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Old 01-19-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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I have a batch of Pale Ale that I started Sunday at 7 P.M.
I took a gravity reading for the first time a few moments ago, out of curiosity and it is already at its Final Gravity. If I take a reading Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday and it is consistent, would I be able to bottle on Sunday?

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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Sure - the yeast has stopped doing its thing so I can't see any reason why you can't bottle if on Sunday.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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You could but I wouldn't. I would let it sit for another two weeks or so and let it clean up/age. The yeast continue to clean up after themselves and you will get a cleaner tasting beer if you let it hang out for awhile longer. (in my humble opinion, your mileage may vary, yadda, yadda, yadda...)
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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yup - 3 days of identical readings = fermenting is done and you can bottle (assuming you're not going to secondary). 4 days to FG is certainly do-able, however, there is no guarantee that your batch's FG is going to be exactly the same as what the recipe/beerkit/etc says it should be. because of variables in how you brewed you may well go lower - thus the importance of trusting several readings and not just one.

there is some advantage to waiting a bit after FG is achieved, to let the yeast clean up after itself... but if you're excited to get the stuff bottled up, go for it!
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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Even though it has reached its FG, it doesn't mean that nothing else is happening. 1 week is pretty minimal to leave it on the yeast cake. I would recommend leaving it in primary for at least 2 weeks to let the flavors come together. Regarding your gravity readings. I would just take a second reading a few days after the first to see if it has moved at all. You will just be wasting your beer if you sample 3 days in a row.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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It is my first brew so I am very anxious to get it bottled and ready to drink.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:59 PM   #7
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It is my first brew so I am very anxious to get it bottled and ready to drink.
Did you taste the sample? If so and you like it, go a ahead and bottle it. If you taste it and think some more time in the fermentor will do it some good, let it go another week.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:22 PM   #8
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Just leave it alone for 2 to 3 weeks. Active fermentation is over but it is not ready to be bottled yet.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:55 PM   #9
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I did taste it and it tastes pretty damn good to me.

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:07 AM   #10
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I would leave it for two weeks. It only takes a few days after final gravity for the yeast to do their clean up(assuming you did everything right), but even after that you'll still want the yeast to drop out suspension. Considering it's a pale and not a 1.1+ monster you'll probably be in good shape at two weeks. Of course take your gravity readings though.

 
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