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Postby gregyb » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:00 am

Hey guys, just looking for a bit of advice,

Ive been brewing an irish stout from a kit. Its been in the fermenter for about 9 days. It hasnt shown any visible signs of activity the last 2-3 days. I was planning on bottling tomorrow saturday after i had taken gravity readings but am unsure if its too soon. OG was 1050. Today it read 1022. Is it too soon to bottle?? It tasted pretty decent but had a slight sweetness to it so maybe a bit of sugar left to ferment.

Any advice much appreciated.

Thanks

Greg
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Postby TheBeerNut » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:54 pm

The main thing is that you have stable gravity readings several days apart. I would say nine days is too soon anyway, and 1.022 seems very high. Give it another week and take a reading every two or three days, would be my advice.
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Postby gregyb » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:58 pm

Cheers John, This is my first attempt at brewing so i want it to turn out as good as possible. I think ill give it another week to be sure.
Thanks for your reply/advice

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Postby TheBeerNut » Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:01 pm

As a rule of thumb I'd give every batch two weeks minimum fermentation.
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Postby gregyb » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:58 am

I left the beer for another week as suggested. I took readings throughout the week a few days apart and the gravity reading seemed to be stuck at 1020.
I kept it at around 20 degrees and was in the fermenter for 2 and a half weeks.
I tasted each sample and didnt seem as sweet anymore and there was no obvious activity goin on so i decided to bottle.
Im using the PET bottles so hopefully there sturdy enough to withstand any extra pressure.
Whats the likelyhood that ill have any problems?
OG was 1050 FG was 1020.
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Postby TheBeerNut » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:02 am

I've had the Cooper's Brewmaster Irish Stout kit finish at 1.020 a couple of times, so I'd say yours is done too. It should be fine.
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Postby gregyb » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:39 am

Cheers John, Gonna leave them now for a month, might try one after 2 weeks then again after 3 for taste comparison.

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