Well, I can admit when I am confused, and I am confused.
About two weeks ago I brewed a Steam beer as per the Cat's Meow
recipe (taken from Clay Phipps, issue #444). It was fermenting
quite nicely in the primary for six days, and then I racked
to the secondary. The brew at this point was fermenting steadily
(the air lock cap "bubbled" about every 25-30 seconds).
After I re-racked, nothing happened for four days. When I expressed
my concern, a friend suggested that I place it in a 50 degree
environment. I know steam is a lager yeast fermented at room temp,
but at this point I was ready to try anything. After I placed it
at 50 degrees, it began to slowly show signs of fermenting, but nothing
to write home about. After three days, I placed it back at room
temperature, where it has sat for the four days.
The airlock cap is basically just sitting on top of the
The starting O.G. is 1.031, and right now it is at 1.08.
Is it done? If so, why did it stop fermenting after I
Thanks in advance, and happy holidays.