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Offline Kelvard

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How Quick Is To Quick?
« on: April 11, 2015, 06:18:31 PM »
Hello all!

I'm brewing a milk chocolate stout with WY3068 yeast (to give it a banana flavor), and my OG was 1.082 last night at 6PM when I finished up. Now, about 20 hours later, it's down to 1.030. Is this okay for fermentation to happen that quick? My house temp has been around 68-72 degrees, and when I checked the beer temp, it was 71 degrees (I'm okay with it being a little higher, to accentuate the banana flavor).

I did make a two liter starter, so maybe that's it. I'm just curious about it already being over 2/3 fermented in less than 24 hours. Is this okay?

Thanks in advance for you help!!

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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2015, 09:32:47 PM »
I don't think that much of a gravity drop could happen in less than a day, especially with the pitching rate and temperature being normal.
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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2015, 09:49:23 PM »
If you measured the gravity with a refractometer, did you correct for the presence of ETOH?

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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 10:00:20 PM »
Yeah, everything is corrected.

I did forget to mention there's only 2 1/2 gallons in the bucket. Since I was experimenting, I didn't make my typical 5 gallon batch.

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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2015, 11:25:37 PM »
So you are using a refractometer? If so, your gravity probably hasn't dropped enough to get a good estimated gravity.
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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2015, 03:50:08 AM »
I have heard of 24 hour fermentations..Quick lag and attenuation phase with a healthy pitch.. but I'd still wait some days to let the yeast clean up the by products. You still have a ton of time before autolysis even becomes a consideration. As they say.. relax, and have a homebrew.   ;D
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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2015, 01:23:57 PM »
Quick fermentation is very normal for hefeweizen yeasts.
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Re: How Quick Is To Quick?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2015, 12:43:58 AM »
So you are using a refractometer? If so, your gravity probably hasn't dropped enough to get a good estimated gravity.

I'm using a hydrometer.

That's what I've been hearing about 3068. Just surprised me a little to see it move that fast, but from everything I've heard, it should come out fine. Gonna be a long couple of months to try this out!