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Old 04-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Hi just racked my beer into secondary after a week in primary. Last week it measured at 14 bricks. Started bubbling, but seemed to die down a day later. Just transfered and im at 9 bricks. Seems like the yeast may have died out. Would it be ok to add another vial of yeast to secondary? Also i was planning on reusing the yeast from the first batch. Should i bother with it? This is a peanut butter stout just so you know.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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won't hurt to wait and try it again. test it day after tomorrow, see if it has gone down any.

if it has, you're good

if it hasn't, then think about a repitch
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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Could i repitch the same yeast back into the beer?

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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It sounds like you're using a refractometer to measure FG.. If that's so, you need to know that they are not accurate for that purpose without some additional calculations, and even then I personally haven't found them to be accurate.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
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Yea its a refractometer, would it be more safe to use a hydrometer? After doing the calculations online it came out to 2.7abv... unless i did it wrong.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Yea its a refractometer, would it be more safe to use a hydrometer? After doing the calculations online it came out to 2.7abv... unless i did it wrong.
Lol.. Yeah use a hydrometer and see what you get. I know some people successfully use refractometers, for me their only use is during an all grain brew day, to get a ROUGH idea of preboil gravity. Actually, I've cooled samples and gotten 5-10 gravity points on a hydrometer above what the calibrated refractometer read. It seems that not all sugars in wort show up on the refractometer scale.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #7
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Yea its a refractometer, would it be more safe to use a hydrometer? After doing the calculations online it came out to 2.7abv... unless i did it wrong.
14 BRIX - 9 Brix
1.056 - 1.022
ABV 4.6%

I would of left it for another week to tak off some more points. 22 would be way to sweet for me atleast. What style were you aiming for?
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I feel alot better. Johnny thanks for the fixing my math... i just transfered the yeast so im gonna do another stout with it. Also im but it in beersmith as a sweet stout looks like its gonna turn out good. Im also going to get a refractometer for final reading.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:31 AM   #9
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Don't rack to secondary until you've had a stable FG for 3+ days. Use a calculator to figure FG with a refractometer: http://seanterrill.com/2012/01/06/re...er-calculator/

If you ever need to repitch, make a starter, pitch at high kraeusen.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:13 PM   #10
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Thanks for the link cyclman

 
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