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Old 06-21-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
aaksatyava
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Any suggestions would be greatly appreciateed. Made a 12 gallon batch of amber ale with an OG OF 1.067. I used wlp001 that I collected and saved from December last year. Started the yeast on a stir plate the night before and seemed fine as it took off pretty well. Added oxygen to the wort after chilling.
However, the bubbling did not start until 36 hrs. But, when the bubbling started, it went on for 3 days. What came as a surprise to me is that, I did not see any foam formation whatsoever.
The FG came our to 1.030 while I was expecting it to be 1.015.

So my dilema... Should I start another batch of yeast and re-pitch to finish off the fermentation? I am 2 weeks into fermentation already.




 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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Why?

It's really hard to get new yeast to do anything to a beer that has "finished" fermenting.



 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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Did the receipe have a lot of non fermentables in it (crystal malt?)

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:44 PM   #4
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Has the gravity been at 1.030 for 3-days straight, or was that just the last measurement you took? Are you fermenting near the bottom threshold of the yeast? What about possibly raising the temperature slightly?

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:46 PM   #5
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I had 3 lbs of Crystal in a total of 27lbs of grain.

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:50 PM   #6
aaksatyava
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It's been at 1.030 for last 5 days. It's not fermenting any more. Maintained a temp of 69deg during fermentation. If re-pitching does help, should I live with what I have. The beer still has a sweet taste to it. Not really happy about that.

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:56 PM   #7
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you can try a repitch but I'd suggest making a big starter and pitching it at high krausen when it's fully active.

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:30 PM   #8
aaksatyava
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Thank you. I will repitch in a day or two. Thank you for all your expert advise..

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:19 PM   #9
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what were the results?

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Old 07-28-2012, 02:41 PM   #10
aaksatyava
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The result was fruitful. I managed to achieve a FG of 1.01 from the mid gravity of 1.03.
Thanx everyone for your insight.



 
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