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Old 11-13-2007, 01:49 AM   #1
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I'm making a extra stout extract from the LHBS it's been 9 days SG 1.044 now only 1.020 , FG is suppose to be 1.009-1.012
should I just wait until Saturday or think there could be an issue? I don't see any bubbles..



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Old 11-13-2007, 02:00 AM   #2
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I'm but a newb, but from reading various posts in the forums, have you thought of maybe shaking your fermenter a bit and seeing if your yeast just needs a wake up call?

Also, if this is wrong info, please correct me.


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Old 11-13-2007, 02:02 AM   #3
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I'm going through a similar situation. Don't shake it, just swirl it around alittle.
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:30 PM   #4
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still having same problem..
made on 11-3 SG 1.044
on 11-12 1.020
gave it a good stir on 11-13
today 11-18 it's still at 1.020

I guess it's done and I just have a week beer? The FG is suppose to be 1.009-1.012..
anything I can do to help it out or should I just rack to senconday and have some week beer?

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Old 11-18-2007, 04:53 PM   #5
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What kind of yeast did you use? I could have been old yeast if it came with the kit. You could try pitching more. Or just rack to secondary and try again.
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Old 11-18-2007, 05:06 PM   #6
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I'd pitch a fresh packet of dry yeast and give it another week. You might also try a Amylase Enzyme concentrate to breakdown some of the unfermentable sugars.
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it came with a beer yeast while labs irish ale yeast in a 'test tube' it was not dry, I saw the guy take it out of the fridge
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:41 PM   #8
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Sometimes the test tubes can be old. You SHOULDN'T have to make a starter for a regular batch of beer, but the more I research it, the tubes just don't have enough yeast to achieve krausen quickly and do a vigorous, complete, clean fermentation. Maybe you simply didn't pitch enough viable yeast. Also, what is your fermentation temp? Sometimes your can go too cold and the yeast go dormant. If this is the case, swirl, bring 'er up to 68F until you get going again, then back down to 65F to prevent fusels (though *some* esters might be desireable in a stout).
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the bucket is about 66deg... I'll try to move it to a warmer spot and check again Tuesday

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66f should be fine. You're only in 9 days. give it 14-21 and you'll be good to go.


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