lady at the homebrew store said it would be fine and would save me $5, which as a student, is alot But I guess from now on, i'll stick with the quality yeasts.

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:40 PM   #5
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I guess the problem could be that I just used the 7g yeast pack tha came with the can - the lady at the homebrew store said it would be fine and would save me $5, which as a student, is alot But I guess from now on, i'll stick with the quality yeasts.

but you don't really have a problem......

You achieved 70% attenuation and all things considered, that's just fine for many yeasts & brews.


FWIW, you have other choices in dry yeasts besides what comes on the top of the can.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:56 PM   #6
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but you don't really have a problem......

You achieved 70% attenuation and all things considered, that's just fine for many yeasts & brews.


FWIW, you have other choices in dry yeasts besides what comes on the top of the can.

I guess so, but I used most dextrose, with some DME, so I thought I would get a get a higher attenuation - so although its not really a problem, its not what i expected.

BUT - as you said, all things considered: ITS STILL BEER!!


BTW - I have mainly used other yeasts, but this time i went off the advice of the lady at the hb shop...strange advice i guess?
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Mostly dextrose with some DME? Doesn't sound too much like beer to me...

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Dont sweat it 1012 is not a bad FG - your not going to get a whole lot lower then that with a pale ale using any yeast. There is a good chance if you leave it another week or so it may possibly lose another point or 2. For a pale ale though it should be ok.

I know when I rack to secondary to condition my beer - I usually see a drop of 2-3 points in the next 2 weeks - im guessing you may have the same drop if you keep it in primary - in either case dont fret it - sounds fine - cheers!

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Ohhh by the way regarding the yeast - I know alot of people on here and everywhere say that you should not use the yeast that comes with the cans - in my case I usually purchase the coopers kits - as long as the cans are well within the expiration date I find the yeast is fine - atleast i havent had a problem yet - then again ive only been brewing about 7 months but so far so good. I did purchase an expired kit once - but they gave me some fresh nottinghams yeast to go with it

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Ohhh by the way regarding the yeast - I know alot of people on here and everywhere say that you should not use the yeast that comes with the cans - in my case I usually purchase the coopers kits - as long as the cans are well within the expiration date I find the yeast is fine - atleast i havent had a problem yet - then again ive only been brewing about 7 months but so far so good. I did purchase an expired kit once - but they gave me some fresh nottinghams yeast to go with it

yeah I generally try to avoid the canned yeasts - but the can of extract I bought was Black Rock, which I've been told by quite a few brewers is pretty high quality, and teh yeast that it comes with is pretty good.

I was going to get some safale, but i was persuaded not to...

Anyway, took anotehr sample and had a taste - tastes pretty good - still a bit sweet but it should shape up to be a cracking beer!
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