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Old 06-24-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Krausen not falling back into wort..

I made a brown ale ab out 2 weeks ago.
I did a partial mash and the beer OG came out spot on to my recipes target.

I made a yeast starter 24 hours before I did my boil. I disolved 1/2 cup of light malt extract into 2 cups of boiling water, boiled it for about 10 minutes and then put it in the fridge, covered, to cool it to yeast pitching temp.
I pitched a Wyeast 1338 Smack pack into the starter and let it sit for about 24 hours. I smacked the pack and it swelled, but it did not appear to do anything in the starter wort when I grabbed it to pitch into my cooled and oxygenated wort.

I have not taken any SG readings since I don't like mucking about in my wort. I have figured out a way to visually tell when my wort is ready to be moved to a secondary which has worked with all of my beer batches successfully so far.

Anyhow, I usually wait for the krausen to fall back into the wort (3-4 days) and for the wort to darken and clarify a bit before moving to the secondary. (usually a day or 2 after the krausen has fallen back in).

Well it's been 2.5 weeks and the krausen has not fallen back in and I don't have the clarity I have expected.

HEre is a photo of the Fermenter with the Krausen



Here is a close up of the wort.



And Finally a pic of my Pauwell Kwak clone that I Was drinking when I took the pictures

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Old 06-24-2009, 06:04 PM   #2
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Then leave it alone....if it has a krausen then it is not finished doing what it has to do.

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Old 06-24-2009, 07:02 PM   #3
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I tend to agree with leaving it, my scottish ale took over 3 weeks to finally drop the krausen. If it had gone over four, I likely would have skimmed it off and racked it anyway. The hydrometer is the only sure way to judge - in my case the SG was down to 1.014 so I know it was done. One gravity reading before racking to secondary is a really good idea regardless.

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looks like at one point in time someone needed a blow off hose

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:44 PM   #5
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looks like at one point in time someone needed a blow off hose
HA HA, I didn't even notice that until I read your post, had to do a double take.

May I suggest some OxyClean and a damp cloth.
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Ha! The wonderful world of brewing.... and cleaning up afterward.

I did a porter a few months ago that sat for 3 weeks and the krausen still hadn't fallen in. I took a gravity reading and it was right on target. Few days later I checked again. When it came out exactly the same, I bottled. Haven't noticed any problems with the beer yet.

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The batch that made THAT mess was a particularly rambunctious Amber Ale I made about a year ago. I HAD a blow off hose on the bucket fermenter and it STILL blew the lid clean off. Loudly, at 3am while I was trying to sleep.

I am moving soon so that will be cleaned up shortly.

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The batch that made THAT mess was a particularly rambunctious Amber Ale I made about a year ago. I HAD a blow off hose on the bucket fermenter and it STILL blew the lid clean off. Loudly, at 3am while I was trying to sleep.

I am moving soon so that will be cleaned up shortly.
A year ago? The SWMBO would probably be accepting of the blowing up in the middle of the night (well, at least after a day or two).. however, if I didn't clean that up within 24hrs I would not hear the end of it.
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Wouldn't ants and other creepy crawlies be drawn to beer in the wall?? Particularly if it was still have sweet.

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A year ago? The SWMBO would probably be accepting of the blowing up in the middle of the night (well, at least after a day or two).. however, if I didn't clean that up within 24hrs I would not hear the end of it.
I know that feeling!

About 8 years ago when SWMBO was in med school I was extract brewing at that time. I had a boilover and said screw it, finish up, I'll clean it in the morning. She got home from work a 4am and banged 2 pans together in the bedroom to wake me up and go clean HER kitchen.

So that day I learned a valuable lesson. No matter how tired you are, if you don't clean up....then risk death.
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