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Old 07-08-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Racking/Dry-Hopping Dilimma

My secondary carboy is now been full of dry-hopped IPA for 7 days. I'm afraid to rack to bottles because the airlock is still bubbling and their is quite a bit of Krausen on top. I'd be comfortable just letting it sit in their awhile except I've read how you don't want those hops in there over a week. Should I just leave it alone or try to fish the hops bag out which won't be easy bc it's full of 2 oz of centennial. Thanks

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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That's a lot of foam for a beer in the secondary....even with the dryhop. How long did you leave it in the primary? If your really sure it is done fermenting (checked hydro readings) and you want to get rid of the foam, I'd suggest crash cooling the fermenter for a few days. Should do the trick.

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that is still fermenting i would let it go a bit longer

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What are the dangers of leaving the hops in there longer? It was in the primary for 8 days and this is the 8th in the secondary. I probably got more of the trub when I racked to the carboy than usual.

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Well, I'd suggest that you moved it to secondary too quickly. 2-3 weeks in primary is very common. Standard, even. Most people would suggest that your beer should be completely done fermenting before dry hopping so that the bubbles don't blow out the benefit provided by dry hopping.

From the picture and that you are still bubbling away, you should not bottle yet.

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An extra week of dry hop won't hurt a thing.

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well, i'd suggest that you moved it to secondary too quickly. 2-3 weeks in primary is very common. Standard, even. Most people would suggest that your beer should be completely done fermenting before dry hopping so that the bubbles don't blow out the benefit provided by dry hopping.

From the picture and that you are still bubbling away, you should not bottle yet.
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Your primary was not done. Dry hop can duty for two weeks and not hurt anything. Sounds crazy but give it a shake and most of those hops will start to settle out. Next brew check gravity before you transfer that way you know if fermentation is over. Any beer can sit for a couple weeks and not hurt it give it time to ferment don't lose alcohol.

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Your primary was not done. Dry hop can duty for two weeks and not hurt anything. Sounds crazy but give it a shake and most of those hops will start to settle out. Next brew check gravity before you transfer that way you know if fermentation is over. Any beer can sit for a couple weeks and not hurt it give it time to ferment don't lose alcohol.
Shake it, really? Wont that oxidize it?
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Shake it, really? Wont that oxidize it?
A gentle sloshing around in a circular pattern without splash.
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