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Offline cfleisher

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Is it too soon to bottle?
« on: August 27, 2011, 10:14:25 PM »
I've got a batch of Super Saison that has been fermenting in the primary for 4 weeks. The airlock still shows some slow activity (one bubble every 20-30 seconds) but I'm afraid to leave it on the yeast much longer, lest it develop off flavors. Any thoughts? Should I bottle it, rack it to a secondary or let it ride and not worry about it?
Primary: Jalapeno porter
Secondary: doppelbock

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Re: Is it too soon to bottle?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2011, 12:16:12 AM »
Bottle. Four weeks should have been enough.
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Re: Is it too soon to bottle?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2011, 12:39:58 AM »
Check your gravity.  Decide based on that.  Euge is probably right though.
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Re: Is it too soon to bottle?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2011, 06:55:57 AM »
Air lock bubbles only mean CO2 is coming out. It dosen't necessarily mean it's still fermenting.

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Re: Is it too soon to bottle?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 06:26:52 PM »
Air lock bubbles only mean CO2 is coming out. It dosen't necessarily mean it's still fermenting.

Very true.  Trust your hydrometer only.  Three days at the same gravity, but after a month, maybe you can get by with two days checking it out.
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