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Old 02-16-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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I've had a brown ale fermenting for two weeks exactly. Yesterday I took a hydro sample and planned to do another tomorrow and bottle if the readings were the same. Before I took a sample my airlock was bubbling about once every 4 minutes. Now this morning it's bubbling once every 20 seconds. Not sure what's going on here. My OG was 1.036 and the reading yesterday was 1.022. Should I leave it in fermentation for another week to give it time to settle down again?

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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If you started at 1.036 and you are now only at 1.022, then no, you are not ready to bottle. That's only about 30% attenuation. What kind of yeast did you use? Liquid, dry? What strain of yeast? Did you follow a recipe that listed OG and FG?

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I used a packet of dry Muntons yeast that came with the kit. The kit listed the OG at 1.046. I came up a little short with my OG reading and, based on feedback from other members, it was likely due to not stirring the wort well enough when I moved it to the fermenter. So, presumably my OG may have actually been on target. Hard to say, but it's hard to screw up an extract kit. There was no FG listed with the kit.

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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With a 1.046OG,you should expect an FG of 1.010-1.012.
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With a 1.046OG,you should expect an FG of 1.010-1.012.
Could it also be possible he's hitting the extract "wall" at 1.020? It's hard to tell yet, but considering it's a kit, you never know.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:59 PM   #6
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Could it also be possible he's hitting the extract "wall" at 1.020? It's hard to tell yet, but considering it's a kit, you never know.
No extract walls like that here after 12 kits. One of them was slow like this. I'd let it go for another week and measure again.
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Yeah,I've only had a few finish & settle out in 2 weeks. give it a 3rd week & then check it again. 3 weeks to finish & setle out is about average for mine. Gotta go check my mash water.
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This was an extract kit, no? You probably started closer to 1.046 than 1.030; extract batches are notoriously hard to take reliable SG readings from, but generally come out about as advertised, unless you use the wrong volume of water.

Still, if the airlock is still bubbling and you're at 1.020, you've probably got more fermenting to go.

How warm is the wort? If you're down in the low 60's or lower, you might bring it up 70°, 72°, and give it a good swirl to "kick-start" your fermentation.

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bubbling at this point doesnt tell you if its still fermenting or not. If the hydro sample is the same over between 3 days then its usually done. Some extract kits do finish at 1.02

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Increased bubbling might be from a temperature variation in the house, or maybe the atmospheric pressure dropped. As others have said, trust the hydrometer, not the airlock.

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