« on: July 04, 2010, 12:05:23 AM »
Well, this is my first batch ever, so this is a learning process for me. And I also admit I am still learning the virtue of patience in waiting for the beer to be finished. I'm pretty sure the fermenting is not done yet, but I was surprised by something that happened:
By the evening of the day I brewed, the fermenter started bubbling. Over the next three days it seemed happily vigorous. It appeared that the fermentation had slowed down on the fourth day as there was no activity in the bubbler. So I took a sample (by pouring some beer from the spigot of my plastic bucket fermenter, but not actually moving the fermenter). The beer had gone from 1040 to 1014. The taste was decent, nothing really funky in the flavors, so that's probably a good sign. But while I was taking the hydrometer readings, it seemed like the fermentation started up again, and the bubbler started bubbling about every 45 to 60 seconds, while before, it hadn't been bubbling at all (at least for 10 minutes when I was down there near the fermenter). I assume the fermentation is still going on and I probably need to get down to around 1010 on the hydrometer, but of course I'll really wait until I get two days of the same hydrometer reading. Anyway, any explanation on why the fermenter started bubbling again? I didn't think I really disturbed the beer enough just by taking a small sample of less than a measuring cup through the spigot.