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4 months 1 week ago #3435 by Guvna
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Help! I put down my first attempt 14 days ago based on Gash's Hoppy Pale.
used beersmith to fashion a recipe which estimated OG at 1.049, got temp control set at 18-19 aand first 5 days bubbling away all good,
next after 12 days gravity is 1.019 and i dry hopped, 2 days later still at 1.019. panic seting in.
I thought the Nottingham yeast would have cleaned up by now and finished.
anyway i raised temp to 21.5 and soon aftre started bubbling again? wtf?
Is that the dry hopping or maybe ferment went a bit sleepy?
confused, cheers Guvna

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4 months 1 week ago #3436 by Finnroo
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Ok so your up and running again that s good.That was a good move bumping up the temp like that. I am still having the same problems with my wee heavy using mangrove jacks.
I kept having trouble dropping it down past 1020 and the only way i got it to move was to add another sachet of the same yeast.
After further research i found that that particular yeast is spicificly for stouts and wee heavies and attenuation is not full so to speak. So i thought great no worries ill dump an extra kg of pale malt on my next brew and i did and ended up with an OG of 1072 and i thought great if it ends up at 1020 that will be fine. But guess what, it stopped at 1030 ,id forgotten to check and only checked when putting it into the keg on friday.
So now i have 3 choices, use a different yeast, or pitch another packet after 4 days or start upping the temp after the first day 1 deg at a time until 22deg c. At the end of the day it is what it is and ill soon find a way around it. Good luck cheers, its a great topic , Gash will be able to shine a bit of light on it for us im sure. cheers

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4 months 1 week ago #3437 by Gash
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Nottingham at least for me always finishes a bit high, though you'd expect lower then what you are reading, see how it goes when you take the reading today. Cheers! Let us know

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4 months 6 days ago #3444 by Guvna
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So 48hrs have past , gravity is same at 1.019. My hydrometer appears to be a pint or 2 out making it 1.017 at best. Still seeing a little bubbling after warming up couple of days ago to 21.5. What now? beersmith estimated 1.011, still confused at this point
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4 months 6 days ago #3445 by Gash
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I would say its probably done, bit weird its still bubbling though, dry hops will cause it to bubble, but usually would of stopped in a couple of days. At the temps you're at it should be done, not sure if you can double check your temps for next time, but if you're at 21c for 2 days and the numbers haven't changed its probably done. Reasons? hmmm Hydro could be out as you said, maybe more than you think. Maybe your mash temps were hotter than you thought. Other than that really need the whole info on your brew day, any water treatment you might of done, etc Cheers

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4 months 6 days ago #3446 by Guvna
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4 months 6 days ago #3447 by Guvna
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attached in last post, Thanks for looking Gash

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4 months 6 days ago #3448 by Finnroo
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I would pitch another packet of the same dry yeast, good luck

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4 months 6 days ago #3449 by Gash
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Theres no real reason it should of stopped high with that recipe, though I still think its done if your temps are accurate, but you can do a quick test if you want to, pour off a cup full (enough to take a reading easily) give the sample a good shake and put it somewhere warm for 24hrs (20-25c). Take a reading, if that reading changes you can stuff around with your brew more if it doesn't then there's nothing else to do except package.

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4 months 6 days ago #3450 by Guvna
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Thanks again Gash, its puzzling and frustrating but oh well, experience at the very least. Like you pointed out, Notty yeast should be able to stil ferment out even if temp controller setup was lower than should be. My hydro appears 1-2 points out in water at 20c. Should i bump it up to 23-25c?
As I am planning to keg is there any danger of too much presure inkeg as in bottles if I package prior to complete finish. was planning on bottling remaining few litre, maybe i should use PET instead of glass to be safe?

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Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Sun 18 Nov - 09:45

Well done Ireland :O

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Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Thu 18 Oct - 07:01

Cheers :D

Gash - Tue 16 Oct - 09:18

Happy Birthday Finnroo!

Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Tue 9 Oct - 12:30

Just finished a very successful brew day. The old pale ale, no whistles or bells. Is this rock n roll or what. ha! cheers lol

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