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Old 10-18-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
Sep 2007
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All - I have in my primary bucket now:

Holiday Ale

Brew date 10/6/2007

3Gals of KGB Wort - Supplied by local brewry
.5 lb Light Belgian Candi Sugar
1lb Golden Light DME
1oz Willamette @ 60
.5 Centenial @ 15
.5oz orange peeel @ 15
5 Ciniamon sticks @ 15
1/2 tsp of njutmeg @15
3 whole crushed all spice @ 15
.5 Centenial @ 5
.5lb golden rasins @ 5
WL California Ale V

SG 1.062 Fermenting temp ~ 68-70 degrees

It fermented hard for about 5 days. Slowed down, and then statred fermenting hard again. I'm still getting bubles about every 25 - 30 seconds out of airlock. Concerned that I might have wild yeast. Anyway to tell prior to bottling. I know I can traste it...but kinda worried,,,


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Old 10-18-2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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I am no expert, but it seems to me that raisins will take longer to ferment out. That could easily explain it. I know it takes longer everytime I use strawberries.

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Old 10-18-2007, 04:45 PM   #3
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My best suggestion would be to sanitize a measuring cup and scoop a little out and take a gravity reading. If you're still above your target FG, it's probably just fine. Who knows why yeasts do what they do. Chances are, if it's been sealed the whole time, that nothing new has gotten into it, and the amount of yeast generated during the first 5 days of fermentation surely outnumber any amount of wild yeast you might have.

There's always a chance you have some sort of infection, but I'd bet you're just fine. Relax, etc etc.

Plus, there's always the chance you've just found some awesome local Lambic-style strain, and you can harvest it, and make a great holiday beer every year!!

Make beer, not bombs.
(...and not bottle bombs either.)
Primary Fermentor - *empty*
Primary Fermentor -

Secondary - Mystery IPA
Secondary -
Bottle Conditioning -
Keg Conditioning -

Draft: - Apfelwein, Belgian-style Dubbel w/ Grains of Paradise
Bottles:(and still in stock): FIRST AG - (I)IPA 4.1.07, PK's Warm Spring Marzen, Summer Cerveza -BANG, PK's Winter Spice II, Espresso Stout, Indiana Pale Ale, PK's Chocolate Bitter II, Porterfield Porter, and New Year's 2006 remnants.

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Old 10-18-2007, 04:47 PM   #4
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Thanks Guys. I'll keep you posted.

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