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Old 01-19-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Hydrometer Game vs Just wait 2 weeks

Which is better?

1-Wait for airlock activity to cease, then get 3 days of successive hydrometer reasons with no change AND THEN BOTTLE

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2-Just let your wort ferment for 2 weeks, don't take any readings, AND THEN BOTTLE

Option 1 may take less time

Option 2 is less work, less chance of infecting the brew, but the mixture may have 4-7 days of successive no changes in hydrometer (is 3 vs 4-7 days a big deal?)

Thoughts guys?

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:34 PM   #2
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Both suck. The only reason to do #1 is an ipa imo. If you want to push an ipa or whatever, then check it after it slows to a crawl and then again 3 days later. Then drop in the hops. Normally let the beer hang out more than a couple of days past the ~4 days that would take it to FG. If you are kegging, then you may be able to do #2, but bottling beer that you don't at least taste is dumb imo. I've kegged early and then paid for it by trying to ferment it out after, but bottling early =

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:42 PM   #3
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This is a brewers best india pale ale kit, at this point its been 6 days and the bubbles have ceased

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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I routinely wait three to four weeks, then bottle. I take a hydro reading on bottling day, just for informational purposes, because I assume it's done.

Life would be a lot simpler if people would get off the idea that they have to rush the beer into bottles, take reading after reading, or else they'll be in violation of the instruction contract that came with the kit.

Just chill, buy a few more six-packs while your pipeline gets established, and give your beer the time it needs. IMHO.

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This is a brewers best india pale ale kit, at this point its been 6 days and the bubbles have ceased
Take a reading and taste test to see if it tastes finished. If it is at projected FG then drop the hops in the primary and let it hang out another week. That's what I'd do.
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this is what id like to do
havent heard a good reason for the other route - though it seems a widely contested option

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I routinely wait three to four weeks, then bottle. I take a hydro reading on bottling day, just for informational purposes, because I assume it's done.

Life would be a lot simpler if people would get off the idea that they have to rush the beer into bottles, take reading after reading, or else they'll be in violation of the instruction contract that came with the kit.

Just chill, buy a few more six-packs while your pipeline gets established, and give your beer the time it needs. IMHO.

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this is an ipa - not a dry hopped ipa though

still havent decided what i will do but maybe this first time i'll:
ferment 2 weeks (skip the hydrometer no change for 3 days BS)
taste it
get a FG reading for ****s and giggles
then bottle

everyone cool with that? good newbie practice to start?

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Take a reading and taste test to see if it tastes finished. If it is at projected FG then drop the hops in the primary and let it hang out another week. That's what I'd do.
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That's what I do, but usually 3 weeks.

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I always do a "satellite" in a 500ml flask that way I don't have to worry about contamination, can test at will, and it's much easier to view what is happening in the flask.

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everyone cool with that? good newbie practice to start?

You can always do that, but run the risk of bottling a beer too early and having overcarbonation/gushers/grenades and/or having beer that still tastes "green".
For a kit like this, assuming good temperature maintenance and brewing practices, it is probably safe, but not ideal.
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