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Old 02-16-2010, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Chico Still Going... 8 Days Later... Problem?

I brewed a 1.050 american and 1.050 belgian pale ale on 2-7-10. Used chico for the american and ardennes for the belgian. Chico fermented at 62-64 deg for 6 days, the belgian at 72 deg for 6 days. The belgian blew its lid 4 days into ferm and sprayed the room with yeasties. By day 6, the belgian was clearing up nicely. I then ramped both brews up by 4 deg, hoping to clear the chico. The chico is still going today, not clearing up and with a very slight, foamy krausen on it, and the body is still very light-colored. Normally, I wouldn't care, but I'm brewing for a comp and need to secondary and dry-hop soon.

What's taking so long?!? Is it my low ferm temps or could the belgian blow-off somehow interferred? Or... is it something entirely different?

Thanks for any input.


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Old 02-16-2010, 03:21 AM   #2
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i always got a full fermentation from us05 in about 5 days...well atleast the krausen would be down. between week 1 and 2 the gravity would only go down by .02 usually.

have you measured the gravity yet?


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not yet. I know it fermented - had a beautiful 3" krausen on it for 4-5 days. It just won't go away and the beer won't clear.
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I have had this same issue recently. I have been fermenting low, at 64, so fermentation has gone on longer, and the krausen has been dropping after 2 weeks, and clears within a few days after that. Be patient, it will drop and clear.
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