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Old 03-25-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Wil kraussen fall after fermentation is done?

My beer has been in the primary for about 10 days. Yesterday I took a sample to check the gravity and it looked like the fermentation went fine as the OG was about 1.072 and the gravity reading yesterday was about 1.018.

However, there was still a layer of kraussen, or a yeasty like film about an 1/8 of an inch thick sitting on top of the beer. The beer smelt and looked fine under this layer, but I didn't do a taste test. I was just wondering if this layer of kraussen or whatever will fall to the bottom within another week or so? Is there anything I can do to help it along? Also, I will not be racking to a secondary.

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Old 03-25-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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I'd say that in a week this layer will disappear and you will have some tasty (and potent) beer!

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Old 03-25-2009, 04:40 PM   #3
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Sounds pretty normal on the layer on top. I've noticed that layer will submerge like a sinking ship, sometimes it just thins out. If you've been patient for 10 days, i'd say wait atleast 4 more to see what the layer does. Take another SG and if its stable then decide if your ready to bottle. If you aren't just enjoy the additional aging and clearing since you aren't going into a secondary.

Excellent gravity btw, What kind of beer are you brewing?

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Old 03-25-2009, 04:50 PM   #4
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I'm hoping it's like an amberish west coast IPA. I used a recipe in one of the books at the brew store that looked pretty good. The gravity readings probably aren't exact as I didn't do adjust it for the temps or anything, just what I saw from the two readings. May be off a few points either way.
Hope the stuff eventually falls like you guys are saying. I've got another ounce of hops I'm going to dry hope it with in the last 5 days or so, so I hope that stuff out of the way by then.

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with a SG that high and no secondary, i would recommend leaving it in the primary for a month. i've had great results doing this-the yeast really clean up after themselves well.
for the dry hop are you using pellets or leaf? if doing pellets you might want to look into one of those metal tea bag things to get them down to the bottom.

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My latest brew had quite a vigorous fermentation and the Krausen stayed on top of my beer for almost 3 weeks. I didn't think it would ever sink, but it did.

Give it time! Many wise folks on this site keep telling us that the yeast work on their own timetable, not the timetable we want them to work under.

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I have a one ounce hop plug that I am going to put inside a nylon paint strainer bag. I don't see why it would matter whether it was near the bottom or near the top though, as long as it was submerged in the beer. Seems it would have the same affect, and the beer will get mixed when I rack it to the bottling bucket.

I think waiting a full month might be beneficial as well. I think I need to start brewing another batch so I don't have to go this long without a homebrew again. My first 2 batches didn't last long enough.

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Give that fermenter a rocking back and forth some to agitate that krausen back down in to solution. Put that yeast back to work.

I'd say 3-4 weeks of primary time before you dry hop.

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Seriously? Should I worry about oxidation or whatever?

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No worries. Your carboy is chock full of CO2. Don't shake the bejeezus out of it. Just a gentle rocking back and forth.

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