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Old 09-10-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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I am about to bottle my first ever batch of beer. I chose a English Brown Ale to start with and I just went into get the primary fermenter and before I touched it, it bubbled. It has not bubbled in front of me for a few days and I was now wondering if this is normal or is the beer not finished fermenting. I made started the batch last Monday.

Should the bubbling totally stop, or is it ok to have it still bubble 7 days later? Should I bottle it or wait?

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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Don't use bubbles to tell you when it's done. Take a gravity reading and another in 3 days and if they are the same (or very close) it should be done.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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Just let it sit for 2-3 weeks, check the gravity a couple of days apart and then bottle if it is stable.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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Yes... 2-3 weeks should be good and the telling point is your specific gravity. I have seen slow bubbling at 3 weeks even though fermentation is finished as verified by a SG reading.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:49 PM   #5
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Im tellin' ya, those buckets know when you are coming. I just bottled a beer that was in primary for 41 days - I haven't seen a bubble in 3 weeks - and as I walked up to it before bottling, it bubbled! LOL. Floor vibration or something. Like the posters above said, either take a couple consecutive readings or just let it sit for a while to be sure.

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:11 AM   #6
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I know bubbles don't indicate if fermentation is done but i am on day 8 of an American light and it is bubbling at a steady rate still, 50 seconds between belches consistently (timed with a stopwatch) so it looks like activity and i plan on waiting till the end of the week before measuring gravity.

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Old 09-11-2012, 01:12 AM   #7
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Is there a reason why the instructions to the kit say that after 7 days it is ready to bottle but doesn't say anything about taking multiple readings? Most people are saying to watch the FG and when it stabilizes it is the ready but the instructions do not mention that. Kind of misleading to the newbie brewer.
I took a reading this evening and will let it sit a few ore the take another reading.
Thanks to everyone for all your advice. I will be using this forum for all my future advice.

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Old 09-11-2012, 01:16 AM   #8
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The kit people want you to buy more kits, so faster turn around is good for their business.
We just want to make good beer.

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Old 09-11-2012, 01:20 AM   #9
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There are some pretty bad instructions out there and bottling after just 1 week is some of the worst. There are even a few people on here who give really bad advice on occasion. I usually try to verify everything from a few different sources unless I have good reason to be confident in their advice.

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Old 09-11-2012, 01:26 AM   #10
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You would think the kit suppliers would be more concerned about liability if someone may be injured from an exploding bottle because they told you to bottle it while it was still fermenting.

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