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Title: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 23, 2015, 03:32:51 AM
I brewed an (Imperial) Red Ale 10 days ago (posted in another topic), OG was 1.070, and I was hoping for a FG of 1.016. I checked for the second time today and it seems to be stuck at 1.020. Looks like the fermentation is pretty much done. I've agitated the carboy to rouse the yeast two days ago and it didn't change. Is there anything I can do to drop it a couple points? I'd like to get it to 1.018 at least... Or should I just call it good, dry hop and cold crash??
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: cascadesrunner on December 23, 2015, 03:40:52 AM
Call it good and package.
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Stevie on December 23, 2015, 03:51:02 AM
Hard to say without full details, but yeah, 71% ADF is likely done.
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 23, 2015, 04:21:21 AM
8.5 lbs Maris Otter, 1.75 lbs Vienna, 1.5 lbs Cara Ruby, 15oz Crystal 80, 7.5oz Crystal 120... Mashed 60 minutes at 152°, boiled 80 minutes.
1oz NB at 80, 0.5oz Amarillo and Columbus 30min, 0.5oz Amarillo and Columbus 15 min, 1oz Centennial at flame out.
Pitched a 1200mL WL001 starter.

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Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 23, 2015, 04:38:59 AM
Too much cara/crystal?

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Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Stevie on December 23, 2015, 05:29:47 AM

Too much cara/crystal?

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Maybe? Not familiar with cara ruby, but that is a fairly substantial amount of c80 and c120. I'd call it done
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 23, 2015, 06:01:01 AM
That's what I was thinking as well. Thanks!!

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Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 23, 2015, 06:22:36 AM
So, I have never racked to a secondary, but I was thinking about it this time. Would it help with clarity? Is it worth doing at all?

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Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 23, 2015, 12:57:22 PM
If you're trying to drop a few more points, racking to secondary is the last thing you want to do. Removing the beer from most of the yeast will guarantee your FG stays where it's at. I say move it to a warmer room (or raise temp however you do it to around 75F), rouse gently,  and give it a week. If FG hasn't changed by then, package and drink.
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 23, 2015, 01:01:19 PM
If you're trying to drop a few more points, racking to secondary is the last thing you want to do. Removing the beer from most of the yeast will guarantee your FG stays where it's at. I say move it to a warmer room (or raise temp however you do it to around 75F), rouse gently,  and give it a week. If FG hasn't changed by then, package and drink.
Yes, I was just resigned to the current FG and ready to move on.

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Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: morticaixavier on December 23, 2015, 03:37:01 PM
How does it taste? if it tastes good and the gravity is no longer changing just package and enjoy. if it still seems a bit too sweet try rousing and raising the temp again.

if you want to try pitching a big, active, healthy starter at high krausen you MIGHT be able to drop it a couple more points.
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Frankenbrew on December 24, 2015, 12:23:22 AM
If you're trying to drop a few more points, racking to secondary is the last thing you want to do. Removing the beer from most of the yeast will guarantee your FG stays where it's at. I say move it to a warmer room (or raise temp however you do it to around 75F), rouse gently,  and give it a week. If FG hasn't changed by then, package and drink.

This is good advice!
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 24, 2015, 03:43:32 AM
I moved it to a warm room (73°) and I'll check it Christmas day, then I'll crash it regardless if it changes.. Thanks for the advice!!
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: 69franx on January 13, 2016, 07:44:41 PM
Jflo, where did you wind up on this one?
Title: Re: Reaching FG
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on January 19, 2016, 02:26:48 AM
Jflo, where did you wind up on this one?
Stayed at 1.020, 6.56%... Although 75.2 IBU's, it has a nice sweet malty backbone.

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