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Old 12-31-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default First Batch - Should be fermented, Gravity way off

Well all signs of fermentation seem to have stopped. As some of you may be aware, fermentation was so intense the day after brewing that it blew my air lock across the room. Fermentation started for sure, I'm just not sure that it has finished.

Yesterday I took a gravity reading, and again today. They showed about the same gravity which begins to tell me that fermentation has stopped or is slowing. Below is a picture of the hydrometer. I want to make sure I am not reading it wrong. FYI, this is an American Wheat

The scale is 1 point whatever you see in the picture (Looks like 1.21 to me)

The beginning gravity wasn't even supposed to be this high, so I'm confused.



Sorry it's hard to read.

This is what my bucket looked like.






Since I am new to this, I am not sure what this process is supposed to look like.

The temperature inside the bucket is 63.


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Old 12-31-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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I think we need more info: What is the intended brew? Recipe? OG? How long has it been fermenting? With more info, someone here should be able to help.


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It's 1.021.
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The beginning gravity wasn't even supposed to be this high, so I'm confused.
1.021, you missed a decimal place. ;-)

What was the grain bill and what yeast was used? Do you know the OG?
I wouldn't fret just yet. (Rhyme time)
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I didn't take an OG reading, however it is supposed to be between 1.049 - 1.051

Final Gravity is supposed to be 1.012 - 1.014

I did a 1 1/2 gallon boil for 30 minutes. I used two cans of unhopped wheat ME, hop pellets (1 oz), and an ale yeast. Hops at beginning of boil.

After boil, filled fermentation bucket up to 5 gallons with cold water.

I pitched 5 days ago. Not even 24 hours after pitching, the airlock blew off. Fermentation was much slower after that.
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When I had the lid off, I could see a few very small bubbles coming from the wart every once in a while.

Maybe I'll give it another day or two and see if I can get the FG where it needs to be.
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Yeah, it's still a little high. Do you happen to recall what yeast you pitched? Either way, I would suggest giving the bucket a shake and see if fermentation doesn't pick back up.
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This was the kit I used.
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It looks like you have some time to wait still. Five days in Primary is where things start to slow down to a crawl. If after 21 days in Primary you're at 1.020, I'd worry, but it'll take another week at least to get down those last few points and stay there. I normally will bottle after 21 days, but never before.
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From what I hear, a lot of extract kits finish or get stuck at 1.020. Just let it sit in your primary for 3-4 weeks total and then bottle


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