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Old 07-19-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Hefeweizen - Almost Done?

Well, my OG was 1.050, and when I checked yesterday, the gravity was 1.021. It should be done when it's at around 1.018, right? If so, I guess I have a few more days of waiting...

Also, it has a significant banana odor, is that due to a warmer ferment (70*)? I like it, but it isn't anything bad, right?


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Old 07-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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FG would depend, but you should have a general idea based on your recipe. How long has it been in? 1.021 is on the high side and I'd give it a few more days just to see what happens.

Banana odor from hefeweizen, totally normally. Some yeasts are more banana like than others.


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The general rule I was told is to calculate 35% of OG is what your FG should be. So, 1.050 was the OG, 35% of that is 0.0175, so 1.018. Is that a decent gauge to use? It's been about 10 days, so I guess a few more days in the primary for the hefe, then off to bottle.

I'm going to do some more DME extracts, then I'm going to take a class at my local homebrew shop on all-grain, *gulp*...

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How long has it been in the fermenter? I did an American Hefe last with an OG of 1.048 and a FG of 1.010. Your final gravity seems a bit high. I left mine in the fermenter for just over 2 weeks and in the bottles for 3 weeks and it turned out beautiful.
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Not ready...most HW midrange attenuation is 75%...50/4=12.5...when your FG is 12 or 13 then it's ready to check/done.
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So, the 35% rule is not universal, gotcha. I'll wait it out until it's at 12 or so, thanks for the help.


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