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Old 08-05-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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Brewing only my second batch. Using extract. Followed the recipe Who's in the Garden Grand Cru in the Joy of Homebrewing book. This recipe is a Belgian Wit beer, with honey, coriander seed and orange peel.

I put it in the primary fermenter with a starting gravity of 1.051. The wort was a little warm when I pitched the yeast (Wyeast Belgium wit), 80 degrees.

This was almost 6 days ago. After 4 days the gravity was 1.044 and today (almost 6 days) the gravity is 1.0034. So it is still dropping and that is good. But it seems pretty slow. I think the book says it should drop to 1.011 (I might be wrong with that number).

It smells and tastes fine. There is a heavy head of krausen on top.

I plan to just wait it out, but anyone have any other thoughts? Does the honey slow the fermentation?

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Why does that seem slow to you? Wait at least two weeks for a beer of that SG before you even begin to concern yourself.

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++ yup, let 'er go. I just had a Hefe that took 15 days to finish fermenting. Patience is one of the most needed skills in this hobby!
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Good call on waiting it out since it's not really slow, sounds perfectly normal. Nice krausen at 6 days sounds good to me! Sounds like the temps dropped and the yeast are working well.
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