Fermentation stopped at 1.020 - can I bottle? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Fermentation stopped at 1.020 - can I bottle?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-31-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
mclaughlindw4
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Posts: 579
Liked 38 Times on 33 Posts



A little background for first brew attempt: I boiled wort and pitched yeast last saturday for a red ale kit beer - Starting gravity was 1.050. This past saturday (7 days later), I opened bucket for first time and hydrometer read 1.020. I just now took a second read (48 hours later) and specific gravity is still at 1.020.

Target gravity per instructions are 1.012 - 1.014. I've learned a lot, and was wondering if it was ok to bottle at 1.020? I am ok with it being a little sweet and will pitch yeast much differently next time (I think instructions sucked for this, eg, no mention of aeration or hydrating yeast and pitched at 85 degrees).

Another option is to let it sit a couple more days? But It hasn't moved into two days and I don't want to risk oxidation since I am brewing in bucket.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
AaronM
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
New Bern, NC
Posts: 27
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts


I'd give it another day or so and take another reading.....

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,230
Liked 7726 Times on 5425 Posts


Yes, if the FG hasn't moved it's fine to bottle.

I've had a good number of extract batches top at 1.020, depending on which brand of extract I've used. (Search for a thread called something like 'the 1.020 curse' for more info on others' experiences).
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
mclaughlindw4
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Posts: 579
Liked 38 Times on 33 Posts


Thanks, I read many of those threads now. It seems like there are ways to try to get it down further but I think for this my first brew I will just finish it up and move on. I've decided to wait until this weekend though and bottle it at two weeks and hopefully I will not have any oxidation problems.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
Bensiff
 
Bensiff's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
, Washington, the state
Posts: 4,883
Liked 383 Times on 302 Posts


Sounds like it has finished up and like Yooper said, extracts can finish high. However, no time like the present to learn one of the most valuable brewing lessons...patience. You will do no harm by letting it sit on the yeast for a week or two more, it will likely help clean the beer up to be a better end product and may drop down a point or two more. Also, a very easy technique that might help lower a few points more is giving your bucket a very gentler swirl to get the yeast in suspension...just make sure the lid stays on and the airlock is secure and you will be fine.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 09:01 PM   #6
whoaru99
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Posts: 1,748
Liked 139 Times on 116 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mclaughlindw4 View Post
Thanks, I read many of those threads now. It seems like there are ways to try to get it down further but I think for this my first brew I will just finish it up and move on. I've decided to wait until this weekend though and bottle it at two weeks and hopefully I will not have any oxidation problems.
With my first extract kit I tried most of the ways, short of pitching more yeast. 1.020 was all she wrote.

2nd extract kit from the same HBS finished right on target.
__________________
Drinking: American Amber Ale
Lagering: Dark Lager
Primary: Maibock

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fermentation Stopped? Since83 Winemaking Forum 1 09-20-2012 03:31 AM
My fermentation stopped? akhomebrew General Beer Discussion 10 12-19-2011 11:14 AM
Fermentation of my current batch stopped 1 month ago, Can I still bottle it? beerdownunder Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-30-2011 04:11 AM
I have stopped adding priming sugar when I bottle sempf Bottling/Kegging 7 08-28-2010 01:49 AM
fermentation stopped after 1 day beerbelay General Beer Discussion 4 06-29-2009 01:38 AM


Forum Jump