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Old 11-24-2008, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default 72 hrs and it's still at 1.020.

I have taken hydrometer readings in the past three days, and all three have read a F.G. at 1.020.

Top of wort is very clear now, hardly any foam. What might have stopped the fermentation, even though the airlock keeps bubbling?

Is it time to just rack to secondary and live with less Alcohol?

My O.G was 1.060


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Old 11-24-2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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How long has it been in the primary?


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7 days in primary
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It'll probably drop a few more points. I'd cover it back up tightly, gently swirl it around and wait a few more days. In about 3-4 days, you may want to rack it if you're using a secondary. Depending on the OG, the yeast, and the recipe, you may be about done.
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It'll probably drop a few more points. I'd cover it back up tightly, gently swirl it around and wait a few more days. In about 3-4 days, you may want to rack it if you're using a secondary. Depending on the OG, the yeast, and the recipe, you may be about done.
I agree, give it a little stir and wait a couple more days.

I had this same problem, and stirred and the bubbler went crazy for a day then completly stopped.
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Took another reading this morning.

Still at 1.020. This sucks.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:57 PM   #7
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I didn't see any specifics (recipe, ferment temp, yeast strain). Without ay other info I'd check:

The temp, if it got too cold the yeast could have went dormant.

Sometimes racking into the secondary will wake them up. I have had high final gravities kick back in in the secondary and clean up a bit.

Warmth and agitation will usually wake up a sluggish yeast.
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I checked my first batch yesterday because I hadn't seen any air lock activity in 4 or 5 days and the gravity was 1.020. I put the lid back on took out the air lock and covered with some sanitized wrap and shook the fermenter. Cleaned and sanitized the airlock and put it back in. This morning there's not much activity but it looks like the yeasties are back in business
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I didn't see any specifics (recipe, ferment temp, yeast strain).
Let's have that before we start talking about suckage. Depending on the recipe and yeast strain, it could very well be as done as it's going to get.

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I didn't see any specifics (recipe, ferment temp, yeast strain). Without ay other info I'd check:

The temp, if it got too cold the yeast could have went dormant.

Sometimes racking into the secondary will wake them up. I have had high final gravities kick back in in the secondary and clean up a bit.

Warmth and agitation will usually wake up a sluggish yeast.
White Labs Californa Ale

1.060 O.G.

66-68 F fermentation temp.


So, should I rack to secondary in hopes it wakes the yeast up?


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