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Old 08-17-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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I've got a braggot fermenting in secondary right now, yeast is WLP001. Reasonably high gravity (original SG was ~1.090). Activity had stopped on my airlock a week ago, so I got ready to bottle it. Gravity at that point was a hair over 1.020. I figured that was probably a little high, so I stirred the yeast up a bit and gave it another couple of days. No SG change, so I pitched some Champagne yeast, thinking maybe I'd killed the yeast with alcohol levels. A short time later I had some healthy activity. That was 5 days ago. It's still bubbling every 15 seconds or so, but I just checked the SG and it's still ~1.020. It tastes pretty good and much drier than I would expect for the gravity reading I'm getting. Anyone have any theories as to what might be going on here? I'm a bit confused.

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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I've had a few beers stop at 1.020, I don't know that its a deal breaker, if you're sure the SG is staying there for several days, maybe the remaining sugars aren't easily convertable by the yeast. I know honey especially has very complex sugars and that could be a factor. BUT that being said, you may want to double check and make sure nothings wrong w/ your hydrometer, do a check w/ 60deg water and see that its reading 1.000 or near that...
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I don't know what a braggot is, but I have made mead. It could take a month or two to ferment.

Yellow beer (pale ale) in keg

Chocolate stout In keg

Front Porch Porter in keg

weat beer and fruit in the conical

IPA of some kind on Deck!

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