This batch was going great...until...I checked fermentation 2 weeks in (at 62F in my fermentation chamber using s-04) and still had a reading of 1.032 (it started at 1.062)!! What? This couldn't be. I raised the temp to 68F and waited 2 more weeks and it was exactly 1.032.
I thought it was done. I started to cold crash it and was going to bottle it in a few days with half the priming sugar so I didn't make a whole lot of bottle bombs.
I headed to my LHBS and told them what was going on. The guy says (in a nutshell), "Whoa, you don't want to do that, it's way too high. Go home warm it up and pitch two more packs to see if you can restart the fermentation."
I went home and went to go change my temperature controller, opened up the freezer, and saw I had forgotten to remove the blow off tube! There sat a half empty growler of star san and a carboy with about a half gallon more liquid inside it's belly.
I've come this far we'll just see where it goes from here. Re-checked gravity...as expected, exactly 1.032. I warmed it up and pitched both packs of S-04 and waited a week.
Not a single bubble in now what is a simple air lock. Re-re-checked gravity, guess what? 1.032 on the nose.
Just so happens I was reading through the forums the other day when I came across an interesting thread. As I read and scrolled, read and scrolled I came across a post that grabbed my attention. I read the first line. I'm sure you heard the smack around the world as one said hand hit one said head. Refractometers don't take accurate readings when there is alcohol present in one said carboy of what was supposed to be a Zombie Dust clone.
AAHHHHHHH DOUBLE CRUD x2!!!!
I, literally, just took a gravity with my HYDROMETER and it's...wait for it...wait for it... 1.010. And now it has an extra half gallon of star san and O2 as I swished and swirled that carboy every couple of hours after I re-pitched two packs of S-04, AND has now been sitting at basement temps for the past week or so.
I was so excited and now so bummed. It was going to be really good...I just knew it.
To all of you whom made it this far in my sob story, what would you do with the "extra love" I added to my beer? Pitch or bottle with the star san (it's actually the low foam stuff and can't remember the a actual name). Have any of you done the same thing? What did you do? If you bottled, was it worth the effort and time? Should I just re-brew the batch and start from scratch? Drinkable or not, that is the question?
One said brewer,