Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Falling Krausen
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-12-2006, 04:43 AM   #1
mcaustin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Anchorage
Posts: 182
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Falling Krausen

Ok, so I brewed last Sunday, and my wheat brew has been in my primary carboy since then. The airlock activity has now slowed down to about 2 bubbles per minute.

I've been searching through threads about when to rack to secondary, and keep reading that I need to wait for the krausen to fall. I still have about 1/2" of foam/krausen in the top.

Here's my question: When the krausen falls, does the foam completely go away? Has my fermentation slowed down enough after almost 7 days to rack to secondary?

Thanks!

Austin


__________________

Stubby Muzzle Brewing Pic Gallery


In the shoot: Mcaustin's Stout
On Tap: Warm AK Nights Barleywine

Posted Recipes: Mocha Stout, Bosco's Dry Hopped Black IPA
mcaustin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2006, 05:00 AM   #2
Carne de Perro
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 131
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

The foam doesn't always go away completely, I recently completed a batch of Mild that went to secondary with some foam remaining on top. It spent 10 days in secondary and the foam never returned. Wheat beers usually have strong heads, what's left of the krausen in your primary is normal.


Carne de Perro is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2006, 05:26 AM   #3
mcaustin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Anchorage
Posts: 182
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

So with the time that it's spend in primary and the slowed down bubbling, do you think it'd be ok to rack to secondary?
__________________

Stubby Muzzle Brewing Pic Gallery


In the shoot: Mcaustin's Stout
On Tap: Warm AK Nights Barleywine

Posted Recipes: Mocha Stout, Bosco's Dry Hopped Black IPA
mcaustin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2006, 05:31 AM   #4
todd_k
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
todd_k's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: RVA
Posts: 2,650
Liked 29 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

I normally let it stay in the primary for 7 days, if there is still krausen on top I will wait another day to transfer it to the secondary. Normally, the extra day is enough time to for the krausen to go away and leave a few bubbles behind. Also, 2 bubbles per minute is usually a good sign to transfer. Just be careful that after you transfer, fermentation doesn't start up again and blow off the carboy cap. You may want to put the airlock on the secondary for a day or so just be sure.
__________________
Primary:
Secondary:
Kegged: Smokier Smoked Porter
todd_k is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,674
Liked 142 Times on 134 Posts

Default

Wheats have strong head retention & a krausen is just a big head. I'd say you're good to go, based on time and bubble rate. I'd take a gravity just to be certain.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2006, 06:07 PM   #6
mcaustin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Anchorage
Posts: 182
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Ok, I just took a gravity reading and it was 1.011... just below the 1.012 specified by the kit instructions so I think I'm good to go for racking to secondary.

Austin
__________________

Stubby Muzzle Brewing Pic Gallery


In the shoot: Mcaustin's Stout
On Tap: Warm AK Nights Barleywine

Posted Recipes: Mocha Stout, Bosco's Dry Hopped Black IPA
mcaustin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2006, 12:17 PM   #7
WAGNER BREWING
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Front Royal, Virginia
Posts: 75
Default

Then looks like you are ready to Rock on! Let us know how it turns out and congrats on your first batch!


__________________
Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. -- The Bible, Proverbs, Chapter 31 verse 6 and 7

Primary #1: I'll be Bock

Primary #2: Ash Red Lager

Secondary: Empty

Bottled: Rengaw Leaf Stout

Up Next: Unsure...

Thinking About: Banana Spice(?), Scottish Ale
WAGNER BREWING is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Krausen not falling atxstanley Extract Brewing 16 01-25-2012 10:03 PM
Krausen not falling out? Turner_Brown All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 04-10-2009 04:44 PM
Krausen Not Falling michael.berta All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 7 03-08-2009 07:22 PM
Krausen Falling Question ChefMichael01 General Beer Discussion 0 02-06-2009 04:02 PM
Krausen not falling? frothdaddy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 08-31-2007 05:06 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS