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Old 07-28-2010, 01:35 AM   #1
Jan 2010
Bargersville, Indiana
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I brewed my first GF beer back on the evening of the 17th.
5.5# White Sorghum Syrup
1# Brown Rice Syrup
1# Buckwheat Honey
3 additions of Cascade
1.5 packs of Notty

With Notty, I am used to seeing some fairly vigorous fermentation after 12-18 hours, continuing for 3-5 days, then settling down considerably.
This GF beer started out slowly perking away and still is.
My temp has been maintaining around 68 degF in a water bath, due to the summer heat.
Is this fermentation action normal in GF beers?
Thanks in advance for any comments.

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Old 07-28-2010, 02:28 AM   #2
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Jul 2009
Park Ridge, IL
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That's how all of mine have been I haven't noticed any crazy activity in my brews that others might notice in their regular beers. That's just me though, maybe some of the other's have had some crazy ones?
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
Jun 2010
Halfmoon, NY
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I am only on batch #2 but mine have been similar.
My temp is a steady 71 in the basement.

Steady action for several days, nothing vigorous.

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Old 07-28-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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Sounds more to do with your honey than anything else. Honey is completely devoid of nutrients and is difficult for yeast to chew through. You can drop a tablespoon of yeast nutrient in to compensate for this, or you can just let it chew along slowly, either will work fine with that level of sorghum.

I have not noticed any significant differences between GF and Glutenous fermentations, although I haven't used any of the crazy exploding yeasts in GF beers either. Notty for me does not make this list, it seems like a fairly standard fermenter to me.

And for the solely GF brewers, on my glutenous ale brews, I usually see about 5 day long ferments, and usually nothing too vigorous. I use 10 or so different yeasts. The wheat beer ones explode and are done after 36 hours. My GF brews might take 6 days, but nothing I would call abnormal. I have used honey in a few ferments and they have always been slower however.

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