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Old 02-04-2014, 03:28 PM   #21
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Yes, I've read to not trust the airlock as a sign of fermentation. It was just odd sitting next to my Belgian Strong Ale that's been bubbling for almost 3 weeks.

Good idea about the flashlight. I think I'll follow your advice and keep it in the primary for 3 weeks then bottle (assuming it's at it's FG).
I learned also the bubbling is not that much of an indicator of fermentation!!!

I have been worried about my first brew....bubbled about a day then nothing. Checked today (5 days in primary) and thought it tasted very good and hydrometer readings seemed reasonable so I moved to secondary.

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Old 02-04-2014, 04:36 PM   #22
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Those that bottle rather than keg all remember that first "sssshhh" when the bottle cap is popped! Immediately, you KNOW you made beer! And that first pour...watching the beer bubble and the head foam...is just beyond great! And then drinking that beer that YOU made...AWESOME! Enjoy!

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I have the same beer in the fermenter right now. It has been in there for 8 days, planning on bottling it on Feb. 17 (3 weeks in primary total). Can't wait!

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Congrats on your first brew!

The first one is like doing some other things in life for the first time, in that it's over way too quick, its good but it won't be the best you've ever had, and it's really scary but also really exciting.

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