Originally Posted by Dhruv6911
are you guys letting this hefe ferment out for 3 weeks? generally for me, my hefe is done in 3-4 days and the simply limeaide will be explosive and quick considering the increase in yeast density from the wort.
I'm just about to hit 1.5 weeks into fermentation so ill take a reading tomorrow.
Yes in general it is a good idea to leave an ale beer in a primary for 3 weeks...you can take readings and see that within 10 days you have made beer, however if stopped now, you would stop the conditioning phase which allow the yeast to slowly eat bi-products and meld the flavor profiles together....so again you could stop the beer in 10 days, 2 weeks and drink it...or you can go three weeks and have a more well defined beer!
As for the introduction of limeade....its a must to wait for the primary fermentation to slow down, if not the yeast will go crazy...in most cases this is 3-4 days...and by slow down, I mean less than 4 bubbles a minute and or very little visible movement in the wort. Now the limeade will still kick it back up, because Hefe IV is designed to work with higher protein beers and the pulp from the limeade contains about 6% protein and 28% sugar...so it will be like taking a defibrillator to a failing heart!