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Old 01-19-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Prepping to rack, not sure if ready.

Feeling good about my first batch. Brewed last Sunday (6 days back) things have been chugging along nicely since. Checked the gravity last night to see how close we are getting to FG and I am getting close, so I was thinking shifting to the carboy Sunday/Monday, but a funny thing happened by this morning. The airlock is no longer percolating is this;

A) legitimately done.
B) no longer sealed right
C) trying to get back to critical pressure
D) something else?

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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E-none of the above. When bubbling slows or stops it's just initial fermentation that's done. It'll now slowly,uneventfully creep down to FG. Then give it another 3-7 days to clean up by products & settle out clear or slightly misty. Then package.
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So you are saying I am not going to see anything interesting happen once it is in the carboy either, and that I should not panic when I don't see anything?

I'm anxious and impatient I suppose.

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If its only been six days i think you still have another nine days before you should rack into secondary.

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I even dry hop in primary. Unless I'm oaking or aging or the like,I leave it in primary till it hits FG. Then another 3-7 days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty.
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Any brew you make has a minimum of 30 day fermentation ...usually 15 days in primary and 15 days in secondary if you are adding anything otherwise its 30 in primary then rack to bottling vessel add your priming sugars and bottle ..let condition for a minimum of 15 more days and enjoy

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Any brew you make has a minimum of 30 day fermentation ...usually 15 days in primary and 15 days in secondary if you are adding anything otherwise its 30 in primary then rack to bottling vessel add your priming sugars and bottle ..let condition for a minimum of 15 more days and enjoy
Followup question than. The directions I have for this tell me one week in the primary and one week in the secondary before 3 weeks in the bottles. What I have found poking around this site seems to say "just wait another week", or "Another week in the fermenter", and I am being told less time in the bottle is needed. What affect do changes like these have the final product? the total elapsed time from start to drink remains the same but the conditions to get there change.
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It'll still take 3-4 weeks in bottles to carb & condition,& at least a week fridge time to settle out any chill haze,& get co2 into solution more fully. The dufference is,clearer beer with less trub in the bottom of the bottles to worry about come time to pour a glass. More visual appeal,besides none of that yeasty turbid taste.
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Any brew you make has a minimum of 30 day fermentation ...usually 15 days in primary and 15 days in secondary if you are adding anything otherwise its 30 in primary then rack to bottling vessel add your priming sugars and bottle ..let condition for a minimum of 15 more days and enjoy
That's a bit of a blanket statement (as far as the fermentation period goes). I let my pale ales and IPAs go for about 10 days before I keg them. No sense in letting them sit in the bucket/carboy if they are done and taste good...
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Most of the time,depending on the yeast,It'll take a couple weks to hit FG,then 3-7 days to settle out clear or alightly misty. I've observed this over many batches with a few different yeasts. Less trub equals more clear beer.
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