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Old 01-25-2014, 11:24 AM   #11
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I was at final gravity for ~2 days at 35 degrees and my "krausen" (one giant yeast raft with a bit of foam residue on top) remained.

I racked underneath it and got very clear beer. Hit it with gelatin. surprised to find 48 hours later after carbonation in my keg, the first draft was a yeasty dirty mess, the following draft was seriously clear and it only improves as time passes :

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Old 01-25-2014, 09:01 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone. I'll leave this a few more days and then check for FG. I think I need to consider single stage fermenting in the future. I have some questions, but I'll start a separate thread on that topic rather than veer too far off topic on this one

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Old 01-25-2014, 09:41 PM   #13
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Funny I am having the same with sa05 on my last batch. Never had that happen on my previous dozen brews using that yeast. I actually started a similar thread.

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Old 12-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #14
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Its happening to me right now with the same yeast.

2row/munich20/crystal60/wheat malt/carafoam AG @ 1.056 and after 10days in and it looks like picture perfect krausen but none of the bubbles are popping.

I'm taking the 1st gravity reading tonight but I don't think its done yet. My airlock is still pushing the trap to the top after an hour or so.

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Old 12-01-2014, 07:22 PM   #15
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I use wyeast 1469 regularly now and krausen can stick around for 10 days or longer... More perma-krausen than us05. I just let it ride 2 weeks, 3 if necessary. Some recommend racking under the krausen but i think its best to let finish in its own time

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thanks for the quick responses everyone. I would like to leave it in the primary for the entire fermentation process... trouble is, my setup is best for 2stage fermentation. the primary lid isn't airtight, designed to be loose-fitted without an airlock. After primary slows, i've been told there's increased risk of infection and i should switch to a carboy with airlock. All the LHBS in town carry the same setup...
You are correct about switching to a carboy if you envision a long secondary. If it is just for a few more days you don't have to. That does not mean you can't, as long as you use good sanitary practices and don't splash the beer too much.
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You are correct about switching to a carboy if you envision a long secondary. If it is just for a few more days you don't have to. That does not mean you can't, as long as you use good sanitary practices and don't splash the beer too much.
I'm totally on board now with the primary only for most beers, and secondary only for long-term aging. I have a couple fermentors available now (close to a year since I made that post), so I no longer have to wait for one to finish before starting the next.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:24 PM   #18
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Glad I found this thread. I am doing a batch with S-05 and there is still a good krausen layer after 7 days. I wasn't planning on doing anything but waiting, but it is interesting that others are experiencing the same thing. I also noticed that this yeast was slow to take off despite rehydration. I am used to S-04 which basically kicks the door down immediately and then drops right off after a few days. I typically ferment at 18 Deg C.
In all honesty this isn't much more than a curiosity though. The hydrometer will tell what's what.

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