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Old 01-22-2014, 08:15 PM   #1
Jan 2014
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So I started brewing a Hefeweizen beer last Sunday, its been fermenting for about 10 days. Its still bubbling every 17 seconds.
But when I look at my Carboy I can see a thick layer of yeast at the bottom, all the beer, then a thick layer of what looks like sludge on the top.
Is that normal? or did I screw my beer up?
If its normal, when I go to bottle it do I have to mix it all together or just siphon as is? lol I just dont want to screw up my first batch.
Any Suggestions??

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Old 01-22-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
Dec 2013
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It depends on the type of yeast that you used. In my experience ( all 10 beers that ive made ) its perfectly normal.

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:03 PM   #3
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Yes, it's completely normal. when bottling try to leave the sediment (called the cake) behind.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:28 PM   #4
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sounds normal to me..yeast cake forming at the bottom..followed by beer...and krausen at the top. The krausen should settle out by the end of fermentation.

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