Still fermenting after 6 days

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Still fermenting after 6 days

Postby caughtinamosh87 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:06 pm

Brewed a Wit last Sunday and it's still very, very active. Airlock is bubbling every 4 to 5 seconds with a thick krausen of about 1 inch still on top. Been like that since about Monday. OG was at 1.048. I've never had any go this long. Took a sniff through the holes in the airlock and seems to smell OK. Any thoughts?
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Postby slothrob » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:49 pm

It's almost surely fine. Fermentations can vary in length due to a number of factor, and can sometimes last 2 or 3 weeks, maybe longer.

I don't make Wits, so I haven't used it, but I've read that these yeasts can be a bit slow and can get temperamental with temperature fluctuations and temperatures below the mid 60s.
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Postby caughtinamosh87 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:26 pm

Thanks for the response. 12 days in now, and its still going, but now its at about an 8 second bubble. UGH!
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Postby jawbox » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:08 am

Last time I made a wit I had the same thing. I wouldn't worry about it. Check the gravity next week.
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