Fermentation ???

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  1. EPV Brewing

    EPV Brewing New Member

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    I started this beer back on 4/7 it got racked over to secondary on 4/26 when it had slowed down to 5 bubbles per minute, here it is 5-1/2 weeks later and it is still bubbling at 3 per minute. Should I be concerned or just let it keep going, I've never had one go this long, it smells good, taste good. F.G. is still dropping (see below).

    I'm thinking of racking it again just to get it off the yeast cake that has reformed in the bottom, or once again should I just let it keep going?
    I know as long as it keeps bubbling I don't need to worry about anything getting into it, in the way of contamination.
    The F.G. will drop a bit more I'm sure, but hey who doesn't like a strong beer now and then.
    The last one I did like this had a F.G. of 1.010 but it was done in 3 weeks.
    This round I change a couple of my fermentable and hops but that's all.

    What would you do?
    What should I do?

    Recipe is as follows.

    Title: STRONG ALE 2
    Start 4/7/14

    Brew Method: Partial Mash
    Style Name: English Barleywine
    Boil Time: 60 min
    Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
    Boil Size: 3 gallons
    Boil Gravity: 1.197
    Efficiency: 70% (brew house)

    STATS:
    Original Gravity: 1.107 Actual O.G. 1.112 4/7 1.036 4/26 1.020 5/15
    Final Gravity: 1.028
    ABV (standard): 10.43%
    IBU (tinseth): 49.06
    SRM (morey): 15.8

    FERMENTABLES:
    7 lb - Liquid Malt Extract - Amber (41.2%)
    3 lb - Honey (17.6%)
    2 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 40L (11.8%)
    2 lb - American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (11.8%)
    3 lb - Dry Malt Extract - Light (17.6%)

    HOPS:
    2 oz - Chinook, Type: Leaf/Whole, AA: 13, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 21.81
    2 oz - mosaic, Type: Leaf/Whole, AA: 11, Use: Boil for 45 min, IBU: 16.94
    2 oz - Saaz, Type: Leaf/Whole, AA: 3.5, Use: Boil for 30 min, IBU: 4.51
    2 oz - Goldings, Type: Leaf/Whole, AA: 4.5, Use: Boil for 30 min, IBU: 5.8

    MASH GUIDELINES:
    1) Sparge, Temp: 160 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 3 gal

    YEAST:
    Wyeast - American Ale II 1272
    Attenuation: 72-76%
    Temperature Range: 60-72F, 15-22C Room temp is 68*
    Alcohol Tolerance: 10% ABV
     
  2. LevanteBrewing

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    It's a big beer, gravity wise, but you've given it enough time. Bubbling doesn't mean anything.
    Can you take a gravity reading? Note the measurement and then a day or two later take another reading. If it's the same, then you're done.

    Don't use bubbles to determine where you are in the fermentation process, always use your hydrometer or refractrometer.
     
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    I had one recently pass the usual 14 and ferment down to 8, was still bubbling after 8 days so I checked and was infected, tasted very wrong although it could be better not going to throw it out just yet, Ive had too many issues with fermentation this year, time to replace things I guess
     
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    big beers can take more time than normal strength ones. I'd leave it for another week and check the gravity and check it again a day or 2 later. if the gravity is still dropping, let it go longer.
     
  5. EPV Brewing

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    Thanks guys,

    I will check it again Saturday, today it was 1.020 that's a .016 drop since last checked on 4/26

    I have a feeling it's still dropping, but as you say only a good hydrometer gravity reading can tell for sure.

    I will update my findings Saturday.
     
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    UPDATE:
    I racked it over again Saturday, gravity is still reading 1.020, after setting all night there is no sign of fermentation going on now, but have another yeast cake on the bottom, may go ahead and bottle here in a few days.
     
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    Check your gravity for a couple days running and make sure it's done. You don't want bottle bombs going off in your storage area.
     

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