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Old 06-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Confused on when to bottle. My 1st batch

First Timer today and have started setting up and cleaning. I'm going to be away next weekend and my recipe says to bottle 7 days after fermentation. Does that mean 7 days after the fermentation stops or 7 days after the wort is poured into the fermentation vessel?? Ahhh!! I'm a little paranoid and want to get it right.
Does a day or two extra in the vessel hurt before bottling?
FYI, I'm using a true brew IPA kit.

And yes , I did try search first, sorry I had to add that. Forums are excellent sources of knowledge and I know the rules, 'search is your friend'

Thanks in advance folks.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:38 PM   #2
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No it doesn't matter and would wait even longer than 7 days

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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I would wait and bottle between 10-14 days

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Longer is better. 7 days will get you beer, but is way too soon. leave at least 14 days from the start, preferably longer. I'm bottling one tonight that has been 3 months in the fermenter.

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Default Thanks all.

I'm going ahead then. Good info.

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Old 06-16-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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Default Help, glass carboy. Vs plastic tub fermentor?? Yeast?

All the pics and bids show the yeast being spread over the top of the bucket and gently stirred in. I have a carboy glass and a plastic bucket for bottling.

Is this wrong and i have them switched. Or is it ok?

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some kits come with a bucket fermentor and some a glass carboy. Mine came with both the 6 1/2 gal bucket & 5 gal carboy plus a 6 1/2 gal bottling bucket.

Don't use your bottling bucket as a fermenter.

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Gently stir? I get a sanitized spoon and vigorously stir trying to oxygenate it as much as possible

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Default More noob questions? Wood chips?

How do I get my steamed wood chips into the glass carboy??

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Gently stir? I get a sanitized spoon and vigorously stir trying to oxygenate it as much as possible
Thanks but how can I stir through the neck opening? I cant shake it, it's pretty heavy.

Thanks. Im so stressed I need a beer.
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