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11-10-2012, 06:03 PM
The recipe:

5 lbs. honey
4 gal water
2 tsp. yeast energizer
2 tsp. yeast nutrient
1 Lalvin D-47 yeast
OG: 1.110
Current SG: 1.020
* Desired SG: 1.010

Things moving along nicely (finally). I'd like to see the SG down to 1.010 when I rack. I just added Calcium Carbonite to raise the pH from 3.7 to 3.9 and added 1 tsp Yeast Energizer for a final boost. Temp is at 71 degrees.

How long shoud I wait to recheck the SG? Will it make much of a difference if I wait or rack now?


11-11-2012, 01:34 AM
Racking before its finished leaves most of the yeast behind, so it has to either redevelop the yeast colony back up to viable levels, or it can stick.

I suggest that you let it finish on its own. You should probably confirm its finished with 3 identical gravity readings across a week (each one taken 2 or 3 days apart). Then you can rack it or just leave it to clear.

Oh and I presume a start gravity you quote with only 5lbs of honey, should have been with 15lb of honey ?

11-11-2012, 03:29 PM
Thanks for the advise and yes it was 15 lbs not 5. Cut and paste error.