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Old 10-16-2009, 05:21 PM   #1
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I brewed up a mini-mash batch of AHS Belgian White with the 1% alcohol boost 3 weeks ago. It has been fermenting in my basement at around 64-68 degrees, and it is still going. I just took a gravity reading and it was 1.016, it should have a FG of 1.010. The airlock is still slowly but steadily bubling, and the krausen hasn't fallen.

Is it normal for fermentation to take this long? I'm not necissarily worried about it. I was just hoping it would be done this weekend so I could bottle it and start another batch. (my other two fermenters are full also)

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Old 10-16-2009, 05:36 PM   #2
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It is possible the yeast are just not done. They decide what they want to do not you. I had a cider fermented with Hefe yeast take a over month to finish. I also had an ESB take only 2 days. The yeast is not going to give off flavors even if it goes another 3 weeks. Just be patient. As hard as that is for all of us.

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Old 10-16-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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What yeast did you use? I did a wit using WLP400 and it took 25 days at 64F to reach a final gravity of 1.008 from an OG of 1.055.

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We just made a Belgian White and it also took forever. We used WLP400 yeast. Was bubbling for over 2.5 weeks. We finally called it at a FG of 1.010

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You are not that far off...anything under 1.020 is usually done, you are only 6 points away from 1.010, that's not that far off......You COULD bring it upstairs into a warmer area, which will also rerouse any yeast from the bottom, which my get them to swim around some more munching on any more fermentable sugars.

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What yeast did you use? I did a wit using WLP400 and it took 25 days at 64F to reach a final gravity of 1.008 from an OG of 1.055.
Thats the exact one I used. How did yours turn out? I think it is going to be really good.
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It came out very nice. I used a lot of fresh citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) zest along with the coriander and curacao, and the aroma was amazing. This beer didn't last too long.

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