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Offline oscarvan

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Is it done?
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:45:06 AM »
First batch, partial extract APA..... per recipe og 1054 fg 1014 - 5g batch fermenting in 6g bucket.

OK, it's day 8 and although there is still some activity, I can get a bubble or so/half hour, the sniff test on the air lock indicated that it was very much getting there, so I HAD to go in.

Properly sanitized the beer thief and quickly popped the lid to get my sample....... My og was 1053.....gravity now..... 1010 !!!!!!!

Conditions iside were interesting for the noob. The big green ring around the collar (see the noob does a stoopid thread) and a layer of white foam on the surface, appeared to be about 1/4" thick.

Now for the important part. Flavor OUTSTANDING. Even though not carbonated it had a slight fizzyness and was very, very much like my favorite household beer, (SNPA). Body was good, bitterness good, so for me, the proud father of his first batch it scores very high on the drinkability scale. OK, ANYTHING drinkable would have made me happy, but this exceeds my expectations by a mile. Can you tell I'm excited?

Now to the questions...... where do we go from here? I will be kegging this and speed carbonating, 2 days at 30 psi. I know, I need more patience and I will be more patient next batches, but I need SOMETHING coming out of that tap so I can stop buying cases of beer...... you know.

1 Although there is still some activity, gravity says it's done. Is it?
2 Popping the lid let air in..... is that bad?
3 I'll be autosiphoning this off (no tap on the bucket). Would the foam layer on top disappear if I waited longer?  On the other thread someone suggested swirling, then tilting the bucket, letting it settle and then putting the siphon in the shallow end. I like that.

Your (much appreciated) thoughts?
« Last Edit: November 29, 2010, 11:05:50 AM by oscarvan »
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 10:53:10 AM »
Relax and give it time (easier said than done).

Take SG readings for 3 days and if it's the same, then it has completed fermentation.  However, allowing time for settling of yeast will clear the beer and an extra week to 10 days will help clear up any remaining fermentation by-products.  Patience, my friend.

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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010, 11:16:26 AM »
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Patience, my friend.

I'm trying...... REALLY HARD!
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 11:17:11 AM »
 Patience is the greatest (and hardest to apply) virtue a brewer can have.
 
 Give it another week and then set the co2 to the proper pressure and let it do its thing for another week. You'll be glad you did.

I've been in your shoes though. If the excitement and anticipation is too much to bear, rack it into the keg and throw the pressure to it. ;D
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 11:21:13 AM »
The one question I had...... Opening the lid introduces air....... is that a problem? Or will it be replaced with CO2 in short order?
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 12:02:30 PM »
Won't hurt anything. There is plenty of co2 in solution that is bubbling out. Just don't stir it around wit the lid off.
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2010, 12:16:54 PM »
Won't hurt anything. There is plenty of co2 in solution that is bubbling out. Just don't stir it around wit the lid off.

Nope didn't touch it other than a quick dip with the sanitized beer thief. OK, I feel better now. I will start my meditation and let the beer be.... oooooohhhhhhmmmmmm.

In fact, I just thought of a great dristraction...... BREW MORE BEER! Just got "Beer Captured" in the mail. Abbey of Leffe Blonde......YES!
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2010, 05:34:26 AM »
OK, all visible signs of fermentation have stopped. It's barely pushing the "hat" in the air lock. I'll give it a few days and then keg it.
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2010, 07:42:19 AM »
Wait until it drops bright.
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2010, 07:47:52 AM »
Wait until it drops bright.

I like Gordon"s suggestion. I won't mention the "P" word again.  ;)

When it is bright it is ready for racking. All of the undesirables will hopefully be gone and the beer will be ready for carbonating.

Good Luck!  8)
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2010, 07:52:16 AM »
Will do. This first batch LHBS talked me into a bucket. Next batch will be in a carboy so I can see what's going on. I don't like the idea of pulling the lid on it.......
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2010, 07:57:08 AM »
Will do. This first batch LHBS talked me into a bucket. Next batch will be in a carboy so I can see what's going on. I don't like the idea of pulling the lid on it.......

Just to play devil's advocate, how would a carboy change that? You still have to open it to take readings and to transfer.
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2010, 08:02:46 AM »
Yes, but you can see when it drops clear. I took a reading yesterday and cam in below projected fg so I assuming fermentation is complete.

Another question..... there's room in the keggerator.......(40º) I've read it helps dropping particulates out if it's chilled. Anyone recommend this?
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2010, 08:16:17 AM »
Crash cooling can help clarify beer, but you need to make sure the yeast are really done first.  It's not just about converting sugars.  It's about cleaning up after themselves.  Reducing diacetyl, acetaldehyde, etc.  Green beer flavors.  It's part of conditioning.  Yeast drop out when they're done; if you want to force them out, make sure they're done.  Taste your beer.

Certain yeast don't floc as well, and might need to be fined.  Chilling can help some of them, but not all.

So keep things in order.  Make sure fermentation is done.  Make sure the beer is conditioned.  Address clarity.  Package.
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Re: Is it done?
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2010, 08:37:42 AM »
Gotcha. We wait......... :P
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