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Old 12-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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OK,

It looks like each batch is going to have its own set of questions to answer. I made a Brewer's Best Robust Porter kit. I added some cara pils for body (personal preference--about 1/4 lb) and used White Labs British Ale yeast--which I boosted, very successfully, with a starter.

Put in primary, aerated, and pitched the yeast. Twelve hours later, I had very vigorous and foamy fermentation. 36 hours later, it was quiet--even when the fermenter was kicked. Is it possible that the yeast had pretty much finished in that short a time?

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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If your temp was good, yes it is.


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Old 12-26-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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Short answer: yes. Wait it out a few weeks anyways.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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It may have finished PRIMARY fermentation . . . the really bubbly part. However, the yeast is STILL WORKING. I'd give it a few more days, then start taking gravity readings.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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OK,

It looks like each batch is going to have its own set of questions to answer. I made a Brewer's Best Robust Porter kit. I added some cara pils for body (personal preference--about 1/4 lb) and used White Labs British Ale yeast--which I boosted, very successfully, with a starter.

Put in primary, aerated, and pitched the yeast. Twelve hours later, I had very vigorous and foamy fermentation. 36 hours later, it was quiet--even when the fermenter was kicked. Is it possible that the yeast had pretty much finished in that short a time?

Thanks.
Personally, I wouldn't even bother with the first reading until 3 weeks had passed. That will give it time to finish and for things to settle out. With a porter a month wouldn't hurt anything.

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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Basically yes. It probably fermented a lot of the sugar Ana calmed down. However yeast will clean up a lot if your flavors over time. Leaving you with cleaner better beer
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:48 PM   #7
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+1 I have not done very many batches, but yes, three of them completed the krausen phase in 36 hours.

Now comes the hard part - leaving it alone for 3 weeks.

Brew some more and stack up a pipeline.
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How long should I wait until I move it to secondary?
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How long should I wait until I move it to secondary?
You shouldn't need to secondary it. I only use one to keep primary fermenter open for next batch. But leave it in primary for three weeks you won't regret doing this.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:29 PM   #10
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This is fermenting at approximately 68 degrees. Shook the fermenter a bit today and got the airlock bubbling again. Do I need to increase the temperature?


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