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Old 07-10-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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After the second quit bubbling 2 days ago, I checked the FG and it is 1.028. Supposed to be 1.020 - 1.024. Suggestions? Thanks!!!

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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Let it go for another week or so and check again. I'm assuming you mean the secondary "fermentation" chamber. All fermentation should be completed in the primary. The secondary is really for clearing.

I don't bottle mine until the FG hasn't changed for several days to weeks and is close to my projected FG.

But, I'm no expert brewmaster either.

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How much lactose did you add? More lactose will make your FG higher.

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Let it go for another week or so and check again. I'm assuming you mean the secondary "fermentation" chamber. All fermentation should be completed in the primary. The secondary is really for clearing.

I don't bottle mine until the FG hasn't changed for several days to weeks and is close to my projected FG.

But, I'm no expert brewmaster either.
It did kick off bubbling for a couple days after transferring to the secondary. It had quit for about 36 hours when I transferred. Did I transfer too early?
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How much lactose did you add? More lactose will make your FG higher.
Just used the package that came in the Brewers Best kit.
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Bubbling does not equal fermentation! I primary for 3-4 weeks. I only secondary for aging

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It did kick off bubbling for a couple days after transferring to the secondary. It had quit for about 36 hours when I transferred. Did I transfer too early?
you can't judge fermentation from the air lock you need to check with a hydrometer and get the same reading over three days. If the fermentation was not complete then yes it was too early.
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Bubbling does not equal fermentation! I primary for 3-4 weeks. I only secondary for aging
Would you add flavoring such as chocolate during the aging? Do you use an airlock while aging?
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Would you add flavoring such as chocolate during the aging? Do you use an airlock while aging?
Yes and yes
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This is great info. Question now becomes, how do I save this batch? Is it ruined or will it just have a lower AUV (right now 4.33%)? I plan on seeing how the Fg reads for the next few days to see if it changes.

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