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Old 01-13-2007, 02:51 AM   #1
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Should I get a hydrometer reading tonight (Friday).

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Old 01-13-2007, 02:55 AM   #2
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I'd wait till it stops fermenting. I've had ferments go for a couple of weeks depending on the strain/temperature. Basically, if it's still fermenting, you know the gravity is still dropping.

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Old 01-13-2007, 02:58 AM   #3
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The airlock stopped bubbling a few days ago. I asked about bottling then and people told me to wait.

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Do you have a secondary fermenter (also known as a clearing tank)?

If not, your beer will thank you if you get one. A couple weeks of conditioning in a secondary, for almost all styles, results in a much better beer.

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I think that you can take a reading just to see how much the brew has progressed and there is no visible activity. If you don't have a 2nd container then I would leave it in there another 8-10 days and think about bottling it then.

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If it has stopped bubbling then you can check it. Check it again in a couple of days and if it isn't dropping then you can bottle. However, as the guys have mentioned, it will improve a bit if you can let it sit another 7-10 days.

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