Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Stubborn Kraeusen
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-09-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
Wingy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 96
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Stubborn Kraeusen

I've been fermenting a wit for 3 weeks now and it's got a really stubborn kraeusen - there's still some foam/kraeusen left on the top even tho the SG has been stable at 1.008-1.010 for the past 2 days. Sample tastes great and I'd like to get it into bottles soon - is it OK to rack from under the kraeusen or should I just wait a few more days for it to fall? Thanks!


Wingy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 35,066
Liked 3015 Times on 2601 Posts
Likes Given: 2134

Default

Maybe try giving it a light stir to help it settle? Just don't whip it good...easy shake...go fo it...it's not too late!


__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:07 PM   #3
AR-Josh
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pasadena, MD
Posts: 323
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have the same issue right now. My plan is to rack from under the krausen if it doesn't fall on it's own in a day or two. Sample tasted good. What does allowing the krausen to fall on it's own buy you anyway? What would it hurt to just rack from under it?
AR-Josh is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:17 PM   #4
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 35,066
Liked 3015 Times on 2601 Posts
Likes Given: 2134

Default

As long as the FG is stable over 2-3 days,you could go ahead & rack it. Is there yeast,etc settled on the bottom?
__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:22 PM   #5
Gunfighter04
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sugar Grove, Pa
Posts: 339
Liked 20 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Break it up gently with a sanitized spoon, give it a couple days and it should fall. If not Rack from beneath it
__________________
WOODY: Hey, Mr. Peterson, there's a cold one waiting for you.
NORM: I know. If she calls, I'm not here.

Keg1: Edmund Fitzgerald Clone
Keg2: Innis and Gunn Clone
Bottled: Belgian Strong
Primary: Southern Pecan Ale
Gunfighter04 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:30 PM   #6
badmajon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Lincoln, United Kingdom
Posts: 841
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Just rack it. If it tastes good, then there's no problem.... right?
badmajon is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:33 PM   #7
ArcaneXor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,561
Liked 113 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

The kraeusen will fall eventually by itself. Some strains are notorious for for having a kraeusen that sticks around for long; these seem to be powdery yeasts that do not flocculate well. Sometimes, gentle agitation can accelerate the process. I would let the beer sit for a few days after the kraeusen falls to give the yeast a chance to settle out to the bottom.
ArcaneXor is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:34 PM   #8
jsweet
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 810
Liked 27 Times on 25 Posts

Default

Isn't this normal for a top-cropping yeast, like most Belgian Wit yeasts?

(I'm a n00b to this myself... in fact I have my first beer using a Belgian Wit yeast fermenting right now, 7 days in primary so far... so I don't know, but that's what I heard, is that with top-cropping yeasts, the krausen basically just sits there indefinitely, because it's not really krausen, it's a yeast colony...?)
jsweet is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:37 PM   #9
JonK331
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 2,101
Liked 32 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

You can either wait, cold crash (if you can), or just slightly break the surface tension to help the Krausen drop.
JonK331 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2011, 04:43 PM   #10
ArcaneXor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,561
Liked 113 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
Isn't this normal for a top-cropping yeast, like most Belgian Wit yeasts?

(I'm a n00b to this myself... in fact I have my first beer using a Belgian Wit yeast fermenting right now, 7 days in primary so far... so I don't know, but that's what I heard, is that with top-cropping yeasts, the krausen basically just sits there indefinitely, because it's not really krausen, it's a yeast colony...?)
Kraeusen is (mostly) yeast. Most yeasts will form a kraeusen during active fermentation, but they tend to fall within a few days once the fermentation slows down with flocculant strains. Less flocculant strains sometimes persist for days to weeks after active fermentation is done. It doesn't hurt anything (in fact, it protects the beer), but it can be annoying if you are trying to turn the beer over quickly.


ArcaneXor is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stubborn deposits/stains on glass carboy supermoth Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 05-05-2011 03:23 PM
stubborn krausen // is this normal?? Cranny04 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 04-12-2011 05:09 PM
A Stubborn Old Brewer? greenfrog5 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 44 12-08-2010 08:10 AM
Stubborn scorch mark android Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 05-08-2009 05:00 AM
Kraeusen?? skeletor Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 11-05-2008 05:25 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS