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Old 08-02-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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I am fairly new to brewing but I have done enough batches that I have seen a pattern. But I have a different pattern with my Midwest Cerveza Kit. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/mexican-style-cerveza-20-minute-boil-kit.html

So my question is not really about the time because I know I can give it more time, but here is what is going on.

I made the kit and had it in my primary for 11 days. The fermentation had stopped for about 2 days. At this point the beer was acting normal but was not very clear (did have a yeast cake on the bottom). I was thinking it was because of the 20 min boil kit. So I moved to to my secondary. It started to clear (normal) and on day 4 in the secondary it started to look like it was going backwards (not as clear). Now on the 6th day in the secondary (15th day total). I have bubbles in my air lock again.

Let me know what you think. I was going to just give it more time but let me know.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:53 PM   #2
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Any gravity measurements? What has the temp been?



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+1 to the above. Gravity measurements are the only way to tell with certainty whether the beer is done fermenting. Airlock activity could simply be due to CO2 escaping, which happens often, especially if the beer warms up and it only takes a degree or two.

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OG was 1.056
FG (if you want to call it that) 1.010 for 50+ hours so moved to secondary.
Temp as been 70 degrees the whole time. It is in a room that doesn't change temp.

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OG was 1.056
FG (if you want to call it that) 1.010 for 50+ hours so moved to secondary.
Temp as been 70 degrees the whole time. It is in a room that doesn't change temp.
It varies by yeast strain, but in my (limited) experience, fermenting down to 1.010 from 1.056 is not at all unusual. That this FG held for 50+ hours (two days) further reinforces this thinking.

If it were my brew, I'd take one more reading, and if it's holding at 1.010, I'd bottle it up.
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It varies by yeast strain, but in my (limited) experience, fermenting down to 1.010 from 1.056 is not at all unusual. That this FG held for 50+ hours (two days) further reinforces this thinking.

If it were my brew, I'd take one more reading, and if it's holding at 1.010, I'd bottle it up.
So what do think is causing all the bubbles in my air lock. It bubbles every ten seconds. So I have a lot of gas releasing.
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It's most likely off gassing from racking/moving it. Temperature of the beer. Atmospheric pressures. Airlock activity is really only an indication your airlock is working. It really has no bearing on level of fermentation going on in the fermenter. It just opens when pressure inside exceeds the outside pressure. Which can happen for a wide range of variables. At 1.010 I believe your fermentation is over.

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I am fairly new to brewing but I have done enough batches that I have seen a pattern. But I have a different pattern with my Midwest Cerveza Kit. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/mexican-style-cerveza-20-minute-boil-kit.html

So my question is not really about the time because I know I can give it more time, but here is what is going on.

I made the kit and had it in my primary for 11 days. The fermentation had stopped for about 2 days. At this point the beer was acting normal but was not very clear (did have a yeast cake on the bottom). I was thinking it was because of the 20 min boil kit. So I moved to to my secondary. It started to clear (normal) and on day 4 in the secondary it started to look like it was going backwards (not as clear). Now on the 6th day in the secondary (15th day total). I have bubbles in my air lock again.

Let me know what you think. I was going to just give it more time but let me know.

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Decided to bottle today (day 20). Not as much gas in my airlock but when bottle had a very strong green apple smell. Let me know what you think now. Sometime wrong or not enough time or what?
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"Tastes/Smells Like:
Green apples, rotten-apples, freshly cut pumpkin
Possible Causes:
Acetaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical produced by yeast during fermentation.
It is usually converted into Ethanol alcohol, although this process may take longer in
beers with high alcohol content or when not enough yeast is pitched. Some bacteria
can cause green apple flavors as well.
How to Avoid:
Let the beer age and condition over a couple months time. This will give the yeast
time to convert the Acetaldehyde into Ethanol. Always use high quality yeast and make
sure you are pitching the correct amount for the gravity of the wort or make a yeast
starter."

This is from morebeer.com, it sounds to me that there may have been some issue with your yeast. But it is something that can be mended with some time to age out. I'd recommend letting it stay in secondary for a good while. Possibly two months and just use a wine thief and keep checking how it tastes/smells. Good luck.

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But now it is bottled, so will it age in the bottles as well?



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