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Old 02-11-2008, 09:42 PM   #1
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Alright so my beer has been fermenting for 3 weeks, i'm still seeing tiny little bubbles rising to the top of the carboy. There is no head or foam at the top. Can i bottle the beer while this is happening or do i need to wait until all avtivity has stopped? THANKS!
BTW- I'm doing an Amarillo Pale Ale from Midwest Supplies and i don't have a hyrdrometer.

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Old 02-11-2008, 10:24 PM   #2
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Get a hydrometer, it's the only way to really tell it's done. But after three weeks, you can be pretty sure it's done if you used a regular old ale yeast. I'd go ahead and bottle.

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+1 get a hydrometer. It's <$10.

But it sounds like your beer is done. The little bubbles are dissolved carbon dioxide coming out of solution, as opposed to evidence of further fermentation.

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Agreed that 3 weeks was probably more than enough time, but always check with a hydrometer to be sure it didn't stall out and create potential bottle bombs.

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Did it go through a primary phase? I mean did it bubble hard for a day or two at the beginning? Just curious.

The thing to do is leave it in the carboy until your new hydrometer comes in.

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I just bottled my first batch after 3 weeks of fermentation. I was shocked by how clear my beer was and how much it smelled like and tasted like beer (yes, I took a small sip).

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Did it go through a primary phase? I mean did it bubble hard for a day or two at the beginning? Just curious.

The thing to do is leave it in the carboy until your new hydrometer comes in.

yeah it went through a pretty heavy primary phase. about a week or so.....
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I just bottled my first batch after 3 weeks of fermentation. I was shocked by how clear my beer was and how much it smelled like and tasted like beer (yes, I took a small sip).


I just bottled my first batch on Saturday, and I tasted mine too...it tasted pretty good actually! Mine was in the carboy for 2 weeks, so far no exploding bottles. I started a new batch an I am using a hydrometer now.
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