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Is it possible?
« on: October 28, 2015, 12:24:07 am »
I have brewed a weizen beer on the 23rd of October this month.  I have a chest freezer I have converted to a fermentation vessel using the ST1000 which works like a charm.  I live in San Clemente, Ca. and the temperature in the garage currently is holding the fermentation right at about 18 C.  I grew a vile of wyeast #3068 for 36 hours and pitched it, the fermentation went off around 7 hours later and was very aggressive.  As of today the 27th I have seen no activity to speak of however in the air lock water there are still bubbles on the surface of the water so I am assuming it is still active.  I want to make sure before I cold crash this beer, as I am going for a crystal weizen look and feel here that the fermentation is complete. 

Is it possible the fermentation is completed after only 4 days?
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 12:39:50 am by PAYCHECK »
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Is it possible?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2015, 02:34:02 am »
Take a reading and find out. Also, remember that airlock activity isn't a reliable indicator of fermentation status.

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Re: Is it possible?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2015, 05:40:43 am »
You need to verify you're at final gravity. Do this by taking 2-3 hydrometer readings, 2-3 days apart each. It's the only way to know the yeast is finished.
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Re: Is it possible?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2015, 06:20:45 am »
To answer the question, yes, it is not only possible, but likely done.  You still need to check and it wouldn't hurt to let it work several days longer.
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Re: Is it possible?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2015, 06:29:28 am »
Hefeweizen yeast strains are notoriously fast.  It's most likely finished, that's very normal.  But, like the others suggested, take gravity readings a few days apart just to make sure.  Then you'll be ready to bottle or keg.... or cold crash if you want kristall style.

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