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Old 03-25-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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Default Newb here, first batch.. Did i ruin it?

So I brewed an extract IPA last week, mostly a Stone clone variation, steeped specialty grains. Used wlp007, was done in 24 hours pretty much. Racked to secondary today.. And my volume was fairly short. I had heard that you don't want much headspace in the secondary. So I added bottled water (racked it). Maybe 1/2-3/4 gal... Put the airlock back in and dropped it back in chest freezer back at 67deg. After the fact it dawned on me I should have boiled the water to take the oxygen out. I plan on two more weeks in the chest freezer, plan on 2-stage dry hopping.

Soo did I ruin it with the water? Or will I basically have to wait to find out after bottle conditioning? Think it have too much Diacetyl?

Would it help to up the temp for a couple days to 70 or so?

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:48 AM   #2
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Oh, and next time I won't add anything.. Just leave it alone.. Live and you learn.

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:52 AM   #3
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Just noticed the beginner forum, I'm on the mobile app. Mods please move to beginners forum.

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:05 AM   #4
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Wait, how long was it in the primary? 24 hours? Not near long enough. Should wait at least 2 or 3 days after all fermentation signs have stopped. Yeasties busy cleaning up after themselves. Better yet skip the secondary entirely. Predominant opinion is secodary is not required and has significant problems.

Any way that's on a go forward bases as for this batch.

Boiling of top up water is always a good idea, mostly for sanitary reasons. But unless your bottle water is from Tijuana you're probably ok. Any O2 will most likely be scrubbed out by the yeast because you racked so early and it's still warm.

I'd say there is an approximately 92.8% chance you are ok. I'd worry more about the premature racking. Even after the bubbling has stopped and the krausen fallen and the FG reached the yeast have important work to do, don't rush them.

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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Was in primary 1week before racking

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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That white labs English dry 007 supposedly works crazy fast. I was just saying after 24-36 hours it pretty much stopped bubbling like crazy.

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:28 AM   #7
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Agreed with above. You're probably fine! 24 hours is no where near long enough for primary. Make sure to give at least 10 days. Most of us skip secondary and do a longer primary. I usually ferment for 3 weeks before keg or bottling. This isn't unusual for newcomers though because you (like me) were a little impatient and that's ok! RDWHAHB and stop adding water to post fermented beer! Cheers!

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Old 03-25-2012, 03:28 PM   #8
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Thanks Rudeboy

It was in the primary a week before racking.. Bubbling had ceased visually. Used bottled ozarka.. Guess it should be okay, was going to be around 6.4abv.. Like 5%something now and maybe a slight off flavor.. Guess we'll see.

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Old 03-25-2012, 03:39 PM   #9
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Even a week can be to early to rack to secondary.

You should check the Specific Gravity with a hydrometer, or a refractometer, to see if fermentation is complete before you move your beer.

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If the O2 has any affect it will cause the beer to stale quicker. Drink it quick and you may never notice it.

An alternate choice; you could add some more fermentables (quarter lb of sugar or extract), to get the yeast working again, and they may scrub the O2 from the beer.

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