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Old 10-17-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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I made a honey beer with 4 lbs extract 1 Lbs Rice solids and 1 1/2 lbs saw palmetto honey Nottingham yeast. it fermented steady pop pop pop pop pop pop for eight days and only today slowed down to 6-8 pops a minute I used a swamp cooler with ice to keep in in the mid 60 all my other beers have slowed down within 5-6 days is this slow fermention normal?


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Old 10-17-2012, 12:49 AM   #2
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I made a honey beer with 4 lbs extract 1 Lbs Rice solids and 1 1/2 lbs saw palmetto honey Nottingham yeast. it fermented steady pop pop pop pop pop pop for eight days and only today slowed down to 6-8 pops a minute I used a swamp cooler with ice to keep in in the mid 60 all my other beers have slowed down within 5-6 days is this slow fermention normal?
What's the current SG? It could be that your barometic pressure changed or something, making the airlock bubble.


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I haven't talken a SG yet since it was fermenenting like crazy for days.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:25 AM   #4
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Airlock bubbling is well known to be a bad indicator of fermentation, for reasons like Yooper stated. Cold, hard data is your best bet, so take an SG and then wait a few days and take another, and compare. If no change is noted, then your beer is not still fermenting.
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"Hydrometer reading" is not pronounced "bubbling airlock"...
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In addition to the hydrometer/airlock confusion, honey seems to take much longer than beer to ferment. The meads and braggot I've made all took at least a month to finish; the beers I've made with honey can take up to an extra week to finish, particularly at 60*F. In fact, the only time I've had bottle bombs was the one instance I bottled a gallon of honey beer after only a week and a half.

I don't know what it is about honey; I'd have thought that a simple sugar would just be gobbled up by the yeast, but apparently not.
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"Hydrometer reading" is not pronounced "bubbling airlock"...
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