Ack... My first post is an "I broke my beer" post.
So… I had water in the basement a few months back and while cleaning the mess came across my copy of The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing (first edition). This prompted a run to the brew and grow store and restarted my interest in home brewing. I grabbed some equipment to complete my previous collection and 2 Brewers Best kits to start with.
The first kit I started with was a German Altbier Style. I followed the directions to the “T” and pitched the yeast into a starting gravity of 1.046 around 9:00 P.M. The following morning I had a gurgle a second into my blow off container and an inch of krausen in the carboy. Life is good!
4 Days later all activity had stopped and I took a reading of 1.022. Two days after that I took another reading of 1.022. Ok… I figured things had slowed a touch and I’d rack to a secondary to see if a little agitation would wake up the yeasties. 3 days later and I’m still at 1.022. The recipe says my target is 1.008 – 1.014
My beer is broken…
I’ve been reading the forum for the last 2 weeks and I have a few ideas of what caused my problem. I’m guessing I didn’t aerate well enough. I had a 2-gallon boil and poured through a strainer into 3 gallons of bottled water. I didn’t do anything other than that to aerate. I followed the directions to start the dry yeast (Don’t recall the type) and pitched it into a temperature around 70. I aerated the snot out of my second batch (an IPA) in the same conditions as the previous beer and it was blowing off a 6.5-gallon carboy filling the headspace with krausen.
So, What to do???
Pitch new dry yeast hoping the oxy reserves in the yeast will be enough?
Wait until my IPA is done and dump the stalled Altbier on the yeast cake?
What would you folks recommend?