Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Another 'Has it finished' thread
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-14-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
IrishYobbo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Posts: 5
Default Another 'Has it finished' thread

Hi all,

I'm new to the whole brewing business, and I've recently put on a batch of coopers larger. All was going well, the airlock was bubbling nicely for the first few days, then that stopped and the hydrometer reading steadily dropped.

The problem is that the hydrometer reading has stopped at 1.012 (instead of the usual 1.006), the beer is still sweet, and there is still a layer of sugar sitting at the bottom of the carboy.

The beer tastes fine except for a bit of sweetness, the temperature has been kept between 22 and 24 degrees C constantly (I believe this kit uses an ale yeast, 21-28 degrees C was recommended). It's just like the yeast has packed up and left before finishing.

Any ideas?


IrishYobbo is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 66,020
Liked 6231 Times on 4439 Posts
Likes Given: 1681

Default

At 1.012, the beer should not taste sweet. Many great beers finish at 1.010-1.012. The layer on the bottom of the fermenter isn't sugar- it's trub. That is spent yeast, proteins from the wort, hops debris, etc, that all fall to the bottom. If the SG is still 1.012 two days after the first reading, it's safe to bottle as it would be done.

Carbonation changes the flavor of sweetness in beer as carbonic acid counteracts the perceived sweetness, so the beer once carbed up won't taste nearly as sweet.


__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2012, 12:30 AM   #3
duboman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Glenview, IL
Posts: 6,365
Liked 506 Times on 468 Posts
Likes Given: 226

Default

Totally agree! I shoot for most of my beers to finish around there and they are mighty tasty!

Once carbonated it'll be great, cheers!
__________________
Nothing Left to do but smile and drink beer.....

The Commune Brewing Company-Perfecting the "art" of beer since 2010
duboman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 03:40 AM   #4
IrishYobbo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Posts: 5
Default

This is great news then, just took another measurement at 1.012, so it's done! Bottling time!
IrishYobbo is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Finished yet? daksin Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 11-02-2011 07:26 PM
IPA finished at 1.014 Righlander Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 12-19-2010 04:10 AM
Finished? RyanN Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 02-13-2010 02:02 AM
So I just finished Duane_Austin Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 05-17-2009 07:51 PM
About finished mot Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-01-2007 03:59 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS