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Old 01-19-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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I read many threads in the Ferm/Yeast forum about the worries of the yeast stalling, etc. I just wanted to share my quick story about my latest brew, an American IPA. Its actually the opposite of the usual, "why did my fermentation stop" thread.

On Saturday 1/7/12 I brewed this IPA (OG ~1.068) in the afternoon and pitched the yeast around 7PM. It was a Wyeast smackpack of 1056 american ale. I left it in the primary (bucket) in my 60 degree basement until 1/17/12. My plan was to put it in secondary (glass carboy) to hopefully produce a more clear brew. I typically just do primary with ales, but this had a lot more pellet hops than the amber I did a few weeks earlier so I was experimenting a little.

Upon opening the bucket there was still a fairly thick krausen and much was stuck to the sides of the bucket. I checked the gravity (~1.020) and transferred it to the glass at around 9PM on 1/17/12 leaving a fair amount trub in the bottom, but ultimately I was not being too anal b/c I knew I wanted to bring some of that good stuff into the secondary. I put it back in the 60 degree basement and at 8AM before I left for work I went back downstairs to find this:



Through this morning it is still going strong. Although longwinded, there is hope out there for you fellas whose yeast don't seem to be cooperating. Wyest 1056 smackpacks seem to enjoy 60 degrees just fine.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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I think you transferred too soon. Yeast was still working in primary.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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I concur. I think the original stalled a bit. Maybe check the gravity before transferring next time? I did the same thing with my last two beers. The ferm chamber controller was set improperly and the temp dropped. I transferred into secondary and it still had a ways to go. If I had known, I would have left them in the primary to finish up.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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I see exactly what you're saying.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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Any harm done you think?

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:25 PM   #6
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looks like its still working away...
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #7
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I believe its beyond saving....you ruined it....ship it to Montana...i'll get rid of it for ya.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:43 PM   #8
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Quote:
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I believe its beyond saving....you ruined it....ship it to Montana...i'll get rid of it for ya.
you got it man. i'll pm you my paypal. you want it sent priority?

 
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