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Old 06-29-2010, 03:05 AM   #1
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my beer is in the fermenter and the airlock has totally stopped bubbling... its been a little over 72 since it first started bubbling...i checked the gravity and its right where it should be what should i do...also there is a greenish layer on top...is this normal



 
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:08 AM   #2
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Yes it's normal. Fermentation can finish fast. If the "green" layer seems like a layer of boogers then you're on the right track. I let my ales sit for 10-12 days regardless. I've racked after 72 hours as well. RDWHAHB!



 
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:09 AM   #3
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Step away from the beer!

It's fine. The airlock is in no way a good indicator of the fermentation progress, and you'll see lots of weird or gross looking stuff on or in your beer at this point. Close the lid and let it sit for another week. Then take a gravity reading. Then wait another day or two and take one more just to be sure it isn't changing. At this point you have the option of letting it sit for yet another week (for best results) or transferring to bottles if you're so inclined.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:36 AM   #4
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thanks for responding so quick...im so anxious to get it bottled

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:40 AM   #5
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To be safe just send me the beer for proper testing and I'll tell you if did it right.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:46 AM   #6
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thanks for responding so quick...im so anxious to get it bottled
Don't worry, we've all been there. I remember my first few batches. I had everything outlined on a calendar before I even actually brewed the beer! It's so exciting and there's so much anticipation it's hard to control it.

But rest assured, if you can be a little patient, your efforts will be rewarded. If you want wait 7 days, make it 10. If you can make it 10 days, make it 14. Do whatever you have to to give that beer the time it needs to finish properly and you will be rewarded when it is finally time to drink the fruits of your labor.

Rather than obsess over the beer you just brewed, get going on another one. It will not only take your mind off of the beer you have fermenting, but it will get your pipeline going, which you'll surely be thankful for once you taste how great your beer is.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:03 AM   #7
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yeah i think im going to do a hefeweizen next...what do you guys think...is that ok for my second batch?

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:04 AM   #8
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i like the thought totem haha...as soon as its done you will be the first to know how good it is my friend

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:07 AM   #9
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Hefeweizens are great for beginners because they are a bit forgiving to newbie mistakes. For one, they tolerate, and may even prefer higher fermentation temps. Second, they are often best enjoyed young, so the impatient brewer who wants to tap into their bottles after just two weeks may feel the beer tastes perfect.

So, I'd say go for it. A hefe is probably a great second brew given it's summer and you're still a new brewer

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:12 AM   #10
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then hefe it is...this site is sweet thanks for all the help...i will definitely post pics when my red ale in done



 
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