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Old 07-24-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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I brewed a belgian wit on July 13th, with a white labs liquid yeast starter. The damn thing is still going, the airlock has slow activity and last time i checked the gravity a few days ago it was about 1.018 and the target FG is 1.010. The krausen hasnt fallen yet either.

what is taking it so long?


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that's only 11 days. That's not exceptionally long. Some yeast will take up to 3 weeks to finish. The wit yeast and saison yeasts are known for doing this, so I would just ride it out and see how it goes.
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Being in Buffalo as you are, I am going to assume that you have it fermenting at the optimum temp or higher. Also, OG? Did you make a yeast starter to check if your vial was viable? And good to see your using a hydrometer and not just going on airlock activity. I have seen that with slower fermentations the krausen wont fall as fast. If you give it a gentle rock the krausen should slowly start to fall back into solution or drop out into trub.
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It was down to 1.010 this morning so I racked it to the secondary for a week before i bottle.

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