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Old 10-02-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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My Dunkelweizen has been in primary for 9 days. It started at OG 1.044. Airlock activity may have stopped around day 5 or 6. I used Wyeast 3068 with a starter and fermentation seemed to start within 12 hours. I kept temps around 64-66F and two days ago took it out of my cool brew. Temps are stable at 68F now.


When would be a good time to start taking FG readings? I had planned to let it set in Primary for 21 days but was wondering if there is a benefit to let it sit for three weeks? After reading some ales are better left 3 weeks. But then I read somewhere Wheats were fine with 2 weeks.

Would it be just as well to bottle after 14days if hydrometer readings are stable. I don't mind letting it sit if it makes the beer better.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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If hydrometer readings are stable, it's ok to go ahead and bottle it after 2 weeks. Weizen's tend to finish fast and that's a lower OG so 2 weeks is probably plenty.


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Dunkelweizen is my favorite style. I brew it several times per year. I never primary more than two weeks, but I do secondary for a week or two depending on how patient I am. That being said, I don't think an extra week in primary is necessary. The secondary is also probably not needed but it makes me feel better. It sounds like you had a good healthy and vigorous fermentation so you could take FG readings to be sure and bottle at any point.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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Assuming its reached FG 2 weeks and then bottle is fine. Dunkel should be consumed young and that style does not benefit being clear
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Thanks. I'll Check reading Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Then Bottle Sunday if everthing checks out. That would be 14 Days in Primary.
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I typically keep my weizens in primary for about 10 days then force carb for another 10 and start drinking!!


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