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Old 05-30-2008, 09:18 AM   #1
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I have a Hef in my primary its been in there since saturday 17th. It has very little foam on top.And i messed btw and did not take O.G either. Well my main question is should I bottle asap or wait till all the foam on top settles???

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Old 05-30-2008, 09:50 AM   #2
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From what I have learned so far is, that with a Hef 10 days in the primary is the "Target". I would grab a hydro sample and take a SG reading and see what it is today, and the next few days. Here is a post on my upcoming Hef brew This is only my third batch so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I bet that its not ready yet.

What style did you do? German, American? I would like to see you recipe.

What did you ferment in, a bucket or a carboy with a blow off tube? I will be doing mine in an ale pale with an airlock.

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Old 05-30-2008, 10:35 AM   #3
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Never ever bottle less than a week after fermentation starts! Ever!!@ You will get bottle grenades from incomplete fermentation. Wait until the krausen settles, then do the hydrometer readings several days apart like the mad hatter suggested.

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Old 05-30-2008, 12:39 PM   #4
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I like to wait def. after krausen settles and about 3 days after that so the yeast can clean up after themselves. Be patient.

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Give it 2 full weeks before you start worrying about it. Then take your reading and then another 2 days later. If it is stable and in the neighborhood of your target FG go ahead and bottle.

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Old 05-30-2008, 04:12 PM   #6
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THANKS GUYS...That was quick!

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I don't know if it is different for Hef's but with my ales I've been leaving them up to a month in primary, then bottling, and my beers have stepped up a notch in terms of clarity and crispness in flavors. The yeasties do a great job of cleaning up after themselves.

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From what I have learned so far is, that with a Hef 10 days in the primary is the "Target". I would grab a hydro sample and take a SG reading and see what it is today, and the next few days. Here is a post on my upcoming Hef brew This is only my third batch so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I bet that its not ready yet.

What style did you do? German, American? I would like to see you recipe.

What did you ferment in, a bucket or a carboy with a blow off tube? I will be doing mine in an ale pale with an airlock.
Its a american Hef. Im using a glass carboy I didn't need blow off. and the recipe is this:

6 lbs Malt Wheat Extract.
1oz #1Mt.Hood (4.6%) 60min
Yeast: Whitelabs WLP320 American Hefeweizen
65-75 Fermenting Degrees F.

I didn't take one but I should have
S.G 1.044
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I let my hefe sit in primary for three weeks before bottling, partly due to laziness. I popped open my one week tester and it was very tasty. Leaving it alone can only help.

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Since it is a wheat, no need to go to secondary. I'll echo what others say- Let it sit in there at least two weeks before bottling. Your beer will taste and look better sooner after bottling.

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