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Hi guys,

I am brewing my first batch using a true brew red ale kit. I followed the instructions to a t. I pitched the yeast (non re-hydrated) at 78 degrees. I had a lot of activity within 6 hours and lasting for about 36 hours. This morn the activity had stopped and I had very little foam on the mixture. I can see a yeast ring on the side of the bucket as well. I have yet to take a gravity reading (but will do so when I get home tonight).

Is the active fermentation typically done in 36 hours?

Thanks!

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All is good. It went to plan. The yeast is still busy, just less so. :)

Edit: Don't take a reading for a couple of weeks. You would be making an uneccessary opportunity to infect it.
 
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Thanks guys. I was going to transfer it to my secondary in 10 days so I can start the next batch. Are there any foreseeable issues with transferring it at that time frame?
 

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Thanks guys. I was going to transfer it to my secondary in 10 days so I can start the next batch. Are there any foreseeable issues with transferring it at that time frame?
If you are doing a secondary, then 10 days is good. You can also take that opportunity to take that hydro reading.
 
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Thanks Budz! I will take the hydro reading before the transfer. My Primary has a spigot for bottling so I will check it from there to prevent infection of the batch.

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That's the same kit I just bottled :) My fermentation was also very quick (I pitched about 78 too), it peaked probably about 36 hours and was done visibly doing anything by 48 hours. My FG was a little high, 1.020 instead of their target 1.014, but my sample of the flat and unaged beer was pretty positive. I waited 15 days total before going to bottle, probably could have been a little longer, but I'm impatient for the first one ;) We'll have to compare notes on how they come out!
 
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Gremlyn,

The ale smells like it is on track from the wiffs out of the airlock (and smell of my kitchen, the wife loves that). I am also pretty impatient to get this brew in a bottle! I am going to go pick up some local microbrew Double IPA to ease my impatience :drunk:

I am kinda pissed that I forgot to take a OG reading (due to a broken hydrometer for my brew store). So I wont know what I am working with in my gravity readings. We will definitely have to compare notes on the final results. When are you going to crack open the first brew? :mug:
 

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I just got it into the piggies, so I'll let it go 2-3 weeks on the carbonation/aging.

Mine smelled good from the airlock too... everyday I would come home and give the lid a little push to release yummy smells ;)

As for the wife... she had a terrible head cold the day I brewed so she couldn't smell a thing! Told her it didn't smell at all :D
 

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Took a semi-carbonated taste last night. It seems to be coming along nicely :D
 
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