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Old 03-01-2009, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default About to bottle.. maybe I should wait?

I need some quick advice. I was going to start bottling my second batch this afternoon (Irish Light Ale). It was in the primary for a little over 3 weeks and has been in the secondary (dryhopped) for 1 week now.

I moved the carboy to the kitchen last night so everything would settle down before I racked to the bottling bucket. Of course the movement got it bubbling again... but now it has been 18+ hours since I moved it and it is still bubbling every 20 seconds. I didn't really expect that. Is it safe to bottle now, or do I need to wait?

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Old 03-01-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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If it were me, I would wait. Has your gravity dropped at all since you moved it? I'd rather wait it out than have bottle bombs. But, I'm still a noob.

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Old 03-01-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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If it's bubbling from just sitting there, imagine what's going to happen when you toss in some easily digestible sugar for the yeasties to munch on. I see bottle bombs in your future.

I'd wait a week. I'm assuming you don't have a hydrometer handy. If you do, then go use it! If not, waiting a week would be safest.

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Old 03-01-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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Pull your dry hops out and let it wait. Check your gravity when you pull your dry hops and then again in a few days.

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Old 03-01-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
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I have a similar question here...I was going to bottle on Tuesday, but my beer is still bubbling. Gravity seems stable, and it only bubbles every 15-30 min or so, but still, I'm worried about the bottle bombs, as you said. I'm kind of at a cusp though, as on Friday I head out of town for 10 days. If I leave it in the fermenter, it'll have been in there for 5 weeks before it gets bottled. However, bottle bombs are bad, since I'll be out of town. I can put towels around it, but that wouldn't be good at all, haha

Should I just rely on the gravity readings? Is the bubbling anything to worry about, since it's so spaced out? Thanks

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Old 03-01-2009, 06:01 PM   #6
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Sometimes moving the fermenter causes co2 to be "knocked out" of solution. Especially if there is a temperature change, you may see plenty of airlock bubbling. It doesn't mean a thing, though- bubbling (or not bubbling) isn't a sign of fermentation. Check the SG. If it's unchanging over at least three days, and it's at the expected FG, bottle it.

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My gravity is currently 1.012. Recipe estimates terminal gravity to be between 1.010 and 1.014, so it looks like I'm pretty much there. I wouldn't expect it to be bubbling this much now, but I an still a n00b after all. How often should it be bubbling when I go to bottle? Once per minute?

joe, I just chucked the whole hops in the secondary so I can't pull them out.

I have heard that you can get a grassy flavor if you dry hop too long... that is why I intended to bottle 1 week after adding the dry hop. How much longer can I wait to bottle and not get a grassy flavor?

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If you moved it from a cooler area to a warmer area then that would certainly cause some CO2 to come out of solution and make your airlock bubble. If you're been at 1.012 for a while then I'd think you're done and perfectly safe to bottle.

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I would bottle that sucker.

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I don't know how often it will bubble. It might never bubble, it might bubble 10 times a minute. It means nothing, so I have never paid a second to notice. Counting bubbles per minute is a huge waste of time- since it might bubble if the barometric pressure rises. But it might not. It might bubble if the temperature rises two degrees, or if you move the fermenter. But it might not.

I've dryhopped up to 10 days without any "grassy" issues, but not for longer than that. If it's not enough dryhops for this batch, you could always rack onto fresh dryhops and give it another week.

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