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Old 10-30-2005, 05:09 PM   #1
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I have a scotch ale that will be two weeks in the secondary this Tuesday, after 12 days in the primary when it went from 1.083 to 1.023. I'm not too concerned about taking SG readings on this one, because my target FG was 1.022, and I was already near there when I racked it. I was planning on bottling on Tuesday, but at this point only the top 1/3 has cleared. I wouldn't hesitate to just leave it alone until it's cleared all the way, but I dry hopped with a half ounce of Fuggles, and I thought someone here said not to dry hop for more than two weeks.

So what's the conventional wisdom here...bottle after two weeks in the secondary, or don't worry about the dry hops, leave it till it clears?

Also, should I drop the temp a bit to help it clear faster?

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Old 10-30-2005, 09:06 PM   #2
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I say move it to a cold place, the colder the better, and give it another week. Fuggles won't be a problem. I had an IPA on willamette (about a pound wet) for four weeks & it's a bit much.

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I say move it to a cold place, the colder the better, and give it another week.
Are we talking 50F type cold?
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50F would be fine. Much colder and you'd see a cold haze. That would settle out too, but slowly.

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Old 10-31-2005, 01:19 AM   #5
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I would bottle it. None of my beers have been totally homogenous from top to bottom in secondary, and all but one have cleared just beautifully. What do you care if a Scotch ale that comes bellowing in at 7% and is black as the Ace of Spades isn't all that clear, anyhow??

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What do you care if a Scotch ale that comes bellowing in at 7% and is black as the Ace of Spades isn't all that clear, anyhow??
You have a good point. I'm not too worried about the clarity, I just want to make sure that my beer has the opportunity to "be all it can be".
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Question: if you chill your fermenter to clear the beer will you still have enough yeast left in suspension for priming? I could easily move my fermenter into the garage this time of year for a day or two at 50-55F, but wouldn't want it to effect carbonation.

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Unless you filter, there will be enough yeast to carbonate. They will be the anti-social ones that don't focculate, but they are the hardest workers.

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They will be the anti-social ones that don't focculate
So it's the geeky yeasty's that carbonate your beer?
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Unless you filter, there will be enough yeast to carbonate. They will be the anti-social ones that don't focculate, but they are the hardest workers.
Good deal. I never filter, I want the extra carbs. I'll try putting my next batch in the garage for a few days before I rack to bottling bucket.
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