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Old 12-12-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default Yeast cake on the top!??!!

Hey guys,
This is my 20th extract batch
It looks like the first inch is foamy yeastcake type thing
There isn't much on the bottom, where the yeastcake usually resides
I checked it on the weekend and it was like this. Still the same. Doesn't it usually foam at the top and then settle to the bottom.
Beer: LHBS Red Ale 23L with Wyeast Brittish Ale II
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:33 AM   #2
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oh by the way it's been almost 3 weeks in the primary. I have hesitated to transfer because I am waiting for the cake at the top to settle to the bottom.
Should I?


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Old 12-12-2012, 12:34 AM   #3
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Got a photo?
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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After 3 weeks the cake will be at the bottom. Most of the yeast will be there. If you still have foam, the foam contains yeast also, and you could do what is called "top crop" the yeast and scoop the foam to another fermenter. But it is best to do this within a week of pitching wort into a fermenter. The yeast there now are slow to fall and b!astard yeast in my opinion.
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I uploaded a pic of the top view
So, "onthekeg", it sounds like you're saying "Get it into the secondary." The only thing I'm not sure of is whether you're saying to take the top foam or get rid of it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:56 AM   #6
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I guess I was being dramatic when I said the top "inch"
It's a thin layer
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:56 AM   #7
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How many days since you pitched?
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Cold crashing might help.
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It doesnt even look done fermenting, you can see CO2 bubbles under that everywhere.
To have that many i would guess its still active.

Close the lid and wait another week or two.
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Good observation FuzzeWuzze. I checked my brew folder and realized that I'm only 2 weeks into fermentation not 3. I was a bit rushed to get this posting up with my wife yelling, "What are you doing? I need a bath for the girls right away!"
I think I'll leave it a couple of days and then put it into the secondary to let it clear until the FG stabilizes.


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