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Old 09-13-2008, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hello I have to leave for PA tomorrow morning and I have a IPA in the primary as we speak, it was supposed to go 10 days in the primary, then go to the secondary for dry hopping. Its one of Edworts recipes. Heres the deal, its been in the primary for 7 days and its still bubbling just a little bit, maybe bubbles every 4 to 5 minutes but if I don't move it to the secondary now its going to have to stay in the primary on top of the trub for another month at least that I will be at work. If I move it now to the secondary will it finish fermenting there? What would be better leaving it on top of the trub in the primary for another month or racking to secondary and dryhopping while still fermenting for a month? thanks for any info.

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Old 09-13-2008, 01:01 AM   #2
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I'd leave it on the trub and let it finish out and condition. When you get back, transfer it to secondary and dry hop it. Just make sure someone checks and tops off the airlock in your absence.

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Old 09-13-2008, 01:05 AM   #3
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ive got a blow off rig on it and its pretty full so Im not worried about leaving it for awhile in that aspect.

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Old 09-13-2008, 01:25 AM   #4
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I think you'll be fine then. Just make sure t put it somewhere that's away from light and reasonably cool and it should be okay.

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I use a kegerator with a Johnson temperture controller on it so I think I'll be ok there too. So an extra month on the trub isn't gonna hurt my beer that bad? Guess I don't have a choice, unless I take it on the road with me, lol.

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Old 09-13-2008, 01:35 AM   #6
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First off, what is the FG? Is it close to what you expect? If not, then leave it in the primary. If it is you can rack it to the secondary, but most people will tell you to leave it on the trub so the yeast clean up after themselves. I wouldn't worry about.

What do you do that you are leaving for a month? Where are you going?

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I'd move it to secondary anyway. Don't listen to me I'm a noob.

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Im a boilermaker and the majority of my work that I do is in the northeast, this stint will be about a month in PA between the poconos and lancaster, and then over to bridgeport, CT for 6 weeks but I think we will come home for a few days inbetween PA and CT. Thats when I'll rack to secondary and then bottle when I get home from CT.

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I would move it to secondary. Sitting on a yeast cake for over a month could give it some off flavors.

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So an extra month on the trub isn't gonna hurt my beer that bad?
My guess is the yeast will continue to do what they do, and you'll end up with the cleanest beer you've ever made.

Chill out and be happy that you have brewing activity to tend to when you get home.
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