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Old 12-22-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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I just brewed an IPA and I wanted to see what your thoughts were on how long the beer should sit in the carboy. Most of the time I let it ferment for 5 to 7 days and then rack it to a secondary and leave it sit for another 3 weeks and dry hopping it a few days before I keg it. Does it need to sit this long? I don't remember where I herd or read this but that's how I've done it for the last 2 years. Thanks for reading!!!!!

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While fermentation should be done in 5-7 days I feel it is necessary to let it sit for 4 weeks. There's some clean up going on that seems to make a difference for me.

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Some people here do not use secondary, some do. If you were to, I would leave it in primary for 14 days, check for FG. then rack to secondary for a 5 to 7 day dry hop. Then keg. I typically use 2 oz. per 5 gallons for my IPA dry hops. Great aroma.

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An IPA is best to enjoy fresh. If you pitch the right amount of healthy yeast and control the fermentation temperature, you won't need to give the yeast more than a day or two for "clean up" after fermentation is complete. Then dry hop and keg. If you do a 3 day dry hop in the primary, you could have the beer kegged in 2 weeks. If you dry hop in the keg, even sooner. Again though, that means controlling your fermentation to limit the production of off flavors.

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Some people here do not use secondary, some do. If you were to, I would leave it in primary for 14 days, check for FG. then rack to secondary for a 5 to 7 day dry hop. Then keg. I typically use 2 oz. per 5 gallons for my IPA dry hops. Great aroma.
Any tricks or suggestions on how to get the most beer out of your secondary and leave behind the hops, last time I dry hopped I left behind tool much beer using just my auto siphon :-(
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I use a small piece of sanitized paint strainer bag and rubberband over the end. Works well. Dont loose anything. Takes a little longer to transfer though.

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An IPA is best to enjoy fresh. If you pitch the right amount of healthy yeast and control the fermentation temperature, you won't need to give the yeast more than a day or two for "clean up" after fermentation is complete. Then dry hop and keg. If you do a 3 day dry hop in the primary, you could have the beer kegged in 2 weeks. If you dry hop in the keg, even sooner. Again though, that means controlling your fermentation to limit the production of off flavors.
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If you ferment properly (proper temp control, proper pitch rate, good yeast health, nutrient, pure O2) then there is no need to keep an IPA in the primary for more than two weeks. FG should be hit in about week and your yeast will be able reabsorb their byproducts in a matter of days since they will be plentiful and healthy.

If your fermentations aren't as controlled then a few weeks may be warranted to get the yeast to finish fermenting and clean up, as others have stated.
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I use a small piece of sanitized paint strainer bag and rubberband over the end. Works well. Dont loose anything. Takes a little longer to transfer though.
This works, you could also just put the hops in a sanitized muslin bag to contain them in the FV.
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I just brewed an IPA and I wanted to see what your thoughts were on how long the beer should sit in the carboy. Most of the time I let it ferment for 5 to 7 days and then rack it to a secondary and leave it sit for another 3 weeks and dry hopping it a few days before I keg it. Does it need to sit this long? I don't remember where I herd or read this but that's how I've done it for the last 2 years. Thanks for reading!!!!!

Last ipa I did was in the primary for about 7 days, then secondary for 10 days while dry hopping the last 4 days, then in the keg carbonating and clarifying with gelatin for about 5 days. The abv was about 6%. If I'm doing a higher gravity ipa I will leave it in secondary for a couple more days.
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All my beers I do not see a need for a second vessel. Pitch and ferment in one vessel when fermentation is done its done. I dry hop in the primary when fermentation is 70-80% done leave for a week and keg.
This is the Tasty McDole method and I like it a lot.

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