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View Poll Results: What to do with remaining beer in primary after secondary has gone for over a week?
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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OK, hear me out here.

Week before yesterday, this happened to me with my IIPA. I ended up with about an inch and a half of beer/trub mixture still in primary that was not siphoning due to too much sediment at the bottom. I left it to settle and had planned to rack it after I bought my replacement racking cane, but although I bought the racking cane, I never got around to racking So, now I have half an inch to an inch of beer over trub in primary, half a carboy full dry-hopping in secondary, everything stoppered and airlocked, and I need to bottle next Sunday.

These appear to be my options:

1. Rack the remaining beer now, allowing the dry hop to influence all the beer.
2. Rack the remaining beer at bottling time, to avoid the additional risk of contamination/aeration.
3. Dump the remaining beer.

What should I do?

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:09 PM   #2
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If you are willing to put this much time into posting this, you obviously have too much on your hands. So go ahead and sanitize everything and pull that half inch of beer off the trub!

(I would toss it myself simply because it would take too much time for a couple bottles worth of beer.)

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:18 PM   #3
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None of the above. I would not recombine the beer, but would instead bottle the left over straight out of the carboy. When you racked, you sucked a lot of air (and who knows what along with it) into your primary carboy. I would not recombine that with the good beer that is dry hopping. $0.02

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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You now have 1/2" of oxidized beer in your carboy. This is the one time I'm going to recommend dumping.

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:23 PM   #5
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You now have 1/2" of oxidized beer in your carboy. This is the one time I'm going to recommend dumping.
Yeah, I agree. Dump it (but wash the yeast cake underneath!) and bottle the rest of the beer as planned. No use worrying about a couple of quarts of oxidized beer when you have some good stuff coming.
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half an inch. not worth it. ...at least that is what I have heard.

Get another batch going straight away

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If you have a carbonator cap, you could pour the beer that is remaining in the primary into a PET bottle, force carb it and drink it. This assumes that it has not oxidized in the mean time.

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Half inch???? Week Old??? Dump it!!

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