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Old 04-02-2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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Alright folks, I'm 3 days in on my first homebrew and have another question...

How much krausen is typical at this point? I'm doing a 5 gallon batch, and using a 6.5 gallon carboy for my primary. I've seen photos from others with krausen foaming out the top like an erupting volcano!

The airlock has been bubbling steadily. It looks like beer and smells like beer, but I'm just wondering if the 2" of head is normal?

Here's a picture from yesterday....

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Old 04-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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There are waaaay too many variables to say whether or not a krausen is "correct", and there really is no "correct" krausen anyways.

Krausen size depends on amount of yeast pitched, type of yeast, temperature, OG, how you did your mashing, grain bill, etc etc

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Here's a big krausen from a belgian oaked stout that I made.

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think you posted a big enough pic there coryforsenate? as long as you have krausen be happy. wait 3 weeks from brew day then start checking your SG. if it hasn't changed in 3 days then your done ferementing and can bottle.

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Old 04-02-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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+1 on what coryforsenate says!!

Your beer looks just like most of my brews!
All of my beers have come out fine and they have all had about the same krausen activity as yours.

Give it at least two weeks in the carboy and at least two weeks(three is better) in the bottle. I am assuming you will bottle of course.

Good luck and keep on brewing!

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Old 04-02-2010, 04:21 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the info!

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