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Old 10-12-2010, 03:06 AM   #1
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I posted a thread a few days ago freaking out about the lack of activity in my airlock, but now I know my beer is fermenting because I've peaked in a few times and it's definitely developed a krausen ring. My question now is, why have my past three hydrometer readings been 1.02? Shouldn't that have changed a little bit by now? It's only been fermenting for a week now, so maybe I'm just trying to find new things to get spooked about. Somebody help reassure me!

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:10 AM   #2
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Hey I got the same problem. I've checked three times since I noticed the airlock wasn't bubbling and it's dropped for .022 to .02 in 5 days

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:11 AM   #3
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patience grasshopper!


I know it's hard, but let that bad boy GO!

I usually wait at least 2.5-3 weeks to take a hydro reading from the fermenter. The more you open it up and stick stuff into your wort, the more likely you are to introduce an infection.

If you've got krausen, you've got fermentation. Let the beer ferment, let the krausen fall, then wait at least a few days and take your next hydro reading

What was your recipe?

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:15 AM   #4
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RDWHAHB - I just went through what you are talking about after what appeared to be a very fast ferment...took nearly 2.5 weeks to get to my FG, and I didn't bottle for a full three weeks. The waiting game sucks, but I think all is ok given that it's just been a week thus far.

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:17 AM   #5
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This really is a bad hobby for people who don't have patience (as evidenced every single day on this forum).

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:22 AM   #6
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This really is a bad hobby for people who don't have patience (as evidenced every single day on this forum).
it's true. i have patience, i just don't wanna mess up my first one!
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This really is a bad hobby for people who don't have patience

but it is a great hobby for procrastinators.
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as the recent posts have said, RELAX!!! it'll get there as snowveil said, where there's krausen, there's fermentation. let it sit. it can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 months to ferment, based on style. you'll build up a supply, and drink 1 while the next 1 is fermenting. getting started is the hard part. as i was told early on: relax, the yeast knows what it is doing. take a reading maybe 2 weeks after pitching (if it's still). take another reading 3 days later. if they're the same, it's done. if not, relax, don't worry, have a homebrew

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Stuck fermentations can be frustrating (been there with a lager or two), but aside from the gravity readings we don't have much info from you to decide whether you are actually stuck.

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Stuck fermentations can be frustrating (been there with a lager or two), but aside from the gravity readings we don't have much info from you to decide whether you are actually stuck.
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patience grasshopper!
What was your recipe?
you've got it guys!

first brew, wasn't too sure exactly what I was doing. the recipe was a little something like:

6lbs light malt
1/2 lb wheat malt
1 lb munich grains
1 lb honey
hallertau hops
saaz hops
some regular ale yeast, pitched a little warm

if any of that helps, that'd be awesome!
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