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Old 12-29-2007, 01:50 PM   #1
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I did my first ever extract batch on on Thursday, and things seem to have been going ok. It definitely was a learning experience but I think I didn't screw up too much. Anyhow, fermentation started within about 6-8 hours with nottingham ale yeast as well as a bit of energizer. Throughout the day yesterday the airlock was bubbling happily away so that was good. As of last night I had a nice krausen of about an inch or two formed, and everything was looking pretty normal. I wake up today to check on things and notice that the airlock activity has settled down a lot (though still going) and that the krausen is gone. I don't see anything else forming on top, which is good, but this being my first beer, I don't know if this is normal or not. Any help?


On another note, my apfelwein that I started Wednesday has passed the elephant fart phase (which was mild) so I'm happy with that. Go Go energizer!

 
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:59 PM   #2
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Yep, that's normal. The krausen rises and then falls. Do you see a ring of "stuff" around the inside of the carboy where the krausen was?

 
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:04 PM   #3
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Yep, the ring is there. Thanks for the answer!

 
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:35 PM   #4
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Since i've been doing Hefe's recently, i don't get so much of a ring around the sides as a plastering of gunk on the top of my carboy .

Word of advice if you ever get to do a hefe, use a blow off if you primary it in a carboy, otherwise you may just paint your ceiling hefe colored

 
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:41 PM   #5
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Sounds good to me. My last brew only had a half inch krausen, usually it's closer to an inch or two.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:54 PM   #6
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definitely normal. some yeast strains drop the krausen, others will leave a sort of thick skin krausen residue over the top of the wort. wyeast kolsch strain does this.
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