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Old 03-10-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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I started my brew last month ( very late ) and it's been fermenting for 2 weeks and I'm going to bottle it tomorrow, should I take the fg tomorrow before I bottle? I've beer used a real kit like this, only a mr.beer. I've been reading but I dont want to mess up my first "real" beer. It's a Wilde Irish red if that means anything.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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I check mine around two weeks in, then once or twice during the next week to make sure it's really done fermenting. Don't bottle it until you get the same gravity reading several times, that way you can be sure the ferment has finished. It's hard to wait on the beer, but it won't hurt to leave it in the fermenter for 3 or 4 weeks. If the ferment is not finished when you bottle, it is possible for too much pressure to build up in your bottles causing them to explode, not good.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Did you take a hydrometer reading "OG" before you pitched your yeast?
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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It won't hurt it to let it sit or that long? Hmm... And I don't want to wait Im impatient lol

And no, I never checked the og... I got too excited about this first "real" brew and the gf said " oh you don't need to do that!" and I listened -.-
Ill remember to check the og next time...
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:35 AM   #5
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It won't hurt it to let it sit or that long? Hmm... And I don't want to wait Im impatient lol

And no, I never checked the og... I got too excited about this first "real" brew and the gf said " oh you don't need to do that!" and I listened -.-
Ill remember to check the og next time...
It's a good habit to get into. This is the only way you can tell what is going on with your brew. I don't even touch my beer for at least 3 weeks when I put it into the fermentor. After 3+ weeks I take a gravity reading and then a couple days later I take another. If it's stable (the same) then I go ahead and bottle/keg. if you bottle too early like ButcherBoy said you may end up with bottle bombs.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:18 PM   #6
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Hey thanks for the heads up! I don't want my beer exploding in the fridge! :O
Should I check the gravity tomorrow (Saturday) and say Tuesday? Or give it another week before I check again?
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #7
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Hey thanks for the heads up! I don't want my beer exploding in the fridge! :O
Should I check the gravity tomorrow (Saturday) and say Tuesday? Or give it another week before I check again?
Sure, you can do it now, then in like 48hrs doesn't have to be exact.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:43 PM   #8
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I always start checking my brew after two and a half weeks (I brew on weekends so this is always the wednesday before expect to bottle). As long as I get consistent FG readings the next couple of days I will go forward with bottling.

 
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i always start checking my brew after two and a half weeks (i brew on weekends so this is always the wednesday before expect to bottle). As long as i get consistent fg readings the next couple of days i will go forward with bottling.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
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I check it after I transfer it into the keg.
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