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#1 joshleard

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:59 PM

I'm very new to this so apologies for asking simple questions. My first brew I attempted Stone and Wood pacific Ale last Friday (dec 30) OG - 1040. Took a reading on 6th Jan and was 1014. Little high I thought? I was under the impression FG would be 1010?
Did another reading this evening and it was 1014 again.
Controlled fermentation of 19-20 degrees.
I have given the fermenter a little swirl to see if I can activate yeast as I thought FG needs to be 1010.
Am I overthinking it?
Is it ready to bottle?
Have I ruined it by swirling it?

Hardest thing is being patient with being first brew but I'm happy to leave and bottle at 2 week mark.

Thanks in advance. Any info will be great

#2 Danscraftbeer

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:05 PM

Is this a kit?



#3 joshleard

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:06 PM

Yes. Purchased a kit from local home brew shop.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:11 PM

Take a sample of tap water and check your hydrometer - it may just be badly calibrated. Chill the water to 20C if this is the temp that your were checking the brew at. If in any doubt leave the brew for a second week before bottling - it will give the yeast time to drop out and clean up after itself and reward you with better beer. Chances are you have ruined nothing - chill and have a beer!



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:20 PM

I did test hydrometer with water and it was 1000.

Thought I was overthinking it.
Cheers for the advice mate

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 07:07 AM

I've yet to get any of my first 3 brews under 1.012 and they've turned out ok, one tasted awful to start with but it's actually now coming good and I drank a good few pints of it yesterday. Give it another week it will benefit from time anyway

Edited by Leyther, 09 January 2017 - 07:08 AM.


#7 joshleard

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 08:54 AM

Cheers Leyther

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:09 AM

Did you oxygenate it prior to pitching yeast?



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:02 PM

Yes I did. Whether done right?

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 08:51 PM

Oxygen is probably not an issue, when you top up you add some oxygen and if you gave it a good whiz it ought to be fine. 

 

The only brews I ever had under attenuate were kits, except for one RIS due to under pitch.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:13 PM

What's in it?

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:08 PM

Trying to replicate a stone and wood pacific ale kit recipe I got from local home brew shop

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:14 PM

What's in it?

 

Trying to replicate a stone and wood pacific ale kit recipe I got from local home brew shop

 

Means what is the whole recipe? 



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:52 PM


- 1 can of mangrove jacks blonde
- 500g dextrose
- 500g light malt
- 20g galaxy (5min)
- 20g galaxy (dry)

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:41 PM

What yeast and how much of it?



#16 indica86

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:00 PM

1014 sounds fine for a kit.

 

 

Really, 



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:06 PM

Best bit of advice I got on this forum when starting was to throw away the kit yeast and get a bulletproof brewing yeast like Safale US-05. I stupidly ignored it because I was lazy and used the kit yeast. Surprise surprise, beer finished with a high gravity and tasted like shit. Never brewed another kit but always use us-05 for my all grain brews and they finish between 1.004-1.008 within a week.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:16 PM

Thanks for all the info people. I did just use the packet of yeast that came with the kit.

I have purchased another kit to have a go at making hop hog. With these warm temps I put the yeast packet and hops in the fridge. They've been in there for a week. These should be ok to use? How long will the last in the fridge?

#19 Maheel

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:54 PM

the yeast can last years and still fire up (although may not be best yeast then....)  if the hops are cryo vaced they will be fine

 

sounds like you have done some reading / research and are doing most things right :) and worrying about as much as most of us do ;)

 

let that one in the fermenter go a little longer, if you can cold crash it do that for a few days

 

then get the next one going and enjoy your brewing

better is you try a better yeast but temp control is going to help you a lot if you can manage it


Edited by Maheel, 11 January 2017 - 07:55 PM.


#20 joshleard

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:57 PM

thanks Maheel.