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Old 05-07-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default Day 11 -First time opening fermenter on first batch

EDIT: Sorry I meant to post this in the Beginner's Forum. If any Mods see this could you move it - Thanks


I opened my Ale fermenter last night for the first time since brew day (11 days ago) to take a gravity reading. Airlock activity has slowed to approx 1 gurgle every 90 seconds. Below is a top down view of what I saw when I opened the lid. I wasn't expecting this foam and I thought it would have all fallen back into the liquid by now. It looks slightly green in the picture but it was a cream/brown colour. Is this normal 11 days into fermentation ?







Secondly, when I took a sample below it was pretty cloudy and had a few little yeasty bits floating around. Reading Palmer I was expecting most of this to have settled by now and the beer to be clearer. The beer didn't taste too bad, quite bitter and what seemed like faint carbonation. When I dumped the sample there was a thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the glass. The gravity reading was 1.011. The instructions on my hydrometer say "don't bottle until it reaches 1.006 or the bottles WILL explode". Having looked up Palmer this seems to be nonsense as the FG for his Pale Ale is 1.010 - 1.015. Is this much cloudiness normal at this stage ? Does it suggest I should hold off on bottling ? Plan was for this Sunday at 15 days.


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Old 05-07-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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Give it another week, two if you can stand it. I learned the hard way that the best thing for your beer is time.

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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11 days is not surprising to have some fermentation still going on, depending on your ferm temp and how long it took the yeast to get going in the first place. If there's still foam on top I would leave it alone for at least a few more days to a week. Of course your only true measure will be hydrometer readings. Check it again in a few days, if the same as your previous reading, your fermentation is complete.

If you give it another week before bottling your beer will be fine. There's no rush to stop the yeast from working on your beer.

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:27 PM   #4
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+1 on let it rest

it will also help work out some of the bitterness you mentioned (it won't get rid of it all, but there should be a slight difference...if your pallette is very sensitive to bitterness)

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That looks just like my Pale Ale I have in primary right now (also batch #1). How did it taste? Mine tasted like beer-- warm, flat beer but, hey...it's beer!

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Did you take those pictures with an etch a sketch ? it Looks fine.

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That looks just like my Pale Ale I have in primary right now (also batch #1). How did it taste? Mine tasted like beer-- warm, flat beer but, hey...it's beer!
It tasted ok. Not exactly smooth but I suppose that's to be expected. At least there were no nasty flavours.
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Did you take those pictures with an etch a sketch ? it Looks fine.

Close!...taken with my Nokia phone. Must use my camera next time! Original plan was to bottle this Sunday. I'll check the clarity then and decide on bottling. Hopefully the extra 4 days will have made the difference.
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What does clarity have to do with when to bottle?

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What does clarity have to do with when to bottle?
I suspect the answer is: "nothing" and that I should go by the hydrometer.
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