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Old 10-28-2007, 11:00 AM   #11
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I take it you divide the fractional part of the OG (drop the 1. then divide).
My OG was 1.044, so I should be looking for 1.011, right?

You rack once the number is initially hit? Or do you wait for two readings a couple of days apart?

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:11 AM   #12
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Wait for the krausen to drop and some settling.
You are looking to leave as much trub behind as possible.

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:41 PM   #13
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Ive always gone by what my local brew supply store says which is transfer at least a day after it stops bubbleing completely in the lock. Never have had any probs with that and the beer always comes out great.. but I have my first stout in the primary atm and from reading this board Im wondering if I should let it sit longer before racking over? Its now at 6 days and still getting some action in the lock.

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:52 PM   #14
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Wait for the krausen to drop and some settling.
You are looking to leave as much trub behind as possible.
That's what I do. After a few batches, you just kind of know by looking at it. On fast ferments (hefe), I rack to secondary in a week. Most times it sits in primary for 10 days or 2 weeks depending on if I need my primaries for another batch.
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #15
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Hey Gang, My LHBS Guy tells me to NEVER leave a batch in the primary for more than 7 days.....Is he crazy?? His thinking is Something about off-flavors from the yeast cake??
I know this has been adressed a billion times, but I want to make GOOD beer.....
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:26 PM   #16
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He's not crazy. But he's wrong.

Yeasts can stay in primary a long, long, long time before autolosis. It's actually beneficial to leave it in primary a little bit longer because leaving it on the yeast cake forces the yeast to "clean up" after themselves. I usually leave it about 10 days if I'm using a clearing tank. Since I've got an Anchor Steam clone in primary right now and I'm using a lager yeast, I'm not even planning on looking at it for another week. (It's been in there a week already!).

If you're not using a clearing tank (secondary), then I'd recommend leaving it in the fermenter for 3 weeks before bottling.

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Hey Gang, My LHBS Guy tells me to NEVER leave a batch in the primary for more than 7 days.....Is he crazy?? His thinking is Something about off-flavors from the yeast cake??
I know this has been adressed a billion times, but I want to make GOOD beer.....
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I just bottled a Winterhook clone that I left in the primary for 28 days, mostly because I was too lazy to move it.

Guess what? Its wonderful! Crystal clear and no off-flavors. YMMV.
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First let krausen fall
Next look for stable Hydrometer reading

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Hey Gang, My LHBS Guy tells me to NEVER leave a batch in the primary for more than 7 days.....Is he crazy?? His thinking is Something about off-flavors from the yeast cake??
if you have a strong ale, you can actually stall the fermentation by transferring to soon.

as long as the yeast are active (and they can be for weeks) there is no problem leaving it in the primary. even after they've settled you could leave it a few more weeks.
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I'm guessing that the krausen hasn't fallen yet in my brew? Reason I ask is because it's been in the primary for 9 days (I know, that isn't that long).

So, once the krausen falls, should all of that foamy stuff be gone?
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