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Old 01-20-2010, 11:22 PM   #11
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it says about 2 weeks in primary, about 2 weeks in secondary, but over all says to follow what the hydrometer is telling me, then it says to bottle and store warm for 3 weeks.

Another question I have, the instructions say to make sure the SG is the same for 2 days before moving it to the secondary fermenter, I dont understand the point of moving it to the second fermenter if it isnt going to ferment anymore. Or do i want to just move it to the secondary fermenter after 2 weeks without taking a SG reading and expect it to ferment more in my secondary, then start monitering to see if it has reached FG?

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:37 PM   #12
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lagers pick up off flavors easy but need aging. aging in a secondary allows the beer to drop any yeast and proteins that are still floating around and age without the risk of autolysis. only transfer to the secondary when the SG readings stop falling.

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:42 PM   #13
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Alright cool, thanks for all the good info, I'll come back to this thread later on in my brew process when I will undoubtedly have more questions, thanks fellow brewers, untill later.

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:08 PM   #14
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Alright, I'm back with more questions for the pros out there, my brew has been in the primary fermenting bucket now for a little under 2 weeks, my OG was 1.052 and i just took a reading on it now and it only dropped to 1.029. I know that it's nearing the end of it fermentation period and the kit says the ABV% is supposed to be between 5.25-5.75. When I did my calculations it said the current ABV is only 3.01. Did I do something wrong or can I expect my SG to drop considerably more in the next few days?

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #15
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Probably just needs more time: http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter10-1.html

Kits often have too-rushed schedules. The amount of time needed to ferment is dependent on many factors, so basing it off of a universal, arbitrary schedule doesn't work in the real world. You said the kit did said "about two weeks," so it could need more than that.

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Old 01-27-2010, 10:27 PM   #16
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Alright that makes sense, thanks man

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Old 01-28-2010, 02:59 PM   #17
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what has the fermentation temperature been like? wait till Sunday and take another reading. if its changed at all then you still have fermentation and just need to wait and maybe warm the brew up.

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