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Old 02-09-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
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My IPA kit has been bubbling away in the carboy for 2 weeks now. This is almost double the time it has taken for my other kits. Any thoughts as to why?

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:16 AM   #2
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might be the yeast still munching away, might be just getting rid of excess co2 now. don't know without knowing the yeast type, and preferably the recipe. if it's still bubbling, kick back and watch it doing it's thing.

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:21 AM   #3
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My IPA kit has been bubbling away in the carboy for 2 weeks now. This is almost double the time it has taken for my other kits. Any thoughts as to why?
Because it's still fermenting?
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:23 AM   #4
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thats funny to run into a post like this.
I too have an IPA thats 2 weeks into primary and still bubbling away.
Im not worried, Ive had a few other beers that had airlock activity at around 3 weeks!

My personal rule of thumb is (and everyone might not agree with me) I wait 1 week after airlock activity stops and then bottle or keg...it just depends...sometimes airlock activity stops at 1 week, sometimes 3 weeks...but a little extra time on the yeast doesnt hurt a thing
although I'm not using a kit, its all grain and recipes that I've come up with.

are you planning on using a secondary?

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:43 AM   #5
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Give it 4 weeks and check your gravity, that's the telling sign!

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:45 AM   #6
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My personal rule of thumb is (and everyone might not agree with me) I wait 1 week after airlock activity stops and then bottle or keg...it just depends...sometimes airlock activity stops at 1 week, sometimes 3 weeks...but a little extra time on the yeast doesnt hurt a thing
that's how i do it
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:59 AM   #7
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thats funny to run into a post like this.
I too have an IPA thats 2 weeks into primary and still bubbling away.
Im not worried, Ive had a few other beers that had airlock activity at around 3 weeks!

My personal rule of thumb is (and everyone might not agree with me) I wait 1 week after airlock activity stops and then bottle or keg...it just depends...sometimes airlock activity stops at 1 week, sometimes 3 weeks...but a little extra time on the yeast doesnt hurt a thing
although I'm not using a kit, its all grain and recipes that I've come up with.

are you planning on using a secondary?
no gravity readings?
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:10 AM   #8
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no gravity readings?
What do you mean by that?

If you take a couple of readings a couple days apart and they are the same, its done fermenting?
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My IPA kit has been bubbling away in the carboy for 2 weeks now. This is almost double the time it has taken for my other kits. Any thoughts as to why?
IPA's usually have a higher alcohol & higher hop (traditionally to ship from india from england both are preservatives) however in your case yeast is still eating sugars & farting CO2... let it ride... more sugars (malt extract) more time needed for yeastys to do their job. let it ride another two weeks at least... your fine! sounds like you have a "good" batch of yeast
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hey post the recipe! may help other newb brewers!

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