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Old 05-09-2009, 03:34 AM   #1
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I brewed a Belgian Wit last Saturday (1.048 original gravity), and pitched WLP400. It bubbled along nicely, and then it kind of stopped bubbling. The beer cleared out pretty well, which I took as a sign of being close to ready. Thinking maybe I'd bottle of move to secondary soon, depending on my mood, I took a sample.
I of course overfilled my test tube, so I drank a sip out of it to get it down where it wouldn't overflow when I added the hydrometer. GAH! Yuck... it was awful. Really really terrible. My first thought was infection, but then I measured the SG. 1.030. That's 30% attenuation, slightly low. Looks like I have some time to go.
I read the White Labs site, and it looks like it's a long fermenter, and needs some good swirling action. So I'll go do that...

Not really a question here, but more a warning that wow... half fermented beer is awful.

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Old 05-09-2009, 03:48 AM   #2
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Wit yeasts are notorious for inconsistent fermentation cycles.

They are also prone to frothing up so much the yeast beaches itself on the fermenter walls. Give that fermenter a good rocking back and forth to knock that yeast back into solution.

I've had wit go like crazy for three days. Subside completely for 2 days...then start back up again for a week.

Thasss some crazy sh!t that wit yeast is....

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That is one of the three strains I regularly use, and I haven't had any problems with it, but I am far too lazy to open my fermenter until it is time too bottle after 4 weeks. I always have had good final gravities.

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Wit yeasts are notorious for inconsistent fermentation cycles.

They are also prone to frothing up so much the yeast beaches itself on the fermenter walls. Give that fermenter a good rocking back and forth to knock that yeast back into solution.
Yup, the yeast must have been beached. I gave the carboy a good swirl, and watched the beer go from clear back to "Fermentation cloudy" very quickly. And sure enough, this morning there is about 4 inches of krausen, so something must be happening again.

But from now on, I'm testing the gravity before i take a sip.
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