Krausen / Fermentation Times

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  1. Brewer #224226

    Brewer #224226 New Member

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    Hello - In the process of fermenting my first batch of beer. I noticed on Tuesday that the Krausen had dissipated. Tuesday would mark the 1 week point since I pitched the yeast. Is this about the normal speed you would expect. When the krausen falls, is that a pretty good indicator that fermentation is done/almost done? I know that I need to do the gravity check over a couple of days and no changes = no further fermentation - just trying to get a gauge if I should start checking gravity or if I should wait another week. Tks!
     
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    Waiting another week wouldn't hurt a thing, but if the krauesen is gone, you can likely start checking.
     
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    Usually safe to assume that there'll be another few gravity points to go after krausen falls. It totally depends on the yeast. Checking gravity starting a couple of days after krausen falls isn't a bad idea. You just don't want to mess with it too much and risk contamination so waiting until you're getting final gravity the first time you check it is preferable.
    A reasonable schedule is checking gravity on day 10 and again on day 11 and then cold-crashing for a few days to bottle on day 14. For fermenting at lower temperatures, add a week or so to that day count.
     
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    Thanks - will check it tomorrow. Don't have a refrigerator to use - so won't be able to cold crash.
     
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    Each ferment will move at a slightly different rate depending on which yeast and how much of it, temp and wort make up ect.
    It's done when it's done, JA and Nosy above are spot on
     
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    I am in the habit of leaving my beers for two weeks. Often I am adding dry hop additions and do that around day 10 or 11. I typically don't check gravity until day 14-16. Typically at that point I am confirming that I have reached the expected final gravity. The less you mess with it, the less likely you are to introduce an infection. I cold crash, but that is not necessary. JA and Nosy are spot on, just adding my thoughts.
    Cheers, and good luck, patience is your friend.
     

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