not fermenting out all the way - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > not fermenting out all the way

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-19-2009, 12:07 AM   #1
bigjim74
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 6


I brewed a Scottish Wee Heavy two weeks ago and added an extra pound of honey. OG was 1.095 and racked to the secondary after one week and the gravity was 1.044. Shouldn't my gravity be lower at this point. This would come out to about a 6.2% abv. Will it continue to ferment further in the secondary?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:09 AM   #2
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,454
Liked 96 Times on 81 Posts


Did you use a special high alcohol yeast? Something like that may require a high alocohol tolerant yeast, and it will take weeks to ferment out, maybe a couple months?? That is a BIG beer


 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:15 AM   #3
bigjim74
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 6

I used a Wyeast 1098. I was under the impression that would ferment out to 10 abv. Could it be stuck and if so can you unstick it?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:17 AM   #4
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,454
Liked 96 Times on 81 Posts


Well, that is a high OG... that will probably take a month to ferment out. It should get it down to 1.025 and 9%

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:20 AM   #5
bigjim74
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 6

Did i screw it up by racking to the secondary too soon?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:25 AM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,201
Liked 7705 Times on 5414 Posts


It's too late now, but for next time remember to not rack to secondary until the beer is finished fermenting.

Is the gravity still dropping? Have you checked it over several days?
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:27 AM   #7
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,454
Liked 96 Times on 81 Posts


+1 with a brew like that, or any brew... dont rack it off all that yeast until it is finished fermenting. It may be difficult to get it down to 1.025 now that it is in the secondary.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:28 AM   #8
bigjim74
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 6

yes I checked today. It dropped from 1.044 to 1.042. What will the end result be that I racked too soon? Do you think it will continue to drop?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:29 AM   #9
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,454
Liked 96 Times on 81 Posts


It should, it will take longer I presume. With a big beer like that, Id shove it in a closet and forget about it for a few weeks, then come back to it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 12:29 AM   #10
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,201
Liked 7705 Times on 5414 Posts


Maybe. You removed most of the yeast when you racked, so you set it back a bit. Leave it alone and check it in 3-4 days and see if it's still dropping. If it is, that's good news.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fermenting hot kendrid Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 38 10-26-2011 02:02 AM
Not done fermenting? bluedragoon85 Extract Brewing 12 04-29-2009 02:33 AM
S l o w fermenting worty Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 02-13-2008 01:19 AM
Done Fermenting? MidRex Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 11-20-2006 11:41 PM
Still Fermenting? Fuzz Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 11-13-2006 12:11 PM


Forum Jump