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Old 02-02-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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I have a 5 gallon batch of Coopers IPA that has finished primary.
The instructions say to go directly to bottling.

I'm thinking there's a lot of sediment in the fermenter and that I should transfer to a carboy (and maybe add some gelatin?) for a few days before bottling.

Should I just follow the instructions or am I ok to go ahead and transfer into a carboy first? I'm under the impression that these Coopers kits are all about having ready to drink beer ASAP, but I'd rather do what I can to get the quality as high as I can.

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:47 PM   #2
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If your IPA hasn't been in the primary for at least three weeks wait. The beer will clear on its own in the primary. Extra time will let the yeast clean up natural off flavors produced during fermentation.

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:51 PM   #3
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Fair enough thanks!

After that, is it still worth setting into a carboy to get the sediment out?

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The sediment will compact with the yeast cake. Just start with your siphon high and gradually move it downward as you rack to the bottling bucket.

Tilt the fermentor slightly with a piece of 2 x 4. You will see the beginning of the sediment layer at the backside of the fermentor. When you see the sediment there is only a few ounces of beer left. Pull the siphon up.

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:09 PM   #5
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But for the priming, should I siphon first into a carboy and then put the priming sugar into that? Obviously I don't want to stir up the sediment in the fermenter...

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If you're using the Cooper's fermenter,it has a lil bottler wand that fits in the spout of the spigot. then you use 2 carb drops per PET bottle & fill'em up. But I wait 3-7 days after it reaches FG to clean up by products of fermentation & settle out clear or slightly misty. Cooper's ale yeast is high flocculation,so it should settle out clear pretty easily.

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I just have a generic kit. a 5 gallon bucket basically

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Well,if the bucket has a spigot on it,you should've fermented in the carboy. The bucket/spigot combo is the bottling bucket typical of many brewing kits. So you might have to rack it to the carboy & clean out the bottling bucket. Just make sure the beer is at FG & settled out clear or slightly misty first.

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Haha not even a spigot!

I figured that's what I'd have to do.
Sorry for all the confusion.

So I will siphon into a carboy, clean the bucket, rerack into the clean bucket and add the priming kit? And THEN bottle

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Basicaly,yeah. If you have dextrose to prime with,boil 2C of water for a few minutes,then stir in the dextrose till the water clears. Cover & cool a bit before adding to bottling bucket & racking beer onto it. Here's a priming calculator I use; http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

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