- Dec 2, 2008
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I have had my beer fermenting for 3 weeks and was ready to bottle today and the FG is at 1.020 will the beer still beer be ok if i go ahead and bottle it at this gravity ?
Not really. If your SG readings are significantly high, taste the hydrometer sample. If it's sweet, you've likely got a stalled fermentation, in which case bottling is not a good idea. You may not get bombs, but you may get gushers and/or unbalanced beers.As long as you've taken 2 readings a few days apart that have been the same-it's likley finished and you can bottle.
Without more information, the best I can say is maybe.
What was the OG, the recipe, the yeast strain, etc.?
Often times a recipe predicts a 75% attenuation even though the recipe is not likely to achieve it, due to adjuncts, specialty grains and yeast choice.
If you pitched a good amount of yeast and your temperature was consistent and above 65F, and it has been in the fermenter for 3 weeks then it should be done and safe to bottle. I've had many beers finish higher than 1.020, but I usually have expected it and when it was unexpected, I was able to determine why my expectations were incorrect.