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Old 07-28-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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So I have a wheat in the fermenter and after 10 days I added some raspberry. I have no seen airlock activity which I know doesn't necessarily mean fermentation isn't happening and maybe I missed it altogether. I guess I will wait another week or so before I start checking gravity. Any suggestions or comments?

 
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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You have it right. Activity from a secondary addition of sugar (raspberry) can be all over the place. Let your hydrometer tell you when its done.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:47 AM   #3
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I checked on my raspberry wheat tonite. I still do not or have not seen any active bubbling I the airlock and again I know that doesn't necessarily mean anything. One thing I do notice though is what I am wondering about. I am fermenting in a plastic pail with lid on "tight". Out of curiosity I applied a slight amount of pressure to the lid and observes rapid bubbling in the airlock. Is this the build up of CO2 in the bucket or just a matter of displacing some air in the fermenter? I am wondering if the gas is escaping due to a mom airtight lid. Thoughts?

 
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:54 AM   #4
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I would say that you have positive pressure (co2) and probably have a leaky seal. That is one reason I dislike fermenting in buckets. I use Better Bottles.

I would say that you don't have anything to worry about. Wait a little longer then check for final gravity, if done, go ahead and bottle it.

 
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:00 AM   #5
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That's what I suspected too. It's only been a few days since I added the raspberry so I was going to let it set for at least a week. I'm really excited about this beer. Hope it tastes good as I envision. Thanks for the input.

 
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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Checked my wheat today. Added fruit a week ago so I wanted to see where gravity was. A bit high but almost there. Very cloudy and much more red color than expected. Also much more fruit flavor than expected. I'm wondering if should transfer to secondary to clean it up a bit. I know it's not necessary and I was going for an unfiltered wheat but this is really cloudy. Thoughts?

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:31 AM   #7
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A bit of the cloudiness should fall out when you chill. It may bring it down to an appropriate level. Speaking from a wine perspective you may be suffering from a pectin haze? I am unsure if we experience that in the beer world, I have never used fruit in beer. Out of sheer curiosity, how much raspberry did you add?

I have used pectic enzyme in my fruit wines to rid myself of pectic haze. I have no idea what it will do in beer however so wait for the experienced folks

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:02 AM   #8
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I used about 2 lbs in 5 gallons. I added a purée after about 2 weeks in the fermenter. Added purée directly to the primary.

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:36 AM   #9
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Depending on how cloudy it is, it may clear some more. Most wheat beers are a bit cloudy and that is normal. I would not stress to much about that.

 
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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Last nite I checked gravity again and also tasted. The gravity is right on with the first reading so it looks like I'm ready to bottle. The taste was decent but did have more fruit flavor than I expected. Heck my wife liked it so that's pretty good. Also not as cloudy as previous sample. Looking forward to getting this in the bottle as sampling again in a few weeks.

 
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