- Jul 27, 2017
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Sludge sinks to the bottom, easier than leaf. But I think a lot of brewers just pop 'm into the brew, just keep things clean and don't splash.Well, 2 days later and nothing to note from the airlock after it settled back down to 90-100 second bubbling 24 hours after adding the hops. Looks like it might have stopped altogether or minutes in between.
Speaking of the hops, it still strikes me as odd in why, when the brew was already cloudy, would the instructions pretty much have me make a "sludge" with the hop pellets using hot water and spoon it into (trying to leave as much liquid behind as possible) the bucket that would I assume be made much more cloudy again?.
Am I missing the point and this "sludge" of hops mix will also aid the settling and clearing of the brew?. Either way, I'm going to take a gravity reading either tomorrow (3rd day after hops) or Monday (4 days after) to see what the reading is and try again the day after. Though if the same as the 1000 gravity reading I got prior to adding the hops then I fail to see the point in taking a third reading as I'd already have 2 identical readings.
In which case, is it then more a matter of how long its OK to leave it before bottling?. The instructions suggest 5 days after adding the hops, but maybe that doesn't account for fermentation finishing a few days earlier than expected?.
Refractometers are £12-something on aliexpress, just be prepared to wait for a month. Consider sticking to a refractometer with only Brix, because gravity is of little use after fermenting. Less confusion. Gotta love hydrometers!
Have you tried you hydrometer with clean water? Tapwater should give you 1000.