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Old 10-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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I have two brews in primary currently since 21 and 22 september(my second and third homebrews ever). An Imperial Stout and an Arrogant Bastard clone. After reading a ton of threads on here i have decided to skip the secondary fermentation and keep in primary for approx 4-6 weeks to let it come together. Is it wrong to assume that my target SG SHOULD have been met by then? Should I check SG now and again when ready to bottle, or just wait until ready to rack? First gravity reading were 1.080 and 1.090. thanks to all who help

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I still check at the end of my time in primary, before I bottle. I never assume anything.

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I still check at the end of my time in primary, before I bottle. I never assume anything.
I hear ya, but do you take reading in between or just check gravity at the end?
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You should take at least 2 readings 3 days apart to ensure it is still not dropping

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I hear ya, but do you take reading in between or just check gravity at the end?
It's up to you....A gravity reading is to answer guestions you have about the beer, mainly where it's at. It's your diagnostic tool.

If you have a suspicion, if you're worried about something, if you need your mind appeased about something, then yeah.

But if you trust your yeast, if you've pitched plenty of it, and aerated....in other words given your yeast everything it needs to do it's job then, then no.....

For normal beers, and normal situations, I pitch and walk away for a month, then take a grav reading and bottle. But if I'm doing something special, or different, then I might.

It really depends on the situation and the brew.
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thanks to the both of yall Im gonna check to ease my mind

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+1 to Revvy's post. No need to risk infecting a batch unless you have a concern over something.

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dang! was just curious as where i was. maybe ill wait. dont really have any concerns

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dang! was just curious as where i was. maybe ill wait. dont really have any concerns
If you're curious, then do it.....that's the point of them.
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I would definitely take one, just wait a couple more weeks. With proper sanitation, infections are rare.

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