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Old 09-20-2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm brand new to brewing, and to this group, but I have some scottish ale in the fermenter in the closet.

It is my first brew, and the fermentation seemed very vigorous and rapid. It started after about 5 hours, and all through the night and the next day bubbles were rolling out of the airlock.

The best part is, the closet the brew is in smelled GREAT! Fermentation seems to have stopped after just 2 days, so I gave the fermenter a good shake, and I am going to let it sit some more.

I am new, so I am going to keep it simple, for this batch I am not going to use a secondary. I am going to check my SG after a week in the bucket, if it looks good, I am going to bottle it and age it for a few weeks. Ill Keep you posted!

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I'd recommend leaving it in the bucket a little longer than that, two weeks minimum, three weeks better. I usually leave most of mine in primary 4 weeks.

That said, congrats on the first brew, and it'll probably be the best beer you've ever had (namely because you made it).

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Three weeks? The kit said 4-6 days, but reading on the forums here, that does seem a bit short.

Should I just leave the lid closed and not check the SG until after 2-3 weeks? The thread title says "cant wait" but I would rather wait and have great beer, than NOT wait and have gushers.

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Three weeks? The kit said 4-6 days, but reading on the forums here, that does seem a bit short.

Should I just leave the lid closed and not check the SG until after 2-3 weeks? The thread title says "cant wait" but I would rather wait and have great beer, than NOT wait and have gushers.
You're really supposed to take a gravity reading before you pitch your yeast, hence SG = starting gravity. You then take a FG or final gravity reading after you think it's nearing fermentation completion. Also, yes, 4-6 days is really short.
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You should be fine to check on it to see where it stands, but I'd still give it 2 weeks before bottling. The important thing is that prior to birling, you should ensure that fermentation is done. Check gravity when you think it's finished, then give it 3 days. Check again, and if it hasn't changed in that time, you're all set to bottle. If it changes though, give it longer, least you end up with a batch of bottle bombs.

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The kits always say things like that. They also usually say you can bottle when the airlock bubbling stops. Doesn't make it a good idea. Outside of a few brewing staple books (BCS, How to Brew, etc), I've learned all I know from the folks on here.

In my experience, almost all my brews have finished fermenting by 6 days (with a few exceptions). However, just cause active fermentation is done doesn't mean the yeast are done. There are fermentation byproducts that the extra time allows the yeast to clean up. As a general rule, after I pitch my yeast and seal up whichever ferment I'm using, I don't open it up until 2 weeks, at which point I start taking gravity readings. Once I've determined that it's done (which it usually is by 2 weeks), I let it sit another week. Then usually get lazy and wait one more. And it's done wonders for my beer.

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You're really supposed to take a gravity reading before you pitch your yeast, hence SG = starting gravity. You then take a FG or final gravity reading after you think it's nearing fermentation completion. Also, yes, 4-6 days is really short.
SG is specific gravity. All gravity readings will tell you SG. That's the point.
The initial one is OG (original gravity).
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Fermentation seems to have stopped after just 2 days, so I gave the fermenter a good shake, and I am going to let it sit some more.
Quit shaking the carboy, the yeast is fine and doing it's job

Congrats on the first brew but do yourself a favor and let it sit for at least 3 weeks (I prefer 3-5). Welcome to the obsession!
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You should let the beer ferment a minimum of 2 weeks to let the yeast finish up all of the fermentables. Then if gravity is stable, bottle.

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Old 09-20-2011, 03:54 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the info. I did take an OG reading, and I REALLY don't want to open the fermenter and risk infection, so I was not planning on taking another SG reading until I was almost certain the fermentation was done.

Guess I will check it again after 2 weeks in the fermenter. How long does an ale usually take to bottle condition?

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