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Old 06-12-2014, 12:41 AM   #1
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I brewed a partial extract batch last weekend on saturday..my airlock was going absolutley crazy for two days after pitching safale so-4..the last few days no airlock activity...any advise now I havent seen any airlock activity in two days..im tempted to rack to my secondary..but something tells me to watch the gravity.guess im just excited to brew my first beer.

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Old 06-12-2014, 04:42 AM   #2
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Unless you're adding fruit or something... skip the secondary. It's unneeded, and more risky than beneficial. Actually, it's not really beneficial at all. These kit instructions are no good and really need to be updated.

Go with your first instinct. Gravity tests will lead the way. Don't bother checking them for at least a week.

Also, it's been less than a week. Have patience. Airlock activity is not a sign of fermentation process. Your initial fermentation is probably complete, so give the little guys time to clean up after themselves.

I always let my ales sit in the primary for at least 2-3 weeks... or until I figure out what I'm going to do with it (bottle/keg). Sometimes I'll leave it for months, 'cus I'm lazy! No ill effects if it sits on the trub for a while. Basically, you have all the time in the world to make a good beer (just try to keep it under a year).

Now don't start going crazy and putting different crap in it or taking samples every few hours. Leave it the hell alone and let it do it's thing. I understand it's your first beer, but playing with it is going to make it your first infected beer. That's not fun.



Beer brewing is the great teacher of patience. Learn and enjoy!

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A crazy airlock can be a sign the fermentation was to warm. Do you track the wort temperature during fermentation?

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Most likely only initial fermentation is over. It'll now slowly,uneventfully creep down to a stable FG. I'd check it at 10-14 days to see where it's at with a hydrometer. When it's done,give it another 3-7 days to clean up any by-products of fermentation & settle out clear or slightly misty before priming & bottling.

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I just brewed a second batch..made a pumpkin spice ale..I made a diy swamp cooler this time..big difference in fermentation rate..kept the temp around 60 degrees using so-5..put it in the primary on the 4th. Its still bubbling away nicley about three or four times a minute..I plan to wait a extra long time on this brew with all the trub I am expecting in the bucket from all the pumpkin puree I added to settle out. Yummmmmmm

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I just brewed a second batch..made a pumpkin spice ale..I made a diy swamp cooler this time..big difference in fermentation rate..kept the temp around 60 degrees using so-5..put it in the primary on the 4th. Its still bubbling away nicley about three or four times a minute..I plan to wait a extra long time on this brew with all the trub I am expecting in the bucket from all the pumpkin puree I added to settle out. Yummmmmmm
Let the temperature come up 68°. May not make to much of a difference with a pumpkin ale, but US-05 will produce peach flavors below 66°.
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Let the temperature come up 68°. May not make to much of a difference with a pumpkin ale, but US-05 will produce peach flavors below 66°.
Good tip..thank you!
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