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Offline Scholastic Brewer

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Infection or impatience?
« on: March 09, 2020, 06:22:49 PM »
I started a blueberry wine back in January and was looking to get it to about 14% so I pitched RC212. I have since made a Jalapeno wine with a slightly lower ABV which fermented and Clarified really well, but I am still getting activity in the Blueberry wine (a bubble in the Airlock every 2 minutes or so and lots of small bubbles just below the surface of the wine in the fermenter. I pulled a sample today and gravity was at about 0.996. No obvious off flavors, so I'm thinking I just need to wait a bit longer, but I've heard that slow activity like this can be a sign of infection so I just want to put my mind at rest or see what the next step should be. Any thoughts?

Thanks for the help,
John

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Re: Infection or impatience?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2020, 07:16:57 PM »
More likely just dissolved CO2 coming out of solution.  At that gravity, I doubt there's anything left to ferment.
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Re: Infection or impatience?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2020, 07:58:57 PM »
Classic time to say that I'd pull a sample and see where the gravity is at. 

I packaged a couple of beers on Saturday that hadn't bubbled for over a week.  The temp went up on Saturday morning and the bubbles started.  They were done and I kegged them anyway.  bubbles don't really tell you much.

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Re: Infection or impatience?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2020, 08:26:49 PM »
Classic time to say that I'd pull a sample and see where the gravity is at. 

I packaged a couple of beers on Saturday that hadn't bubbled for over a week.  The temp went up on Saturday morning and the bubbles started.  They were done and I kegged them anyway.  bubbles don't really tell you much.

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"I pulled a sample today and gravity was at about 0.996. "
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Re: Infection or impatience?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2020, 08:48:33 PM »
Classic time to say that I'd pull a sample and see where the gravity is at. 

I packaged a couple of beers on Saturday that hadn't bubbled for over a week.  The temp went up on Saturday morning and the bubbles started.  They were done and I kegged them anyway.  bubbles don't really tell you much.

Paul

"I pulled a sample today and gravity was at about 0.996. "

Thanks.  I missed that between reading and typing.   ::)

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Re: Infection or impatience?
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2020, 01:11:59 AM »
This seems totally normal to me. Denny is right that this is co2 coming out of solution, and it will for awhile. I would rack it and not worry.
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