Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > When to bottle Imperial IPA?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-26-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
StophJS
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 312
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default When to bottle Imperial IPA?

Hey all, I just had a question about an IIPA I'm brewing right now. It's my very first brew so I really want it to turn out but naturally am also somewhat impatient. The boil took place on the Sept. 13, and fermentation started 12 hours in. I used Fermentis US-05 dry yeast. Fermentation seemed to be all but done on the third or fourth day, so it's pretty safe to say it's been sitting for 9 or 10 days post-fermentation at this point. I've read that you don't really want to age IPA's because the hop flavors obviously have a limited life. Would I be totally jumping the gun to bottle this up in the next day or two? Thanks.

__________________
StophJS is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
kingmatt
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
kingmatt's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Souderton, PA
Posts: 710
Liked 30 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Did you take gravity readings over a few days to ensure youre at your target FG and it is not dropping still?

Are you dry hopping?

If you aren't dry hopping and your gravity is stable then bottle away!

__________________
Primary 1: Air
Primary 2: Air
Secondary 1: Blueberry pinot noir
Secondary 2: Air
Kegged: HopFingers, Rye IPA, Simple Saison
Bottled: Peanut butter banana porter
On Deck: Pumpkin Rye Saison, Pliny the Zombie, Passion Fruit IPA, 100% Brett IPA
-=My Keezer Build=-
kingmatt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2011, 04:10 PM   #3
StophJS
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 312
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kingmatt View Post
Did you take gravity readings over a few days to ensure youre at your target FG and it is not dropping still?

Are you dry hopping?

If you aren't dry hopping and your gravity is stable then bottle away!
Nope, no dry hopping. I've heard that this recipe is great just the way it is. I took sort of a late FG reading after about 12 days or so and was right in the target range

Edit: I should mention that that was the only post-fermentation reading I took. I've been a little paranoid about opening the bucket too many times. Also, the beer is not exactly clear on the surface. I'm not sure whether this is normal or not, but there is some sort of krausen looking type stuff floating up top.
__________________

Last edited by StophJS; 09-26-2011 at 04:17 PM.
StophJS is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2011, 04:33 PM   #4
MaxSpang
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 185
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Give it two weeks in the primary. If you want it to be clearer, rack it to secondary and give it another two weeks and it'll be fine. I have done a few Pliny The Elder clones and have waited a month before bottling, then another two weeks before chilling and drinking. Turned out great!

The difference of a few weeks won't have a huge impact on the hop character of your beer, at least in my experience it hasn't.

__________________
www.snobbybeer.com - reviews & beer talk

Catapult Creative - Well Aimed Ideas
MaxSpang is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aging an Imperial Stout - Bottle vs Carboy zyx345 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 07-09-2011 06:41 AM
imperial stout - secondary for 6+ months or bottle it? johnnyt471 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-21-2010 04:45 PM
Question about bottle conditioning - potential bottle bombs polkbar Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 12-20-2009 10:52 PM
Imperial Stout Bottle Bomb Concerns... gpfeifer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 12-29-2008 04:18 PM
Bottle or not to bottle? 15 hours between hydrom tests? OdinsBrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 12-22-2008 04:55 PM