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Old 01-13-2012, 04:09 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I have a True Brew Double IPA kit in the bucket right now. Mixed it up on New Year's Day. Bubbled like crazy for nearly a week, then slowed... But... It's sitting there, in my home office/bar, still bubbling audibly about once ever 5 minutes. I'm inclined to think this is good. But... seems kind of weird.

Anything I should be concerned about?

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Edit: By bubbling, I meant the airlock gets bubbles and makes that little bubbling noise (noticeably loud).

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airlock activity is not an indication of anything. ignore it.

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airlock activity is not an indication of anything. ignore it.
huh? really? its not an indication that gas is escaping.. ?
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Hi Folks,

I have a True Brew Double IPA kit in the bucket right now. Mixed it up on New Year's Day. Bubbled like crazy for nearly a week, then slowed... But... It's sitting there, in my home office/bar, still bubbling audibly about once ever 5 minutes. I'm inclined to think this is good. But... seems kind of weird.

Anything I should be concerned about?

Thanks!

Mark

Edit: By bubbling, I meant the airlock gets bubbles and makes that little bubbling noise (noticeably loud).
you are fine, a double IPA needs time, even after the bubbles stop leave it for another week or so.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:19 AM   #5
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Depending on the OG, let it go until it's been in primary for 3-4 weeks (4-5 if you can) and then take a SG reading. Taste the sample and then repeat 3-4 days later. If the SG is exactly the same both times, it's done fermenting. If there are no off flavors present, then you can bottle at any point. You can let it go until the following weekend, or when it works for you over the following week/weeks. I have zero fear when it comes to leaving my brews on the yeast cake for 8+ weeks. Most of mine are done in 4 weeks, depending on the OG and yeast used.

Also, the airlock is just a way for excess CO2 to be removed from the fermenter. It doesn't reflect anything else going on inside the vessel, other than gases needing to escape.

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huh? really? its not an indication that gas is escaping.. ?
oh sure, get technical on me!
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My double IPA is a beer I brew usually three times a month. It has an OG of 1.114, and an FG of 1.010. It gets 4 weeks in primary, the yeast gets harvested, three hop additions and an addition of oak later it gets 3 weeks to condition. The point of the story is big beers like a little time to mellow out.

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My last one, the Northern Brewer Chinook IPA never did stop bubbling. It was in primary for a little over 3 weeks. It was even bubbling the caps as I was bottling. I tried one at 2 weeks and it tasted good. It was still a little flat and probably a little green still.

I worried a little about bottle bombs so I put them in a plastic box. No problems though.

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Awesome. Thanks for the replies. I'll let it be for another week or two.

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I've had beers reach FG & still bubbled occasinally. sometimes they'll off gas co2 that's coming out of solution. But with your higher gravity,it's likely not done yet.
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