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Old 01-28-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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I am making a porter with a OG of 1.045 and a FG of 1.014. Everything went fine during brewing. Pitched 1 packet of dry ale yeast. After 2 weeks in primary I took my first hydrometer reading today and it is at 1.022. Any reason for concern? Should I give it more time? Shake it up a bit? Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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If this is from extract your gravity may be close but another possibility is that you are fermenting a little cool and the yeast quit too soon. Try putting your beer in a warmer location and give the fermenter a little swirl to rouse the yeast. Leave it a few more days and check the gravity again.

 
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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Nothing to worry about,it's just not done yet. Give it at least another week,& check it again. Not all ferments are going to be done & clear in 10 or 12 days.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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Test it again in 2 days. If the reading is the same, it's done fermenting.

Nothing wrong with letting it go a little longer in the primary.

It may take a little longer for the yeast to finish it's work, depending on the type of yeast, how you pitched it, and what your fermentation temp is.

 
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:05 PM   #5
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If this is from extract your gravity may be close but another possibility is that you are fermenting a little cool and the yeast quit too soon. Try putting your beer in a warmer location and give the fermenter a little swirl to rouse the yeast. Leave it a few more days and check the gravity again.
I suggest this. Also good for AG batch.

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:02 AM   #6
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Just took a second gravity reading. (2 days after last) Still stuck at 1.22. Moved it to a warmer room and gave it a little shake. Gonna give it another week before testing again. If still stuck do I pitch more yeast? Same strain as I first used? Should I use a full pack? Thanks, in advance, for your help!

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:07 AM   #7
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I bet it's done. All the FG's are a range, not exact numbers. Give it another 2 days, take a reading. If it's the same, bottle away
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:19 AM   #8
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Sounds like it is done to me too. Expected FG numbers are mere guidelines and are often missed for a variety of reasons. Extract batches have a long history of finishing high - the "curse of 1.020" - because some extracts have low fermentability.

I don't think your fermentation is stuck, I think it is done. But to be on the safe side, give it another few days and then check again.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:35 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #10
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What if it is done but you aren't ready to move to keg. I have been at FG for a few days now but am waiting on my brew partner to come back from vacation and my brew has been on primary for 3 weeks 3 days. Dumped trub a few times and the cylinder i use to test gravity is still pretty cloudy. Do I need to move it to a secondary to get the brew off the remaining sediment?

 
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