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Old 12-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Ok being as this is my first home brew after doing wine for many years. Its a Whitehouse Honey Ale kit and this batch its fermenting like nothing I have ever seen. There's probably a good 2 inches of foam on top. Its in a primary bucket with airlock and the bubbler is going crazy. Contents are listed in the attachment. My question is? Is this normal?

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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Ok being as this is my first home brew after doing wine for many years. Its a Whitehouse Honey Ale kit and this batch its fermenting like nothing I have ever seen. There's probably a good 2 inches of foam on top. Its in a primary bucket with airlock and the bubbler is going crazy. Contents are listed in the attachment. My question is? Is this normal?
I take it you have some actual honey in there? That stuff goes nuts! I brewed a honey-wheat with about 5lbs of honey in a 10gal batch, and the yeast went absolutely wacko between the wheat and the honey. Give it a few days and it will calm down. No worries


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Old 12-10-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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Yes it has 1 lb of Honey in it. Thanks for the response.

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #4
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Besides the honey, theres also the yeast. It's also a dry yeast, which get to work a lot faster than the liquid varieties, but also calm down faster. Don't be surprised if you get nearly nothing from the airlock after only a day or two.

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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It's not just the particular yeast seeming to slow down or stop bubbling like that. I've had Cooper's ale yeast go stark ravin berzack for 24 hours & then nuthin. when the mad bubbling slows down or stops,it generally means that initial fermentation is done. It'll then slowly,uneventfully creep down to FG from there. when it reaches FG,give it another 3-7 days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty.
It cleans up fermentation by products & settles out as it does so.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. Set my mind at ease. As of this morning the fermentation has dropped considerably. Still perking away but at a slower rate about one or two blurps / sec now.

 
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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I have to ask, how dry tasting is that beer with that much honey added to it?
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:57 PM   #8
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Besides the honey, theres also the yeast. It's also a dry yeast, which get to work a lot faster than the liquid varieties, but also calm down faster. Don't be surprised if you get nearly nothing from the airlock after only a day or two.
from my experience anytime i've pitched a starter of liquid yeast i get heavy CO2 production (airlock bubbling) in a matter of hours... whereas with dry yeast it takes at least a day to get rolling

 
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #9
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I have to ask, how dry tasting is that beer with that much honey added to it?
Can honestly say I haven't tasted it since boil but it was extremely sweet at that point. SG was at 1.06 FG should be about 1.01
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:16 PM   #10
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Can honestly say I haven't tasted it since boil but it was extremely sweet at that point. SG was at 1.06 FG should be about 1.01
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It's going to be sweet until it ferments. The yeast are going to consume all of the simple sugars from the honey and leave you with a dry taste on the back end of the beer. Who know's though, the recipe could be great, i just never put much faith in gimmicky stuff like this



 
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