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Old 06-02-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Final Gravity: Am I close enough?

I was all psyched and ready to bottle my first batch today, but my final gravity is a few points higher than the range indicated on the recipe.

The recipe (extract Belgian style) only called for it to sit in the primary for about a week, but I let it go an extra week to clear up (and boy I'm glad I did). I took my reading today and it came in at about 1.018. The FG range on the recipe calls for 1.010 - 1.015. OG on the recipe called for 1.050-1.055 and I was right in there on brew day.

Should I sweat a few gravity points? If I bottle today should I ease off a bit on the priming sugar?

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Give it another week to see if it finishes up. It may even have stalled if it's clearing.

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Thanks for the reply.

When I took a reading last week (which I of course did not write down), it was still pretty cloudy, but it has cleared up beautifully since then. Does that matter?

Also, if I keep checking the gravity and it's the same for a few days in a row, does that mean it's finished, or can it still change?

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Let it sit

The best tip for any home brewer is PATIENCE!

After the first 2-3 batches you'll learn that just letting it do its thing is the best thing you can do. I've had a few batches that seemed to stall and then pick back up.

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Thanks for the reply.

When I took a reading last week (which I of course did not write down), it was still pretty cloudy, but it has cleared up beautifully since then. Does that matter?

Also, if I keep checking the gravity and it's the same for a few days in a row, does that mean it's finished, or can it still change?
Dont need a few days in a row, just the same a few days apart.
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I've also heard that giving the fermenting bucket a very gentle swirl (being careful not to aerate) can give the yeast a little nudge. It seems to me just the act of taking the lid off the bucket can be enough of a swirl. I tend to do this, although I don't know if it really does anything.

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If you were fermenting at a fairly cool temp, you could also try bumping the temp up by 4 or 5 degrees. That might help it finish. Either way, I'd wait another week and see what gives.

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Thanks for the reply.

When I took a reading last week (which I of course did not write down), it was still pretty cloudy, but it has cleared up beautifully since then. Does that matter?

Also, if I keep checking the gravity and it's the same for a few days in a row, does that mean it's finished, or can it still change?
Yes, if it's the same after at least three days, then it's done and you can bottle it.
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Let it sit

The best tip for any home brewer is PATIENCE!

After the first 2-3 batches you'll learn that just letting it do its thing is the best thing you can do. I've had a few batches that seemed to stall and then pick back up.
Damn, patience is my least favorite virtue

Looks like I'll be checking readings for a few days and shoot for (hope for) a bottling day of Thursday or Friday.
Thanks folks, much appreciated
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I have a similar question. I started an IPA three weeks ago today. The OG was 1.060. We racked to secondary a week later and took another reading, 1.010. Today we got another 1.010, but I still see bubbles in the vial we use to take the sample. I'm thinking I should wait another week to see if the bubbles stop.

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