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Old 03-18-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am currently having a go at brewing my first ale having inherited all of my grandfathers brewing equipment.


I am using a kit called 'Woodforde's sundew ale'. I have followed the instructions so far and I am about to bottle the beer. The recipe tells me that it should take 4-6 days to be ready to bottle or when the hydrometer reads below 1014 degrees. It has been going for 8 days now but is sitting around 1020 degrees. Is it ok to bottle it, or do I need to wait until it drops below 1014?

I'm hoping to nail this one and eventually move away from kits.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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I'd let it sit for more than 4-6 days (more like 3 weeks), but it is possible. Take hydrometer readings three days apart. If they are the same, you *should* be good to go. If you happened to let the temperature drop significantly, you may have stalled fermentation, but likely you are done where you are.

What is the temperature you fermented at? If it was in the yeast's ideal range, you are probably done.

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Old 03-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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Thanks,

The packet said 18-20 degrees Celsius. It was stored in my kitchen and will probably have fluctuated around those figures.

Can you put the hydrometer directly into the fermentation bin or do you have to syphon some off into the tube?

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If it hasn't stalled at 1.020,then I'd leave it sit till the 2 week mark,then do a hydrometer test to see if it's at projected FG. Then another 3-7 days after that to clean up fermentation by products & settle out clear or slightly misty.

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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Did you mean 3 to 7 days? The packet said 14 days once put in the bottles with sugar.

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Yep, he means 3-7 days but before bottling. Most kit recipe instructions rush the fermentation process which can lead to many problems including cloudy beer, under attenuation (not finished fermenting) and off flavors. Most of us on here that brew a fair amount leave beers in the primary fermentation vessel for at LEAST 3 weeks then check gravity. Then check a few days later and if it the same, feel comfortable bottling. Before bottling, many of us let it sit for a while longer to help the yeast settle out of the solution leaving a clearer beer.

After bottling, you need to give the bottles another 3 weeks to carbonate and condition. The hardest thing about this hobby is the patience it takes waiting the 6 weeks needed to let everything happen! It'll be worth it

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Yeah,I meant 3-7 days,I hit the wrong key. Doing so after FG is reached gives time for it to clean up fermentation by products,& settle out clear or slightly misty before racking to bottling bucket & bulk priming. Then 3-4 weeks to carbonate & condition @ 70F or a bit better. At least 1 week fridge time to settle any chill haze,& get co2 from the head space into solution.
Patience is rewarded with clear beer,good head & nice carbonation. 2 weeks fridge time gives thicker head,& longer lasting,fine bubbled carbonation.

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Thanks guys, I am happy to wait and get the ale right. I was more concerned that leaving it fermenting too long would ruin it.

Will give it another week or so and check it again.

Think I will use a keg next time, took me all of Sunday to sterilise the bottles.

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Thats a lot of good information! This site has me feeling like a pro lol! J/k! But with all the information here, im learning a lot! Thanks guys!

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Jez where abouts are you are you UK or US ? Do you have a thermometer so you can actually check the temp of the beer ? I am in the UK and recently struggled with getting an ale to ferment due to temperature I ended up with mine with a brew belt on next to a radiator sat on an Orr cut bit of carpet and some cardboard because my kitchen floor is tiled and you get cold transfer from the tiles to your fermenter.

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