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Old 12-13-2005, 11:48 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I am on my second brew and I am doing a chocolate stout. This is the tenth day. I went to open the fermenter and the brew was looked really gritty. It still had chunks of it looked like yeast in it. It smelled fine. I took a gravity reading and the thing sunk to the bottom. Should I just wait a little longer or is this batch done?

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Don't worry about the chunks of yeast. What was your gravity reading?

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Old 12-14-2005, 12:03 AM   #3
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The first one or this one?

The first one on 1.070
I didnt get a reading because the gauge went to the bottom of the cylinder

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Sounds like you need a new hydrometer. It shouldn't sink out if you've got enough volume in your tube.

You need to take a final SG reading to determine if it's finished or not. Starting at 1.070, I'd expect it to finish somewhere around 1.020 or so. If you're there, you're done.

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What about the chucks of yeast? Can I go ahead and bottle? Or should I wait a bit longer?

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Wait for sure. Idealy, you'd transfer it to a secondary and leave it there for 2 weeks.

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I have a 2nd fermenter. Do I just syphen it into the fermenter or do I need to do anything else?

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Just siphon it over taking care to avoid any splashing. Leave the trub in the bottom of your primary fermenter. Then put an airlock on your secondary.

It won't hurt to leave it in the primary for a full week before doing this. Just let it sit for a few more days and then transfer it to the secondary. This will do a lot to improve your brew.

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Hey thanks for the help...

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Sorry, I missed something in your initial post. It's already been 10 days then go ahead and transfer it to the secondary. You don't need to wait any longer.

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