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Old 08-27-2013, 12:47 AM   #21
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If it was an extract kit and you added the right amount of water you can bank on being pretty close to your projected og.

The majority of the forum is fan of longer primaries, most of us leaving for 3-4 weeks. Me personally, i check it at 3 and if its close to where its supposed to be i bottle at 4.

For checking gravity, your kit shouldve come with a long tube graduated cylinder tyoe thing, put enough beer in.there to float the hydrometer and read what its at. Might have to use a spigot or turkey baster / wine thief to retrieve the sample.

Cheers and good luck.

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:03 AM   #22
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The majority of the forum is fan of longer primaries, most of us leaving for 3-4 weeks. Me personally, i check it at 3 and if its close to where its supposed to be i bottle at 4.
While it's ok for those who prefer to go for a long primary to do so, I would say that it's not "most" who leave the beer in primary for 3-4 weeks. I know there is a vocal group that do, but I'd hazard a guess to say that "most" go no more than about two weeks or so, particularly those who have been brewing a long time.

For me personally, I prefer a beer's flavor that is out of the primary by about day 10-14. A well made beer doesn't need a lengthy time in the fermenter, but some people do prefer the flavor pick up of a long primary. So it's a matter of preference and it's not "right" or "wrong" either way.

Once the beer is finished fermenting, and clear, it's not going to get "doner". It may pick up some more flavor from the yeast cake, or lose some other flavors, but it won't ferment more or clear more once it's clear.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:14 AM   #23
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The kit is called brewcraft USA homebrewers starter kit. There is an airlock but I'm not seeing gas bubbles to concerned its not working. Looks like something is going on in the bucket though..
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Assuming so, I did see an bubble air lock in the pic and equipment list., and you said as much in a later post.

When did you brew and pitch the yeast? 24-48 hours ago or more?

If so, and you "see something" going on in the bucket, you likely have a leaking lid.. something repeated as common here. that I have not yet experienced.
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While it's ok for those who prefer to go for a long primary to do so, I would say that it's not "most" who leave the beer in primary for 3-4 weeks. I know there is a vocal group that do, but I'd hazard a guess to say that "most" go no more than about two weeks or so, particularly those who have been brewing a long time.

For me personally, I prefer a beer's flavor that is out of the primary by about day 10-14. A well made beer doesn't need a lengthy time in the fermenter, but some people do prefer the flavor pick up of a long primary. So it's a matter of preference and it's not "right" or "wrong" either way.

Once the beer is finished fermenting, and clear, it's not going to get "doner". It may pick up some more flavor from the yeast cake, or lose some other flavors, but it won't ferment more or clear more once it's clear.
To add to this, i very rarely brew hop-front beers, most of my brews are show cases for malt or yeast, this may be a large contributor to the length people leave beers in the primaries. Never really though about thay specifically, but it very well may be a significant factor in the decision for longer or shorter times in the fementer.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:16 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the help. Keep ya posted on progress.

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