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is this normal?
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:30:56 PM »
So I recently made a Dunkelweizen extract 3gal batch. I used Safale WB-06 pitched at 68-70F, and the beer has been fermenting since 4/27 at 61-62F. I pitched the whole packet of yeast. I was just curious if it normal for the primary fermentation to take this long. I was planing of racking to secondary fermenter so i could start another beer. The krausen was great early.

* the O.G. was 1.043



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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 08:16:58 PM »
Make sure to take a hydrometer reading regardless of what it looks like. You may just have a layer of junk material sitting on top of finished beer. I have a 3 week old dark wheat experiment that looks similar. Its done fermenting, but I'm letting it sit to help it settle out.
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 08:18:41 PM »
What is the gravity at now?

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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 08:57:29 PM »
I have not taken one yet, i was planing waiting to rack eventually. I was just surprised that there as still some active fermentation after an extended period of time
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 04:09:44 AM »
That's been almost three weeks.  At the low O.G. it was probably finished in the first few days, but giving it the extra time certainly didn't hurt. 
Some types of yeast leave a lot of stuff floating on the top.  It doesn't mean it is actively fermenting just because is hasn't fallen to the bottom.
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2012, 04:26:03 AM »
weissbier strains in particular are very low flocculating and can have a yeast krausen floating on top a good time after fermentation is finished. That's what makes them "top cropping". Take a gravity reading.
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012, 04:36:14 AM »
+1 for gravity reading. The gravity reading will be the true indicator of whether you fermentation is where it needs to be. Let the numbers tell you what is going on with the beer :)
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012, 06:36:51 AM »
weissbier strains in particular are very low flocculating and can have a yeast krausen floating on top a good time after fermentation is finished. That's what makes them "top cropping". Take a gravity reading.

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Although I have no personal experience with the strain you mentioned.
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2012, 12:04:59 PM »
So I attempted to get a gravity reading with my hydrometer, however, it would not float. So i have no idea the actual gravity. So i rack the beer to secondary to remove the trub and stuff and then wait a couple to days for the beer to clear up and then take another reading? I think i may also be going shopping for a refractometer, anybody know a good brand for cheapish?
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2012, 12:24:09 PM »
Is your hydrometer cracked?  Is there liquid inside?  I've never seen one that wouldn't float.

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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2012, 12:29:42 PM »
So I attempted to get a gravity reading with my hydrometer, however, it would not float. So i have no idea the actual gravity. So i rack the beer to secondary to remove the trub and stuff and then wait a couple to days for the beer to clear up and then take another reading? I think i may also be going shopping for a refractometer, anybody know a good brand for cheapish?

How did you try to get the reading?
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2012, 12:39:58 PM »
I used a wine thief to collect about 100ml of liquid, put in the hydrometer case (like every other reading i have taken). I spun the hydrometer a couple times to remove any O2. then released it and it sank, didn't float i repeated these steps a couple of times but with no luck.
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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2012, 01:13:21 PM »
I think i may also be going shopping for a refractometer, anybody know a good brand for cheapish?

Check out http://seanterrill.com/, read up on his work related to FG/OG, re-read it again, then check out ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RSG-100ATC-Brix-Beer-Sugar-Wine-Wort-SG-0-32-ATC-Refractometer-blue-rubber-/300618823944?pt=BI_Cellular_Optical_Television_Test_Equipment&hash=item45fe473908

I've only used this one once so far but it's really simple to use.  No more broken hydrometers for me.



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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2012, 01:28:18 PM »
I used a wine thief to collect about 100ml of liquid, put in the hydrometer case (like every other reading i have taken). I spun the hydrometer a couple times to remove any O2. then released it and it sank, didn't float i repeated these steps a couple of times but with no luck.

My hydrometer will not float in 100ml, put in enough liquid until it floats. You can do this with the hydrometer in its case, you spin it to remove the bubbles that cling to the surface around the hydrometer so you can see the reading. Save your money for another fermentor.

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Re: is this normal?
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2012, 01:58:55 PM »
I have always used 100ml to measure, my hydrometer usually wont float w/o that amount. In fact just 2 days i used it check my F.G. on my American Wheat with no issues, thus why i'm confused now why it wont float?
“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drank, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.