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Old 03-08-2006, 03:11 AM   #1
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On Batch #4 Brewed on Sunday. Almost 6 hours later, I got a vigorous ferment going. By the mon. morning, there was about 1"of Krausen at the top. I though everything was going great. However, today after work, the Krausen was near gone, and activity has slowed considerably. There is still quite a bit of circulation going, but not near as vigorous as the 1st 3.

I used a German/Holsh Yeast, and pitched at 70 deg. , it is now at 68 deg.

Any thoghts (Is this a stuk ferment?)

Or, are some yeasts not as vigorous/active as others?

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Old 03-08-2006, 03:22 AM   #2
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Likely near done, not stuck...sounds like your yeast was plenty vigorous.

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Likely near done, not stuck...sounds like your yeast was plenty vigorous.
After 2 days?
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What was your OG, and what is it now?

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After 2 days?
Sure, sometimes it just happens fast. Like Sam said a gravity reading will tell, but if you had good krauzen and good bubbles for a day and then it started to slow down, chances are good that fermentation is nearly done, IMHO.
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OG 1.064...haven't taken 2nd measurement yet. Didn't want to inerrupt whatever fermentation I had left.

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You won't interrupt anything. Just keep your stuff sanitary when you take a sample.

If it looks like it's stalled out, just give your fermenter a swirl to revive the yeast a little.

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I will take a reading tomorrow. I already gave it a swirl, what about temp. Will raising it up a few degees, maybe 70 kick start some more activity.

I am baseing this on my past 3 attempts, which I had a solid 3 days of vigerous fermentation, and about 3" of Krausen (blew off on 1st).

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I will take a reading tomorrow. I already gave it a swirl, what about temp. Will raising it up a few degees, maybe 70 kick start some more activity.

I am baseing this on my past 3 attempts, which I had a solid 3 days of vigerous fermentation, and about 3" of Krausen (blew off on 1st).
Warming things up might kickstart activity if there's any left to be kickstarted, but if it's near done you won't be helping anything by doing that. Your hydrometer will likely confirm what your beer is trying to tell you.

Each beer is different...just because you've had 3 in a row that fermented for 3 days doesn't mean that the next one will...it might take a day, it might take two weeks. RDWHAHB.
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Well, I was afraid of this...SG reading was1.036 down from 1.064. Should be around 1.014.

Now I am getting a bubble every 30 seconds with, and the circulation is gone..now just sttling.

Should I re-pitch?

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