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Old 03-22-2013, 02:23 AM   #1
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Hi. I brewed a two hearted clone on 3/10 so it's about day 11 of fermentation. Did the first gravity check today and I hit the 1.012 that Beersmith has as the FG. However, the airlock still has bubbling. Not much mind you. Just a bubble every 30 seconds or so. I'm going to do gravity tomorrow and Saturday too but I guess the question is two fold: first, do this mean it's still fermenting? second, should i attempt to stop it from continuing to ferment if it is?
thanks for any insight!!
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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I'm a newb and don't know anything But is it getting warmer? Heat will cause it to expand and exhale bubbles. Or did you shake it up?

Otherwise, my guess is that it is still fermenting a little, and should be left alone.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:26 AM   #3
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Was it at that FG for > 3 days? Software isn't 100.00%.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:28 AM   #4
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Personally I'd let it go another 5 days or so. I find that I typically get below BeerSmith's estimated FG. No need to rush it.

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:28 AM   #5
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Yep, FG listed in a recipe or from software is always an estimate and depends on a number of variables. It's done when it's done. IMO daily checks are just a waste of beer and more chances to contaminate. Check it once, repeat in 3-4 days, if it's stable that's your FG.

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:39 AM   #6
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yeast decide when they are done, not software.

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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You also have to account for off gassing of dissolved co2. It's a natural part of the process. Even though a beer will be at FG,it can still vent co2 coming out of solution.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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i am in the group that doesnt take gravity readings just to see if it is done. I leave it in there long enough that i know it is done. i have been busy sometimes and left a beer in the fermentor for upwards of 2 months! i agree with Nagorg dont rush it!

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