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Old 06-08-2008, 05:26 PM   #1
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I have an amber ale thats been in the primary for 1 week. OG was 1.068. Here's the recipe:

4.00 lb Amber Dry Extract (12.5 SRM) Dry Extract 48.51 %
3.25 lb Amber Liquid Extract (12.5 SRM) Extract 39.42 %
1.00 lb Rice Extract Syrup (7.0 SRM) Extract 12.07 %
1.00 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (60 min) Hops 10.1 IBU
5.00 gal New York, NY Water
1 Pkgs Munton Fison Ale (Munton-Fison #-) Yeast-Ale


I tested the gravity yesterday, and it was 1.025. Tested it again today, same thing. There are no bubbles in the airlock, and the krausen is gone. (and it tastes REALLY good)

What do you guys think?

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Old 06-08-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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1.025 sounds kinda high. I typically leave all my beers in primary for about 2 weeks, even if it is done fermenting the yeast are still cleaning up after themselves.

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Most all the yeast that has dropped out is done (for the most part) yes, you CAN transfer. There is still plenty of yeast in suspention to finish the job. Also when you transfer your going to roust some yeast as well. All that being said there is no NEED to transfer yet. I have beers that I let sit in primary for 3-4 weeks and go straight into keg.
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Yeah it does seem kind of high. I was hoping to get another batch in today. Oh well. I guess I'll have to wait til next week.

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Yeah it does seem kind of high. I was hoping to get another batch in today. Oh well. I guess I'll have to wait til next week.
I would hate waiting too, but you are making the right decision.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:43 PM   #6
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Well the sad part is, Ive brewed 2 batches so far, I haven't tasted a finished product yet, and I'm still hooked for life.

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I was hoping to get another batch in today. Oh well. I guess I'll have to wait til next week.
Sounds like somebody need some more fermenters
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Well the sad part is, Ive brewed 2 batches so far, I haven't tasted a finished product yet, and I'm still hooked for life.
Frustrating for sure, but once you build up a stock and keep the pipeline full you will enjoy quality beer when it is at prime. I struggled with the same situation for months.
More fermenters never hurts.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:58 PM   #9
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You mentioned racking it... what were you going to rack it into?

If it's another fermenter, maybe you could use the other fermenter for your new batch and rack your first batch directly into your bottling bucket when it's ready?

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I have 1 primary bucket, 2 5 gallon carboys (soon to be 3) and a bottling bucket. I'm getting another carboy this week to make some Apfelwein, that I was going to start when the carboy got here.

But now, I think I'll just use the carboy that I have and start the Apfelwein today, and use the other one for the secondary when it gets here.

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