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Old 01-03-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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I'm brewing my first batch, a saison. The recipe says:

"Ferment until head falls (3-5 days) transfer to carboy leaving sediment behind and ferment until FG is reached."

SG = 1058-1062
FG = 1010-1012

When I measured it before pitching the yeast it measured 1054. After 4 days I checked the primary and the head still looked pretty significant. Now it's 6 days out and there is still a pretty decent 1/3 inch froth on top. It measured 1010 with the hygrometer today.

Seems like the SG was a bit low and it's at FG already. What to do now? Wait until the head falls completely? Rack to secondary? Need some advice here, thanks!

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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Leave for another week to two! Relax.

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #3
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or three!

those kit instructions are ball$ when it comes to fermentation times. 3-4 weeks in primary (secondary optional) is a much better practice.
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Yea, ignore that. Leave it in primary for 5-7 days after FG is reached.

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Horrible Kit Instructions Strike Again! No real reason for a secondary with a saison, I dont think. Take the time it says to secondary, add it to your primary and leave it all in one bucket for the whole time.

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:19 PM   #7
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Ok, thanks for the replies everyone. Even though it's only been about a week the gravity seems to be already within range of the FG. Should it be lower because the OG was lower? Am I waiting a few weeks now for the yeast to clean up? Also, is there any danger leaving on the trub or in plastic for too long? Thanks!

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kits are designed for people to get a drinkable product asap...to make it seem easy and fast. slow and steady always wins the race.

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What to do now?
If you need to do something, then start another batch.
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