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Old 02-14-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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I brewed up an American IPA about 5 weeks ago. I primaried for 3 weeks, then transferred to a carboy, which has been covered and kept at 60 degrees F for the last 2 weeks. OG was 1.058 and final (or current gravity) is at 1.014.

Here is the question: how long can I secondary before it will begin to lose hop aromas and flavors? I currently do not have the bottles in order to get it bottled. That's the big problem right now. I may need to wait until next week to do it, but I was looking for a general idea of how long I have between brewing and bottling for all of those wonderful flavors. Thanks.

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Old 02-14-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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A week won't kill you, probably wouldn't even notice a difference, but if I were you, since it's just sitting in secondary anyways, I'd go get an ounce of hops and drop those in there to dry hop. That will kick your aroma up a notch.

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Looks like I'm going to toss in my remaining .5oz of garden Cascades then. Thanks.

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Was your APA all grain or an extract brew?
I'm about to brew my first AG batch and it's an APA. I was wondering what temp you mashed in at and such? How'd it turn out at bottling time? Have you been drinking your carbonated bottles yet?

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the colder you can store the carboy, the better. my apas tend to peak 5 to 7 weeks from brew day. they stay better longer if cold.

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I mashed mine at 148 for 75 minutes. At the 75 minute mark, my temp was 146. I haven't had any of the bottles yet. They're happily carbing up in my beer room. I'm going to give them another 2 weeks before I crack one open. The temp in the room is a nice 64 degrees.

This was an AG batch. It was 5# of pale 2 row, 1# Vienna, 7 oz C60 (for color), 3 oz White wheat.

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I mashed mine at 148 for 75 minutes. At the 75 minute mark, my temp was 146. I haven't had any of the bottles yet. They're happily carbing up in my beer room. I'm going to give them another 2 weeks before I crack one open. The temp in the room is a nice 64 degrees.

This was an AG batch. It was 5# of pale 2 row, 1# Vienna, 7 oz C60 (for color), 3 oz White wheat.
Oh great, only another 2 weeks till you pop one! Let us know how it turns out, the grain bill you put together sounds nice! Makes my mouth water thinking about that crisp yet malty APA. What kinda hop schedule did you do to balance? Was that a 4 gallon AG batch?

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I used a combination of centennial, simcoe and cascade. Smells quite fruity. I had one hop addition at 60 minutes and the rest were between 5 and flameout. It was a 3 gallon batch, and my first BIAB. Turning out well, I suppose.

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Here is the question: how long can I secondary before it will begin to lose hop aromas and flavors?
IMO you've already missed out on much of the aroma and flavor that you worked to get with the late additions. By the time you get your bottles and the beer has bottle conditioned, it'll be what, eight weeks? Maybe more? Sure, dry hopping will help, but I would be drinking a beer like this in 3-5 weeks to get the full hoppy impact.
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Re-starting this thread after brewing this 2 times now. This is probably one of the best APA's, or IPA, that I've ever had. Easy drinking, malty and delicious. AnOldER-great hop flavor and aroma after 4 weeks bottled....dies off steadily after that. I'm drinking the last of my 2nd batch now. It's been bottled for 6 weeks. Definitely a huge difference between this and a 2 week old bottle.

Thanks, everybody, for the feedback early on. The recipe works out wonderfully as a BIAB. Due to efficiency losses moving to my normal cooler style MT, I would recommend upping the base malt by 1# for losses. However, if you manage to top you efficiency out around 75% with your own personal equipment, this would not be necessary.

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