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Old 01-26-2008, 11:14 PM   #1
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It has been six days for stage one fermentation...so I have a couple of questions

I took a gravity reading 1.012 the starting gravity was 1.041 (this normal)

I posted about the lack of activity in my air lock, and from that I learned to be patient, but can you re-pitch and what harm if any would it cause

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Old 01-26-2008, 11:21 PM   #2
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Sounds like its 90%+ finsihed
Houston you have Beer!
I would give it another few days and check the reading again, if its the same you can rack it to a secondary and let it sit 2 more weeks or or leave it in the primary for a couple more weeks and then bottle it.

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Old 01-27-2008, 04:41 PM   #3
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it wouldn't surprise me if the OG was actually a little higher than 1.041, and that this is totally done fermenting.
I say this under the assumption that a partial boil was done, and then several gallons of top off water were added to bring it to 5 gallons.
if that's true, I bet the 5 gallons wasn't evenly mixed and the gravity reading was a little off.

was this a recipe kit? if so what did it say the starting gravity would be? possibly more like 1.046-1.050?

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I guess the old saying "You can't rush a good thing" holds true!

I think I will be looking into a glass carboy for initial fermentation, I would like to see what is going on, I currently have one for the 2nd stage.

malkore, you are on the money...this was a kit, Mid-West American Amber Ale, and I followed the instructions exactly. (?)

Anyone have any suggestions?

I am always looking for ways to refine my new found "Craft"
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SuperiorBrew, love the Avatar. Did you design it? Where can I find more like this?

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I guess the old saying "You can't rush a good thing" holds true!

I think I will be looking into a glass carboy for initial fermentation, I would like to see what is going on, I currently have one for the 2nd stage.

malkore, you are on the money...this was a kit, Mid-West American Amber Ale, and I followed the instructions exactly. (?)

Anyone have any suggestions?

I am always looking for ways to refine my new found "Craft"
I don't have any more suggestions- those guys know what they're talking about. The only thing to do now is wait. Start planning your next brew to keep your mind off of this one!
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Sounds like you're using a bucket for primary and the lid wasn't tight or something, so you had a leak instead of getting CO2 through the airlock. No big deal, you're going to have good beer in a couple weeks anyway. But a glass primary is a very nice upgrade!

The simplest thing you can do to improve your beer is also the hardest - wait. Give it plenty of time in primary to finish - 2 weeks has been good for me - then give it another 2-4 weeks in secondary for conditioning. Once it's bottled and carbed, don't drink it all right away! Wait as long as you can, trying one every week or two. The difference a week can make is amazing.
One caveat is with IPAs or anything dry-hopped. That super yummy hop flavor drops off pretty quickly, I think they're best in the first few weeks. Can't hurt to keep a few around just to see how it changes though.

Beyond that your next big improvement will be moving to full boils. Start looking around for a good deal on a turkey fryer kit if you're ready to drop another $100-$150 on your setup. The immersion chiller and propane tank will be pretty expensive regardless of how cheap you can get the fryer.

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Thanks for the info!

I already have a turkey fryer so I'm good to go there. Can I make an immersion chiller, looks like copper tubing and some hose. I'm all about the DIY thing.

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Old 01-28-2008, 12:08 AM   #9
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Sure can. Check out the wiki. It's linked to at the top of the page. You can find all sorts of great info there.

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