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Old 05-02-2012, 05:57 AM   #11
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why exactly?
To rack?. That's what my instructions say... I understand racking is after primary fermentation...here is were I go back to my first question..
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:23 AM   #12
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the instructions will get you ~beer. to make good beer you need to ferment well, and castrating the yeast at halftime isn't going to help. get it to a reasonable temp and try to forget about it for at least a week, when it's completely done fermenting as far as you can tell, give it a couple more days, then it's probably ready to bottle. that's what i would do anyways. if you want to rack it to a secondary vessel, search around the forum, there are endless arguments on the harms vs merits of doing so. for me, for a 'normal' beer, there are few benefits and many potential harms, so i don't do it

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:17 AM   #13
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What's a Canadian IPA?
An IPA using NW hops I'd imagine.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #14
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To rack?. That's what my instructions say... I understand racking is after primary fermentation...here is were I go back to my first question..
Primary fermentation is not done after 3 to 4 days. it continues for several days afterwards. Racking to secondary any sooner than 7 to 10, might result in a number of problems that you don't want.

The stickies portion of the site has all the reasons and explanations.
I don't touch mine until the ten day mark.take a gravity reading, cap it up, and let it chill for another week. If I rack to secondary its only after two weeks, if not it stays in primary for 21 and bottle it.

There are so many different opinions on this that it can get confusing. in the end if it comes out tasting like beer, then you did a good job.
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