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I brewed a batch of 1.050 OG beer a week ago, pitched with S-04 then proceeded to break my hydrometer during clean-up. I don’t know what came over me, but I decided to bottle after a week. There was no airlock activity for at least a couple days, but of course I couldn’t take any gravity readings. Did I make a mistake? I’ve never used 04 before, but I thought I read somewhere that fermentation goes quick, like only a few days.

I don't know if it was a mistake or not but you did hurry the process.
S-04 does run through the active fermentation phase pretty quickly but generally speaking most yeast needs a few days after the active phase to finish the process.
Did you taste the beer while you were bottling?
If it wasn't doen fermenting, the beer will be over-carbed and you'll have gushers.
Anyway, at this point you won't know how the beer turned out until you open the first bottle.

I use S-04 a lot and it is a very fast yeast. Don't know what style you are making or how much you pitched but generally at 1.050 OG your beer should come out fine at a week though the flavor might be effected with a shorted time. Did you taste it before bottling? How did it taste?

It should be fine. Assuming you pitched enough yeast, an average-gravity ale will reach FG in 3-5 days.

Yeah, I tasted it. It seemed a little sweet (malty, really), but I kind of expected that considering my mash temps and malts used. It actually tasted surprisingly finished.

There's not much I can do now. It'll be fine. It always is. I did prime it fairly weak, so that might help.


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