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Old 08-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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I have an IPA that is in the secondary fermentation stage that I was due to bottle on 08/03/3012 (two weeks in the secondary fermentation carboy). I have not been able to bottle it and I may not have time until Friday 08/10/2012. My wife looked at it and said that the air lock is still bubbling steadily. My question is will the extra time hurt the beer? Thanks for your help.

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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No problem let it sit and bottle when you can.

I often go. a long time before I bottle.

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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the hop flavor could fade a little, depending on how long you wait, and if you dry hopped and leave it for too long you could develop grassy flavors. Still, that's only a week so you'll be fine.

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If its still bubbling steadily then its still fermenting steadily which means you shouldn't be bottling it yet anyways unless you potentially want bottle bombs.

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Unless he added sugar to the secondary, there's no way its still fermenting (2 weeks in the secondary already). It's likely a dry hopped beer, and the hops settling are pushing bubbles of oxygen out of the beer, making the airlock bubble. I've had beers bubble as I walk by, just because that vibration caused a little disruption.

The airlock isnt a good way to tell if it's done; take a gravity reading, and another one 3 days later. If they're the same then you're good to go.

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My question is will the extra time hurt the beer?
Nope.
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I did dry hop the beer when I transferred it into the secondary (on 07/20/2012) and I used a hop sock. I did not add any additional sugar. It has a 3 piece air lock and it bubbles 2 times a minute.
I will try to get a gravity reading.

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Very well could be the hops settling in it. It has a way of causing degassing and release of the CO2, hopefully not oxygen, in the beer. It is perfectly normal. But do make sure you take gravity readings a couple days apart before you bottle to make sure.

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