Gravity not dropping below 1035

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Martyn Baker

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Can't get my Woodforde's Imperial below 1035, no bubbles rising after 20 days but still at 1035, my fermenting bin has a small hole in the top, would that be an issue,
I also have a Wherry in a keg that smells and tastes v. hoppy is that normal.,
This my first 2 kits tried in 25 years
 

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Your FV has a hole in the lid for you to have fitted an airlock using a rubber grommet. It is unlikely to have caused your beer to have stalled or stuck, but I would cover it up unless you have an airlock and grommet to use, to keep the nasties out, however late in the day.
I have not come across the Woodefords Imperial kit before. What was the OG? Did it ever start fermenting? Have you checked your hydrometer in clean water? It should read 1.000. What temperature are you fermenting at. It should be about 19/20*C. Significantly less and the yeast will go to sleep.
That said if you have a stuck fermentation read this
https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/simple-strategies-for-dealing-with-stuck-fermentations.74910/
The Wherry kit is more malty than hoppy in my opinion. Look through the 100's of posts here to find out what folks thought of it
https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/woodfordes-wherry-review.17784/
 

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It started fermenting was quite frothy, checked hydrometer inn clean water dead on 1000, I have a thermostatic heater in there keeping it at 20 c
I'll try a bit more yeast and giving it a swirl for starters,

thanks for the help
 

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Looks like you’re on the right track with getting your fermentation up and running again. I can’t seem to find any info about a Woodfordes Imperial kit anywhere. Are you sure that’s what the brew is? It might help others offer advice if we knew the details of what you were brewing and what expected OG and FG should be.
 

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@Martyn Baker
If you brewed your Admiral kit to 32 pints (18.5litre) as intended this should give an OG of about 1.047 according to the Brewers Friend calculator, which others seems to bear out looking at one or two of the kit reviews here
https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/woodfordes-admiral-reserve-review.17834/
The claimed ABV of the kit is 5.5% which is achievable given the OG guesstimated above and a likely FG of about 1.010 with an allowance for the priming sugar. So about 1.010 should be your target FG.
The Woodefords kits are made by Muntons, who, in the past, have had a bad reputation for kit yeast, and this may still apply. My suggestion to you is to repitch with another packet of yeast, preferably rehydrated for about 15 minutes in about 100ml of cooled boiled water at about 25*C in a sanitised jug. If you have a Wilko near you, get down there and look for their Ale yeast which has been a saviour to many restarting a Muntons/Woodefords kit.
Best of luck with it.
 

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@Martyn Baker
If you brewed your Admiral kit to 32 pints (18.5litre) as intended this should give an OG of about 1.047 according to the Brewers Friend calculator, which others seems to bear out looking at one or two of the kit reviews here
https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/woodfordes-admiral-reserve-review.17834/
The claimed ABV of the kit is 5.5% which is achievable given the OG guesstimated above and a likely FG of about 1.010 with an allowance for the priming sugar. So about 1.010 should be your target FG.
The Woodefords kits are made by Muntons, who, in the past, have had a bad reputation for kit yeast, and this may still apply. My suggestion to you is to repitch with another packet of yeast, preferably rehydrated for about 15 minutes in about 100ml of cooled boiled water at about 25*C in a sanitised jug. If you have a Wilko near you, get down there and look for their Ale yeast which has been a saviour to many restarting a Muntons/Woodefords kit.
Best of luck with it.
Thanks for the advice, I'll get on to it tomorrow
 
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