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Old 04-20-2007, 06:44 PM   #11
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i checked today and its almost gone so i gues its almost time to bottle

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Old 04-20-2007, 06:55 PM   #12
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Have you taken a gravity reading? I would make sure that fermentation is actually done before bottling.

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:24 PM   #13
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its in a carboy so its kinda hard...

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:39 PM   #14
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You didn't say when you pitched your yeast, but I would wait at least two weeks before bottling anything at all.

An s.g. reading is crucial if you're in a hurry to bottle. Use a sanitized turkey baster and pull out your sample into the hydrometer jar. OG and fg will tell you if you're really ready to bottle. If the krausen just now went down, you'll have bottle bombs if you bottle.

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Old 04-20-2007, 08:12 PM   #15
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i pitched it on Wednesday night
in the recipe it said 3-7 days i think its called continental something

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Old 04-20-2007, 08:14 PM   #16
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Yeah you need to wait a while. do it like yooper chick said a good two weeks.

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Old 04-20-2007, 09:11 PM   #17
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The biggest thing I've found you need to learn with brewing is patience. I think it takes at least 6weeks before beer is really good to drink after brewing. The common suggestion is 1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, 3 weeks bottle. If you don't secondary then 2-3 weeks primary and 3-4 weeks in the bottle works.
You are currently way to early to bottle. After a week it is probably safe to bottle but your beer will taste much better if you give it more time.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:44 PM   #18
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I'd suggest a little reading while you wait for your beer to finish! My online favorite is howtobrew.com and he explains all the terms and when to rack, etc. Also the wiki (it's above on the logo, says "home brewing wiki") is helpful, too. I never even touch my beer until at least 7 or 10 days have gone by since the time I've pitched my yeast.

I'm bottling a batch tomorrow that I brewed on 3/20. Beer can be made quicker, but if you want a good beer (and no chance of bottle bombs!) patience is a virtue.

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