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Old 12-05-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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I do, in my fermenting Hefewiesen. This Saturday will be 3 weeks of fermentation. Is it ok to bottle with this suff still in carboy?


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Old 12-05-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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I do, in my fermenting Hefewiesen. This Saturday will be 3 weeks of fermentation. Is it ok to bottle with this suff still in carboy?
MMMM KRAUSEN!!!

Average rule of thumb is 10-14 days before taking the first gravity sample. Do you have a hydrometer? If so, do 2-3 days in a row of FG samples...if it has stopped, it's ready!

I almost always ferment for 3 weeks just to be safe and I always have plenty of beer to drink so I'm in no rush to get more beer kegged.


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Not sure what you are asking. Are you saying you have an active Kraeusen after three weeks and are wondering if you can bottle while the Kraeusen is still there? Kraeusen is a sign of active fermentation and to bottle would make nice little bottle bombs.

I'd be surprised by a Kraeusen after three weeks though. The longest I had this was for a week and a half and that was with a major RIS that included molasses and honey to push the OG.

I've never done a heffe though so perhaps there is something about this yeast.
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I'd be surprised by a Kraeusen after three weeks though. The longest I had this was for a week and a half and that was with a major RIS that included molasses and honey to push the OG.
Could just be that the fermentation chamber is dirty where the krausen was? My krausen drops and my carboys always have residue up to the opening what's remnants of what was once an active fermentation.
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I started this thread before I checked carboy,just checked and I'm starting to see the top of my beer. So maybe in 3 days it'll be gone. May have to wait til the following weekend. I'll take a reading tonite
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Update 5 hours later and there is more Krausen then there was this morning. Now what should I do?
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What exactly does this krausen look like? Thin white film or tiny clear bubbles etc?

I've never had any krausen after three weeks, the top should just look clear.
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Okay, looks like the krausen that stuck to the carboy is just slowly falling onto the top. If it has fermented out and your gravity is stable you could bottle now. Personally I would rack this to a secondary to clear it out for about a week. If you skip the secondary is it going to be tough to not suck up a bunch of that old krausen into the beer.
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Krausen is about 1/8" thick, can see beer in some areas......will let her sit for a couple more days and shoot for bottling on Monday. If I rack it on Saturday, will that be long enough to bottle on Monday?


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