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Title: Fermentation Question
Post by: Wildrover on August 29, 2008, 05:54:54 PM
Does it make sense that I can have a pretty thick layer of kreuzen after 6 days of fermentation but not have any activity in the airlock? 
Title: Re: Fermentation Question
Post by: Maine Homebrewer on August 30, 2008, 08:07:16 PM
The bulk of the fermentation happens in the first few days.
The evidence can last longer.
Title: Re: Fermentation Question
Post by: Wildrover on August 31, 2008, 11:04:36 AM
So is it okay to move it over to the secondary or should I give it a few more days to see if all that stuff falls?
Title: Re: Fermentation Question
Post by: MaltLicker on September 01, 2008, 08:03:30 PM
Depending on the beer style, temps, etc. six (now seven) days may cut short the yeast's ability to break down the by-products of the ferm such as diacetyl.  Perhaps rouse it well and let gunk settle before the xfer.  It will likely settle and clarify quickly in the secondary.  The surest method is to take a gravity reading with a hydro or refractometer.
Title: Re: Fermentation Question
Post by: Wildrover on September 02, 2008, 05:27:14 PM
Malt,

thanks for the input.  I gave it a few more days and everything fell the way I expected.  I think fermentation temp went a little above what it should of been and perhaps, the reason for my issue.
Title: Re: Fermentation Question
Post by: rsmith on September 26, 2008, 12:14:48 PM
Does the pH level matter during fermentation?? I bought all the pH products I needed from micro essential labs' website, and they're great quality but I'm not sure what to do with them during fermentation...
Title: Re: Fermentation Question
Post by: BrewWhat on September 26, 2008, 07:47:17 PM
+1 to the hydometer
Take hydrometer readings over a few days. If there is no change in the readings your feremntation is probably done.