3 weeks - still fermenting? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > 3 weeks - still fermenting?

Thread Tools
Old 01-23-2010, 08:11 PM   #1
Jan 2010
St Paul MN
Posts: 1

I have a boulevard wheat clone that's been in primary fermentation for nearly three weeks and am starting to be concerned as usually my batches are ready for bottling after 2 weeks. This batch still has a layer of foam on top and the airlock is still gradually bubbling. Normally I'd just let the thing sit and do it's thing until it's done and ready for bottling. However as I said it appears to still be going after 3 weeks. What's concerning me even more is the fact that there's more yeast at the bottom of the carboy than any batch I've every done. Long story short I'd like to get some input on what to do here. Should I just go ahead and bottle or should I let it keep sitting in primary fermentation until things have "settled"? I should mention that it's sitting in my basement during wintertime which means colder temperatures, though that has never seemed to effect any previous batches. Suggestions?

Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2010, 08:16 PM   #2
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
Revvy's Avatar
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,921
Liked 3198 Times on 1886 Posts

Have you taken a hydro reading yet? THat's really the only way to know what it's doing.

I have a wit beer that I pitched yeast on Dec. 26th, that STILL had a 2" krausen on it three weeks later. I took a grav reading and it had reached terminal gravity, 1.010.

The yeast I pitched was from bottle harvested hoegaarden yeast. I had capture the yeast from a dozen bottles back in late summer and jarred a bunch of it. Then a few days before brewday on this wit, I made a starter with two mason jars worth of the yeast.

I gently swirled it on monday and let the krausen fall through. I am going to bottle it this weekend.
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:15 AM   #3
Apr 2008
Western Wisconsin
Posts: 124

Take a gravity reading or wait it out, but don't bottle until it is finished.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fermenting for two weeks, and still krausen. Cheesefood Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 11-24-2011 10:49 PM
Over 3 weeks and still fermenting... spbrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 07-25-2009 02:08 PM
Fermenting again after 3 weeks toastermm General Beer Discussion 4 08-20-2008 07:31 PM
beer still fermenting after 2 weeks Goon Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 01-26-2008 10:01 PM
Still fermenting after 3 weeks AleHole General Techniques 6 02-09-2007 05:09 AM

Forum Jump