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Old 01-27-2011, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hi all, First question post
I have my Cooper's aust. ale kit w/ 3# of Muton and WYEAST liquid yeast (london ale) in my primary.
Question is......After I pitched my yeast@73 degrees in a 68 degree enviroment, after 12 hours the CO2 pushed all of the water out of my airlock twice!
I have refilled the airlock, but now at day 4 the air lock is inactive. Now for the real Kicker......I forgot to take S.G. at pitching. How long should I leave it alone for? Should I rack? Leave it be? HELP
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:42 AM   #2
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Take a reading now. Then take another day after tomorrow. If it's the same, bottle. If not, repeat.

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Old 01-27-2011, 12:49 AM   #3
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I make wine. Our rule is.....if SG is same for 3 days.....its done. Does same rule apply for beer?
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:03 AM   #4
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As long as you're near your expected FG, sure.

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Before you do anything, I'd leave it in the fermentor for at least 2-3 weeks from brew day. The yeast will have time to make the beer cleaner, and drop out leaving the beer clearer. Overall, it will end up being tastier.

After 2-3 weeks in the fermentor, rack to you bottling bucket with priming sugar, bottle it, and keep the bottles at 70˚ for 3 weeks. Sure you can try one before they've been in bottles that long, but 3 weeks is a Revvy's rule of thumb when it comes to fully carbing bottles.

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Old 01-27-2011, 01:09 AM   #6
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Take a reading now. Then take another day after tomorrow. If it's the same, bottle. If not, repeat.

Woah woah woah... don't bottle quite yet... may be ready as in done fermenting, sure... but 1 week isn't nearly long enough before bottling for the beer to age properly... 3 weeks in your primary fermenter AT LEAST. I've had a few beers finish out in a day or two, but just wait it out. 3 weeks, THEN bottle. Then another 3 weeks, then drink. I know it's tough, but wait it out, you'll be glad you did!
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:10 AM   #7
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It should be noted that you'll probably want to wait for the yeast to start dropping out of solution before you consider bottling. They'll will clean up fermentation by-products even when it looks like there is no activity. But if the yeast is floccing out and dropping to the bottom of the fermenter, it's done.


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I've got flamed in the past for suggesting this. There seems to be a "don't bottle your beer before three weeks or your mother will explode!!!!" mentality here sometimes. FWIW, I've bottled beer after 8 days in the fermenter and won gold medals and comments from judges saying how "well fermented" it was. You've made wine, you're familiar with fermentation, I feel comfortable suggesting this to you. To a brand spanking new brewer, I might tell them just to leave it for three weeks.

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Well.........like I said I forgot to take initial S.G.
So from there I have NO idea what my FG should be. Or how to come up with What it should be

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Ugh, god, they beat me to it. Crazy how fast you get swooped in on for that.

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Well.........like I said I forgot to take initial S.G.
So from there I have NO idea what my FG should be. Or how to come up with What it should be
What was the recipe and batch size?
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