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Old 02-13-2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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I have an Amber Ale kit in primary right now. Extract kit. Today is the 14th day in primary. Fermentation temp has been a steady 66-68 degrees. OG was right where it needed to be. So I have checked the FG 3 times in the last 4 days and all 3 readings have been the same.. 1.018, however, the instructions say the FG should be 1.014-1.016. With the FG being higher than the kit states, will I have bottle bombs if I bottle now?



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Old 02-13-2010, 05:12 AM   #2
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Probably not. Your beer is pretty young and probably not cleared completely but your FG sounds like it's as low as it is going to get.



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I agree with Nurmey. You should be fine.

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Do you suggest I let it sit longer?

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Longer is always better.

I can be a bit impatient though. Usually I put half in the fridge and leave half out. That way when its time to drink the last half, they've been out another 2 to 3 weeks.

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Longer is always better.

I can be a bit impatient though. Usually I put half in the fridge and leave half out. That way when its time to drink the last half, they've been out another 2 to 3 weeks.

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Three or four weeks is good for clearing and aging but if you don't have a pipeline, it's very hard to be patient and wait. If you absolutely can't stand it any longer, everyone will understand if you bottle at two weeks.

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Ok.. so when if I have 48 bottle bombs in my girlfriends coat closet, will you come visit me at the hospital or even my grave? I have heard extract kits FG is a little higher then normal.. I think im gonna bottle in a few days and keep my fingers crossed because seriously, my girl will kill me.

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Well if you do have bottle bombs and your GF kills you, we want pictures. Obviously, we're only asking for them to prosecute your GF, of course. Heh, and if you don't have 48 bottle bombs, we all want a beer. Not to mention the fact that if either of you has a fat sister. . . .

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They won't explode. If your gravity is consistent and its close your just fine.

I've had 3 batches not hit the exact FG and none have exploded yet. Just don't put to much priming sugar in your mix and all will be well...



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