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Herminator:
So, brewed my first batch this past Saturday, Oct. 20th and everything went as planned!  Super excited.  Fermentation took off rather quickly with lots of karusen and with a fair amount of CO release/bubbles.  Now, Tuesday evening, the krausen has fallen to basically nothing and the CO release is bubbling maybe once every 30 seconds to 1 minute.  I thought krausen lasted longer than essentially 2.5 days.  Is it normal for it to fall so quickly?

The beer is a an Irish Red extract beer.  Temp has been steady 68-70.

THanks for all of your help...and if I need to relax and have a homebrew, just let me know.   ;D

euge:
It's not un-normal. ;)

Sounds like a fast ferment but krausen is only one indicator of a good fermentation. Leave the beer alone until at least 10 days have passed. Then check the gravity.

Herminator:
Thanks Euge for the info and response.  I will do a gravity test here in a few days.  I don't have the OG.  Will that make a difference in determining my later reading or should I just be looking to hit the specific gravity range?  Sorry for all the noob questions. 

morticaixavier:

--- Quote from: hd3 on October 24, 2012, 12:48:33 PM ---Thanks Euge for the info and response.  I will do a gravity test here in a few days.  I don't have the OG.  Will that make a difference in determining my later reading or should I just be looking to hit the specific gravity range?  Sorry for all the noob questions.

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no specific range perse. what you are looking for is two readings a few days apart that are the same. That being said if it's stupid high, like above 1.020 you might have questions but more than anything it's about stability of readings.

On the missing OG, is this an extract batch? if so you can probably assume that the OG was more or less whatever the kit/math works out to. If all grain, it's a mystery at this point.

Herminator:
Great.  Thanks.  I will take a reading of the brew on friday and another on Sunday.  It was an extract batch (first batch ever).  Looked  up the OG numbers of the kit and it indicated 1044.  I guess my next question is...what numbers should I be looking for now.  Again, sorry for the noob questions, I'm still reading palmer's book.

Thanks!

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