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Old 03-31-2010, 03:43 AM   #11
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good to know.. The recommended temps on the safale were something like 64* to.. 74?? something like that.

I guess what i'm getting into now is that the gravity readings have been basically consistent at 1.020 over the last 4 days (I assume that my grain efficiency was less-than-stellar).. should I go ahead and rack to a secondary or continue to let it do its thing?



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Old 03-31-2010, 03:56 AM   #12
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Nah, 04 and 05 have optimal temps down to 59, but will even get by a bit lower along with many other yeast strains. Personally, when I'm using 04, 05, or nottingham I try to pitch at around 57-58 so that it's actually fermenting at around 64-65 at the most.

s04 is kind of a middle of the road in terms of attenuation, so it may not get quite as low as planned. If it's been 10+ days and you still aren't getting gravity changes it's probably done, but I'd still leave it in the primary for at least another week to clean up especially if you were upwards of the 70 degree range unless you planned for a more fruity/sweet character.

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Well to be honest, it has been in the mid to lower sixties for the most part, until I saw that the yeast performed best at the temps I posted earlier.. As a result, I increased the temp to bring it back near room. The beer is already very clear, and the samples taste like I would expect a stout to..

Bottom line, no appreciable changes in SG and increasingly better flavor.. Since I'm a noob and have this shiny 5 gal secondary.. I'm just so tempted..

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