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Old 08-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Howdy,

Brewing my first batch. I filled the fermenter Sunday afternoon after using John Palmer's instruction tweeks to the Brewer's Best English Brown Ale Kit.

I did a search of the forum so I know that no bubbling can be okay at this point (48 hours), but all of the instructions on when to transfer to the secondary fermenter seem to be predicated on when the bubbling slows/stops.

Like a dope, I didn't take a starting SG (didn't have the right type of beaker) so I'm not sure if a reading right now will help me.

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 08-02-2011, 09:53 PM   #2
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Take a reading now. Take a reading in three days. If its the same (and within style range) rack to secondary. Or do what most people here do, don't rack at all. Leave for two, three, dare I say four weeks. Then bottle.

Disclaimer: I am an UberNoob. Wait for more experienced replys. But I bet I'm right.

 
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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Leave alone for 2-3 weeks. I leave all mine minimum of 3 weeks. Take 1 reading each day for 3 days. If numbers don't change, do what you want next. I secondary if brew will ferment longer than 4 weeks.

 
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:21 PM   #4
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1510 hit the nail on the head, about the gravity not changing over a three day span, it doesn't really matter if you took an og reading or not.

BUT if you are an extract brewer, your OG will be what the recipe instructions say it will be, IF your volume that went into the fermenter is what the recipe calls for. If it's a 5 gallon batch, and you ended up with 5 gallons, then your gravity is what it says it will be. It's almost fool proof.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:09 AM   #5
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Leave it in your primary for 2-3 weeks, then bottle. What's the matter with you?

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:15 AM   #6
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Heed the words of wise Revvy...

Once you have a confirmed FG, TASTE IT... That will tell you when to bottle (no need to rack to 'secondary' for a brown ale, or ~95% of what people brew) it. If it doesn't taste great, give it more time. If it tastes 'yeasty' give it more time in primary. If it tastes solventy (alcohol flavor), leave it in primary. I wouldn't even look at it for at least 2-3 weeks.

After my first two batches, I've been using the long primary model. Going 4+ weeks for everything. Higher OG brews get more time on the yeast. Since doing that, every batch has been excellent. Of course this does mean you'll need more primaries, but that's not an issue, right?

Looking back, I WISH I had this advise on my first two batches... If I only knew then what I know now...
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:33 AM   #7
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Thanks for all of the excellent advice. If I were to distill of the advice (ha ha) it would be to leave it alone.

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:42 AM   #8
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That beer was also my first try at home-brewing. I do not ever remember seeing any bubbles in the airlock. I let it set in primary for 3 weeks took a gravity reading and it was exactly where it should have been. Beer turned out great, Drank all but the last two bottled trub (hops) in those : (

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:43 AM   #9
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Yup - I'd just cover it, and forget it for a few weeks, then check the FG.

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:59 AM   #10
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Or do what most people here do, don't rack at all. Leave for two, three, dare I say four weeks. Then bottle.
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