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Old 11-26-2012, 07:51 PM   #11
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@jerrodm Thanks for the reply, that actually does help out quite a bit as I have an IPA currently fermenting. It has been in the primary for a week now and I plan to dry hop at week two and let it sit for another week then bottle and I'll try it a week or so later (if I can wait that long) so I am looking at 4 weeks.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #12
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@jerrodm Thanks for the reply, that actually does help out quite a bit as I have an IPA currently fermenting. It has been in the primary for a week now and I plan to dry hop at week two and let it sit for another week then bottle and I'll try it a week or so later (if I can wait that long) so I am looking at 4 weeks.
Just remember bottle carbing can take up to 3 wks so that might throw off your schedule. With a healthy fermentation you can probably bottle a little sooner than you're planning but really make sure it's done so you don't get bombs.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:43 PM   #13
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Might I also suggest re-using pry off bottles from beer you've already drank. It will save you a lot of money. Glass bottles ain't cheap!

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Old 11-27-2012, 01:39 AM   #14
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Minimum you'll need a thermometer and a hydrometer
Is the hydrometer necessary? If yes, why?

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Might I also suggest re-using pry off bottles from beer you've already drank.


Also, I've been thinking, provided I use a blow off tube can get away with only using my 5 gallon carboy? I don't get why I need a separate bottling bucket or second fermentation bucket. Couldn't I just use my 5 gallon kettle as a bottling bucket? And I dont think Im going to transfer to second fermentor, this is only my first attempt at brewing.. Does that sound reasonable?
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:09 AM   #15
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I remember reading something that Revvy wrote. He said that big beer (like Pliny is) can easily take three weeks to ferment. Also, if its packing an 8% punch, it could take a while to carb up.

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:01 PM   #16
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Ok good to know..

So can I get away with only my 5 gallon carboy? I don't see why I need a bottling bucket, I have my kettle..

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Does your kettle have a valve? If not you can still use it for bottling if you put the bottle wand on the end of your siphon. I did it this way for a few batches when I first started out - it's not as easy as using a bucket with spigot but doable. I always needed an assistant though.

The 5 gallon carboy will be a little tight, you might want to go down a little on your batch size if you use it as a primary.

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when I got my setup, it was a 5g glass carboy and a 6-7g plastic bucket with a spigot. If ur gonna buy a fermentation bucket the few bucks xtra for a spigot setup is worth it in my opinion. primary there, secondary in the carboy(if you do secondry) then back into the bucket at bottling time.

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Does your kettle have a valve? If not you can still use it for bottling if you put the bottle wand on the end of your siphon. I did it this way for a few batches when I first started out - it's not as easy as using a bucket with spigot but doable. I always needed an assistant though.

The 5 gallon carboy will be a little tight, you might want to go down a little on your batch size if you use it as a primary.
No valve on kettle... I think ill siphon.

And do I need a hydrometer? why?
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I wouldn't say a hydrometer is essential, but I highly recommend one. If you are brewing all grain, it's much more advisable. With extract, probably not so much. A hydrometer measures the specific gravity of the wort (how much sugar is in there). For extract brewing, the only reason you'd really want one is to ensure your final gravity is stable before you bottle.

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