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Old 04-03-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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The bubbles have stopped on the lager im brewing and im a bit clueless as this is only my second brew and the other was a while ago. Although its stopped bubbling it is still very dark on top should this have cleared a bit or will the bottling do this. I probably shouldnt but i tasted a tiny swig and it was very flavorless is this normal befor secondary. Thanks folks

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Congrats on the first brew! Well, it shouldn't be flavorless- it should taste like flat beer. What was your recipe and your technique? That would help us give you some good advice.

Do you have a hydrometer? That is the best way to tell when fermentation is finished, and when you can rack or bottle.

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My Long Hammerish IPA tasted incredibly bland when I racked to secondary. I'd say it tasted like flat, flavorless beer :P I'm hoping the dry hopping will breath some life back into it.

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