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Old 11-27-2007, 11:55 PM   #21
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So I get home today and theres like 1/4-1/2 inch of foam (krausen) on the top of my carboy. I also see tiny bubbles or something constantly working there way to the top of the carboy...kind of reminds me of carbnation.

Here's the pic. Comments?...



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Old 11-28-2007, 12:00 AM   #22
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Did you have any temperature swings or anything? It looks like either co2 is coming out of solution, or maybe a wee bit of fermentation.

It still looks ok, though!


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Old 11-28-2007, 12:08 AM   #23
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Nope. I racked from the primary and put it right back where it was. Yesterday it was nice and dark on the top and lighter on the bottom, but now, as you can see, its all a lighter color!
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:17 AM   #24
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It looks like a little fermentation going on- that's ok. You probably roused the yeast a little when you racked. At 1.017, that's ok, since it wasn't completely done anyway.

It seems fine to me. Just throw a blanket over it to protect it from light and try to not worry about it! I know, I know, that's the hardest part. But it really does seem "normal". Normal fermentations do some crazy things- roll around inside, smell sometimes, stop and restart, etc. If you let it sit, it'll stop whatever it's doing and then clear up again when the yeast falls.
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:31 AM   #25
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Thanks again. I'm definitely glad its still fermenting because I wanted it to drop a little more. I understand 1.017 is high for a Pale Ale. I guess I just have to wait and see. It's actually in a closet under the stairs which has a door, so it's nice and dark and the temp is very consistent.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:07 PM   #26
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Theres a full coating of krausen now. I cant see the beer at all through the top like you could in the pic above...and lots of movement. I guess fermentation has restarted afterall!
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:22 PM   #27
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Update...the entire top of the bottle is filled with foam and the airlock is bubbling again. Theres a 1/2 inch of sediment at the bottom and tons of bubbles are rising with yeast wimming around...very exciting!


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