First ginger beer ferment questions

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Ces

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Hey guys,

So I put down my first ginger beer yesterday and have a few questions about the fermentation rate.

Before I ask, let me state, I know... dont worry, it'll be fine. I'm not too worried about what will come out, it will alcoholic ginger something. Which I will probably drink. I'm just curious.

18 hours after pitching (S-04), I had a nice vigorous fermentation going. Bubbles every second or so. Now, about 30 hours after pitching, it has slowed to around every 3-4 seconds. Is this normal for a brew of this type? I would have thought it would rage on with only simple sugars to feast on.

Anyway, just looking to hear others experience with this.

Specs of the brew-

Ginger and flavourings plus an old pack of S-04 in the boil (about 6 L for 90 mins).

Topped up to 23 L while adding 2 kg raw, 1 kg brown & 0.5 kg dark brown sugar (S.G. 1055).

Hit it with an airstone for 30 mins.

Pitched at 20 degrees.

Fermenting at 18 degrees.

Thanks for the help guys

Cheers,

Ces.
 

Ces

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Hey guys,

So I'm looking for some more focused advice now... 4 days since pitching and fermentation seems to have stalled. Started off well but the airlock bubbling slowed right down and now appears to have stopped. Took a gravity reading this arvo and has only come down 3 points to 1052.

Advice? Give it a stir? Re-pitch? Waddya reckon lads?
 

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Micro brewing doesn't mean watch it with a microscope :) leave it for 10 days. Take a reading then another 2 days after etc. If same - bottle of keg then enjoy.

It will taste like ginger something ;)

Dont touch it ;)

Dont worry about the bubbles. If it has stopped bubbling, it doesn't mean anything. Find the forum on using cling wrap instead of the lid :)
 

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Hey Ces, I recently did a coopers GB and the airlock stopped and started for no apparent reason. It was in the fermenter for three weeks before I was satisfied it had finally stop. Took off quickly, stopped, ran for a few days stopped started and slowed.
 

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I just pulled one of the yeast after 4 days, I like it to be a bit sweeter and find it has a bit more bite at about 1.015. I used the kit yeast.

Let it go, warm it up a little and see what it does. If no action grab another pack and throw it in.
 

Ces

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Thanks for the advice guys.

I was hoping to serve it from a keg on boxing day but I'll find something else. I'll just leave it for now and see what happens.

cheers,

Ces.
 

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