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Old 11-28-2007, 08:38 PM   #21
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that's definetely a krausen. the krausen really isn't a good indicator, either. the only way to know for sure is with a hydrometer, and even that will only tell you when it's done with it's primary fermentation, NOT when the yeasts are done cleaning up after themselves.

Whenever in doubt, leave it an addtional week, i say. I've found the longer i leave my beers in the carboys, the better they usually turn out!
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:38 PM   #22
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I don't bother with a hydrometer reading, but I leave my brews for two or more weeks in the primary. When the kegs are empty from the last batch, everything moves up. I haven't had an unfinished batch yet but the theory is that if it hasn't finished after two or three weeks, it's stuck. The act of transferring should cause it to fire up again. I don't keg until about 5 - 6 weeks in.
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