Is it done? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Is it done?
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-28-2006, 04:05 AM   #1
brackbrew
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Lancaster, PA
Posts: 361
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



So while brewing at a friends last Sunday, I broke my hydrometer (dropped it on the floor...smooth move). I've been unable to make it to my LHBS (which isn't so local--45 minutes away) and didn't think one from online would come in time. I need to bottle a stout tomorrow that's been fermenting since December 29 so I can use that carboy to rack my friends beer (a Hoegaarden clone) on Sunday. My question: do you think it's done? I know that when I racked the beer on January 2 and took a reading, it was 1.026. The target gravity for the recipe was 1.017-1.018. My O.G. was a little higher than the recipe. So, it's been sitting fermenting in the secondary for 25 days, is it ready to bottle?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2006, 04:30 AM   #2
DeRoux's Broux
 
DeRoux's Broux's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2004
Beaumont, Texas
Posts: 2,959
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts


yea, i'd bottle it if it was me. if it's an imperial stout, then i'd let it ride a bit longer. another month or so.


__________________
Cheers!
DeRoux's Broux

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2006, 05:21 PM   #3
casebrew
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
San Diego
Posts: 848
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Could you use a floating thermometer as a hydrometer? Check it in another homebrew- let it go flat first. Then compare float level in degrees between the 2 brews? It won't be exact, but could compare between the two.

But then 3 weeks in secondary shoulda done it....
__________________
So far, I've had more experience thinking than I've had brewing....you don't think they are mutually exclusive, do you?

72 batches so far,
48 wine, mostly Loquat, peach, plum, prickly pear
23 beers and ciders
1 sauerkraut
1 Tequila, from a prickly pear wine experiment that didn't work. I call it "Prickly Heat"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
Truble
 
Truble's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Boston, MA
Posts: 1,101
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts


What's the airlock been doing? Any visible activity?
__________________
Even the strongest blade of grass bends in the wind
--------------------------------------------

Primary: Octoberfest
mini 1G Primary: nichts
Secondary #1: #97 Pale Ale
Secondary #2 nichts
Bottled/Conditioning: nichts

Fully ConditionedDrinking: nichts
All Gone!:
Everything


 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump