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Old 02-10-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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So I'm about 36 hours after yeast pitch of my 2nd ever batch. I think this one will be good as I hit everything on the mark this time and instilled some tips for steeping the grains I saw on here. Compared to my 1st batch the fermentation seems much more active bases on the activity in the airlock. Keeping it wrapped end in a bath towel an my temp is showing about 72-74,

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Old 02-10-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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My question is I'm going to rack to a 6.5 gal carboy and dry hop with another oz of the Falconers flight hops. The instructions say in 4-6 days. However other people say 7-10 days but before fermentation is complete. I don't want to open the bucket this time as I want this to turn out good. How can I tell when the right time to rack this is?

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Old 02-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Personally, I wouldn't rack it at all. I would leave it in the primary for 14 days or so. Then I would open the lid, dump in your dry hops, close it back up and let it set another 5-7 days. Then move to bottling bucket and bottle.

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Y not rack? Wouldn't this clean up more sediment and clean the beer providing a truer flavor

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It's not a particularly scientific method but the general rule is to wait until the airlock slows to a few bubbles a minute.

I would not base it on how many days since you pitched the yeast because without precise temp control no two fermentations would run the same.

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The age old argument about racking to a secondary or not is really personal preference. The majority of the commercials dump the trub during ferment (basically the same effect as racking to primary). The main reason not to Is the risk of infection or oxidation.

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I will say I can already smell the hops coming through the airlock. I'm sure smelling spent CO2 is not the best but I can't seem to get my nose away from the airlock

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I'm sure smelling spent CO2 is not the best but I can't seem to get my nose away from the airlock
Every single member on this forum is an airlock sniffer. A little CO2 never hurt anyone and it only adds to the enjoyment.
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First, thank you for not judging, second my wife was just staring while I was doing it calling me an idiot. For her comments I made her do it as well

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Does that make you a pusher?

My wife rolls her eyes when I hold my pint up to a light and admire it.

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