Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jelly Doughnut (update)

     I was planning to bottle this low-gravity Berlinerweisse today, four days shy of four weeks out from the brewday, but was really surprised to see that it had only dropped to 1.010 from 1.031, giving me an abv of only 2.77%.  This still needs to drop between 2-5 points yet, to even think about calling it done.  The yeast has settled into a firm cake at the bottom, and the beer is surprisingly clear, actually, so I'm not quite sure what's going on.  I know the lactobacillus and the brettanomyces will take some time to make themselves known, and will keep eating some of the sugars, but I still expected a lower gravity today.  At any rate, guess I won't be bottling; I'll leave this in primary for another week or two before checking to see if it drops any more.  If not, I may have to throw it in secondary, but hopefully I'll be able to bottle next time around.

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