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Old 09-20-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default IPA still fermenting after 25 days?!

this is my very first batch of beer.
it's been in the secondary for about 20 days now, and there is still airlock activity and small bubbles fizzing up the sides of my carboy.

we dry-hopped it twice in the last 20 days, once when we racked, and once about 5 days ago..

the beer isn't settling and clearing, there has been no visual change in the last 20 days except the hops have mostly settled to the bottom.

the trub on the bottom is fairly thick, maybe an inch or more. i really want to get me beer off of there as soon as possible

i know i should do a hydrometer, i haven't done that lately, but it seems to me like fermentation is still taking place. i want to do as few gravity readings as possible.

is there a chance it could be done fermenting and the hops are just causing CO2 to exolve from my brew?

how can i get this beer to clear up and settle down before i bottle?

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Old 09-20-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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You don't know it is still fementing, all you know, without taking a hydrometer reading is that your airlock is bubbling. I can't say this enough, that is NOT the same thing.

Remember, all and airlock is is a valve, a vent to release EXCESS co2...Not an accurate gauge of fermentation....all it means is that co2 is needing to come out...and nothing more.

As you can see in this thread...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/strange-thing-happens-now-when-i-dry-hop-196257/

Rather than thanking us for reading, why don't you do your beer a favor, and TAKE a reading..A hydrometer reading.

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Rather than thanking us for reading, why don't you do your beer a favor, and TAKE a reading..A hydrometer reading.
i'll do one right now, then again in 3 days.
i had a feeling someone was going to tell me that.

and suggestions how i can get my beer to stop churning in the tank so it can settle and clear before bottling? am i harming it by keeping it in the secondary for so long?
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Be calm now, big Dawg....

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A little internet sensitive are we????

There's nothing wrong with that statement, I though it was very creatively written.... I thought it was one of my best lines ever. It wasn't written in malice....


I thought it was plithy like a Burma shave ad.





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and suggestions how i can get my beer to stop churning in the tank so it can settle and clear before bottling? am i harming it by keeping it in the secondary for so long?
what is causing it to "churn"? Just the CO2 as it is released? Best way to clear it at this point would be to cold crash it for a couple of days, once you decide it is done fermenting. At this point I would think it has to be done.
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what is causing it to "churn"? Just the CO2 as it is released? Best way to clear it at this point would be to cold crash it for a couple of days, once you decide it is done fermenting. At this point I would think it has to be done.
i'm not sure, possibly the CO2 being released.
there seems to be some yeast in suspension, the beer is still cloudy.
the first day we added dry hops, the beer was actually calm at first and began to settle at the top. after a day or so, it began to produce small bubbles that i can see coming up the sides.
little hop chunks can be seen floating up and down in my carboy
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I had something very similar happen to me and a Belgian I've just bottled. Again my trub was thick (about 1.5 inches in a gallon demijohn), it wasn't clearing after a month and there were still bubbles going up the sides. I figured that it was a very slow breakdown of the trub into edible sugars that was keeping the yeast ticking over.

I racked into a secondary leaving the trub behind and low and behold, it cleared in about 3-4 days.

It's always worth taking a reading, but it does sound very similar to my experience. The said beer is shaping up to be a beauty so it doesn't look like the extra trub love has done it any harm (to allay any fears you may have)!

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My latest IPA is doing the same. If you crash chill the beer, it will clear just fine.

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I racked into a secondary leaving the trub behind and low and behold, it cleared in about 3-4 days.
this beer is already in a secondary.

should i risk contamination and rack it again? i'm not sure i can get the temperatures to cold crash. maybe like 40 deg. over night.

or should i just bottle and then give it a few weeks, then refrigerate before drinking?
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