Just had a quick question concerning my 1st brew. While I have read in my "Joy of Homebrewing" book to "relax", I wanted to make sure I don't screw up this first brew.
I am brewing a Vanilla Hefeweizen (from a kit at homebrewheaven.com). It has been in the primary for 6 days now and is bubbling roughly every 1 to 1.5 minutes. The problem that I have is that the krauesen has not fallen yet. The fermentation was pretty aggressive for about 48-72 hours and has gradually slowed to its current point. There is a good amount (2" or so of trub settled out. The wort temp is 71 degrees and I used the Wyeast 368 liquid yeast packet. The SG was 1.056 and I am afraid to open the bucket to take a gravity reading, because it may either contaminate the wort or cause some of the krauesen to mix in with the beer. I read that the krauesen causes off flavors, so I don't want to do this if I can keep from it, but I'm kinda at a loss. So what do I do, wait a while longer to see if it falls, or use my racking cane to take a gravity reading?? Thanks in advance for the help.