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first octoberfest
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:32:03 AM »
Hey all

I brewed my first octoberfest two weeks ago. After I saw some activity in primary, I brought temp down to 50f. A few days ago, it looked like all settled to bottom and wort was clear. I raised temp to 65. Today I checked spg and it is 1.023. Recipe says fg should be 1.015. I taste rested from thief and taste ok but has a "sharp" zing to it. Right now, the beer will only be 3.5%. Anything I can do to get spg down? more yeast? more time?

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 12:12:18 PM »
Wait a couple days and ck FG again. If still dropping give it some more time. That ‘zing’ might be yeast still working.

If it’s not dropping I would gently stir with a sanitized spoon to rouse the yeast. YMMV


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Re: first octoberfest
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 07:16:04 AM »
thanks, will give it a go

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Re: first octoberfest
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 09:28:55 AM »
Using a hydrometer? Calibrated recently?
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Re: first octoberfest
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 06:25:29 PM »
If you go the route of rousing the yeast, be very careful if you're stirring in a glass fermenter with a metal spoon.  I had to do that recently, and luckily there was no problem, but I was paranoid the whole time!

Do you guys think it would be helpful to give it an oxygen boost at this point, or would that oxidize the beer?

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Re: first octoberfest
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 05:12:34 AM »
Using a hydrometer? Calibrated recently?

How would I calibrate the hydrometer?

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Re: first octoberfest
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 05:24:42 AM »
Using a hydrometer? Calibrated recently?

How would I calibrate the hydrometer?

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Your not so much calibrating as checking the calibration and adjusting if it's off. Simply look at your chart you get and see what temperature it is meant to be used at and test it in plain water at that temp. It should be very close to 1.000.
Also, when measuring the gravity of wort or beer make sure you adjust for temperature using that chart.
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Re: first octoberfest
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 06:24:40 AM »
ok makes sense. thanks