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Old 01-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #11
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SilentT, I would gently move the "swamp thing" aside with a sanitized spoon and take a gravity reading. Three readings the same (every day/other day) and it's okay to bottle. Generally the krausen/swamp thing http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plik:Krausen.jpg drops to the bottom. As you might've read here, three weeks in the primary and then three weeks in the bottle is a good rule of thumb.
shibao123, 20° C is a good fermentation temp. Some brews have a beginning fermentation that is very active and then slows down. No need to panic.

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #12
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SilentT, I would gently move the "swamp thing" aside with a sanitized spoon and take a gravity reading. Three readings the same (every day/other day) and it's okay to bottle. Generally the krausen/swamp thing http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plik:Krausen.jpg drops to the bottom. As you might've read here, three weeks in the primary and then three weeks in the bottle is a good rule of thumb.
shibao123, 20° C is a good fermentation temp. Some brews have a beginning fermentation that is very active and then slows down. No need to panic.
Don't forget that these are lagers...so fermentation times and temps will be different. 20C is much too warm for s lager yeast (and even for most ale yeasts in my opinion). Lagers should be fermented cool, then lagered even colder for several weeks, then bottled...so the standard ale schedule doesn't really apply.

As for taking a hydrometer sample...sanitize a measuring cup and scoop out about 1/2 a cup of beer. Fill your hydrometer tube and test it in there. Then drink the sample
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:16 AM   #13
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Ok things appear to be fermenting well, krausen is funky and airlock is bubbling and ill take another hydrometer reading to make sure things are going well.

Now I have to decide what's next.

I've read several opinions about using a secondary and I can't decide if it is the best thing to do or not.mi was hoping for some more opinions.

So should I put it in a secondary and age it cooler ( remember is a black lager) or just keep it as is, any insight would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 01-29-2013, 10:47 AM   #14
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Ok new problem.


I took a hydrometer reading and Initially it was 1.048

And now it's 1.2

Shouldn't it be dropping? What gives?

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:31 PM   #15
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Ok new problem.


I took a hydrometer reading and Initially it was 1.048

And now it's 1.2

Shouldn't it be dropping? What gives?
Yes, that's wrong.

Seriously, its user error, your gravity isn't 1.2 Did you let the sample sit for a while, to get rid of any CO2 that was in it? Or perhaps you misread the hydrometer.
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I'm guessing its a typo and the reading is 1.020 (a common place for extract brews to finish), not 1.2 (that's like 25 lbs of extract in a 5 gal batch).

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