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This is my first brew, sun. feb 29- 04. This batch has been brewing for 36
hours now, and has slowed down to one bubble every two seconds.should I
leave it alone until the14 of march. then can I prime it and bottle it . any
advice will be helpful.

thank you

Jim

first time brewer



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Hello!  Yes, it should be done in about 2 weeks.  (Depending upon your
room temperature, it could be done earlier.  If you have a hydrometer,
after about a week you can carefully check it (sanitize!) every other
day or so and when the specific gravity is constant over 3 or more days,
then it is finished and you can bottle then.  If you don't have a
hydrometer, just waiting the 2 weeks should be fine (if your room temp
is normal - 65F or more).

RDWHAHB (Relay, Don't Worry, Have a HomeBrew)!  (Well, substitute
your favorite for HomeBrew until you have some HB!) :)

Derric


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I'm having the same problem.  My first batch has been going for 3 days, but
I promised myself I'd let it set for a full week before bottling.

Sure smells yummy tho!

:-)

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Jeremy Anderson
(janderson at miletwo dawt calm)



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general rule of thumb is 2 weeks for fermentation to complete, not one, so
dont get too anxious.  if you have a hydrometer, you can check the specific
gravity every couple of days after the first week and once the specific
gravity has stabilized, it's ready for priming/bottling. if you don't have a
hydrometer, then 2 weeks is usually sufficient.

i generally "primary ferment" for the first week, transfer to a glass
carboy, and continue from there until the brew is ready for bottling.

bob p

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It's a cooper's kit and the instructions say to ferment for 6-8 days or
until bubbling stops, then to bottle and condition for 7 to 10 days.  Will
my beer suck if I do this? What happens if I bottle too soon?  I don't want
to blow my first batch, I have nothing to drink but Guiness until this is
done!  Waaaaa!  :-)


Thanks,
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Jeremy Anderson
(janderson at miletwo dawt calm)


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6-8 days sounds a little short to me, but if that's what the kit says, then
i'd follow the directions.

like i said, the best way to tell if the brew is ready for priming/bottling
is to use a hydrometer to monitor the spec. gravity.  when it stabilizes for
a couple of days, it's ready.  the old 'no more bubbles' is also a decent
rough indicator that fermentation is complete.

bp

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First thing i learned in homebrewing is to never follow instructions in a
kit. Those instructions are easy to follow so people think it's easy, cheap
and fast to make beer. Sure it make inexpensive beer but with the same kit
you can make a lot better beer with just a bit more trouble.

First go to http://www.howtobrew.com/ take some time to read chapter 1 and
chapter 3 (at least). This will give you the base to start making realy good
beer. I would compare using a kit with the instruction like doing a Kraft
Dinner for lunch, for almost the same price and trouble you can use real
pasta and real cheese and make something that you can be proud to show your
friends. There is notting wrong in using kits, there are some that are
really good (the top of the shelf that includes all the ingredients even
some finishing hops), but you will be surprised at how fun it is and how
good you can make some beer if you learn the basic.
--
Altair (:-o)>=
"The History of every major Galactic Civilisation tends to pass through
three distinct and recognisable phases... characterised by the questions How
can we eat? Why do we eat? and Where shall we have lunch?"
Douglas Adams.



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What will I find there that's not in "The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing?"
I can't go to beer websites @ work (where I am now), so I'm just wondering.

Charlie's book is great and I've learned a ton, but there is nothing in
there about modifying the instructions in my kit.  I don't have a hydrometer
or refractometer yet, so I'm relying on the "no more bubbles" technique.  I
know this won't result in "perfection" but I'm really just trying not to
brew 5 gallons of dark piss at this point.  I want to have a decent beer I
can enjoy while I accumulate supplies and equipment for my next batch.

Thanks for the help, one and all.
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Jeremy Anderson
(janderson at miletwo dawt calm)


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miletwo wrote:
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You will find correct, complete, up to date info.  NCJOHB is a great
book for giving you the confidence and attitude to brew, but it's rife
with errors and outdated, disproven info.  Don't get me wrong, I started
with Charlie's book (like nearly everyone I know) and made some pretty
good beer using it.  But one look at How To Brew will show you how much
has changed since NCJOHB was written.


    --------->Denny
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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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I disagree...fermentations don't follow a set schedule.  Pay attention
to what the beer's doing and react accordingly.

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Definitely!

    -------->Denny
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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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btw - just wondering... is it frementation that makes your eyes turn that
electric blue like in Dune?

I know what fermentation is... just wondering what frementation was...

:-p

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Jeremy Anderson
(janderson at miletwo dawt calm)


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Ha ha, got it.  "Chani's blue eyes are a Fremen trait."  The original film
was awesome.  From the bits and pieces of the new one I saw a couple years
back, it looked kind of cheesy.  Can't beat the '80s IMO.

--
Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --
Genesis, 1973-ish



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