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Old 01-17-2013, 06:22 AM   #1
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My Rye PA brew started out quite nicely. The brew went well and fermentation was off to a fast start.

I pitched Sunday night, woke up Wednesday morning and saw the temp was a little low from the cold night, so I plugged in my FermWrap. I then took off for work and completely forgot about it for about 4 hours.

When I remembered, my wife said it was at about 80 degrees, so she unplugged it and opened the window to cool it down.

Now the fermentation seems to have stopped. I haven't yet taken a gravity reading, but I'm afraid of what may have happened to it.

Could it be finished already after only barely 3 days? Will there be nasty off flavors from the temp increase? Is it worth saving?

Is it going to taste like ?


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Old 01-17-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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I've had beer ferment quick. Are you basing it being done by the airlock not bubbling? The last beer I brewed the airlock didn't bubble, I think I might need a new lid. Anyway, check the gravity it's probably fine.


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Old 01-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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I'm basing it being done by that and the stuff on the top falling (krausen?), and everything inside settling.

The temp this morning was 62. *sigh* More equipment needed apparently.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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I have had all fermentation signs stop after 3 days before. English yeast seem to work good for me. You might have some esters from the high temp but that temp was at the end of your 3 days so you are probably fine. Give it time...I try not to move a beer out of primary for at least 3 weeks
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Could it be finished already after only barely 3 days? Will there be nasty off flavors from the temp increase? Is it worth saving?

Is it going to taste like ?
easily could be done in 3 days. most of my ales finish in 2-4 days

only way to know if there's off-flavors is to taste it, but with a ramp towards the tail end i doubt it.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
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It did have a very slight smell that resembled diacytl to me, but that could be because the yeast was cleaning up after itself still.

I tested the gravity and it looks like active fermentation is done with no stuckness.

I tasted the sample I used to test gravity and it tasted quite fine to me!

I have another week of primary, then it will undergo a secondary with dry hops.

I think it's going to be great!


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