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Old 03-02-2006, 03:57 AM   #1
Oct 2005
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The bubbling has stopped (since this morning), and the level in the air lock is almost equal on both sides. Primary began late Saturday night. I ran a high gravity yeast, so I'm not sure how that would change times/rates.

So, 2 questions:

1.) Is it ready to rack?
2.) Should I throw in some nutrient when I rack it, to make sure I can get this thing carbonated?


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Old 03-02-2006, 04:41 AM   #2
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Do you have hydrometer? Check the gravity

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Old 03-02-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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Personally, I'd say that if it's stopped bubbling, primary fermentation is complete. I'd rack it to secondary anytime between now and Saturday. Take a hydrometer reading when you do that. If it is significantly lower than your original gravity, then you're gold. I bet it is.
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:44 AM   #4
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I'd let it sit a few more days even if primary fermentation is complete. I 'd give it a complete week. Then transfer over to secondary, or rack to bottling bucket. No nutrient needed. Just add the priming sugar to the bottling bucket and make sure it mixes completely.
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:42 PM   #5
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Nothing wrong with going the complete 7 days. My primary fementation normally only takes 4-6 days, but I leave it the full 7, then secondary for at least 2.

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