Originally Posted by dfarm
So, what should I do at this point? I'm afraid to bottle because of the high fg, but nothing happened after I swirled it around a bit.
I was hoping to be drinking this stuff last might for new years, but that didn't work out. Lol.
Since its just a 1 gallon batch, could I bottle, then put the bottles in plastic buckets with lids to contain any "grenades"? how do I know when its ok to bottle?
Since this batch has been in the fermenter for quite some time, and you have tried swirling to rouse the yeast, I would say that this one has fermented as far as it is going to. For some reason (probably mash temps) the wort had a higher concentration of unfermentables than you expected. That would explain the high finishing gravity.
In general, it is safe to bottle when the gravity has been stable for 3-4 days. since your gravity has been stable much longer than that, I do not see any reason to worry about bottling safety.
I suspect that the only "bad" thing that will come of this high finishing gravity is a beer that is sweeter than expected. Some really big stouts can finish at 1.023, so I do not think that the beer will be bad, just a little on the sweet side.
Go ahead and bottle, let it condition for a few weeks, and let us know how it turns out.