secondary fermentation in IPA necessary - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > secondary fermentation in IPA necessary

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-29-2009, 11:16 PM   #1
scott422
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
big rapids, mi
Posts: 11


Hello.. will be making my first batch of IPA next. I am brand new to brewing and only bought a basic kit, that did not contain a secondary. How long should I leave my IPA in primary before botteling to get best end results? thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2009, 11:20 PM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,762
Liked 8028 Times on 5608 Posts


I like to leave my beers about 3 weeks in the primary. Does your recipe ask for some dryhopping? You can dry hop in primary, after the fermentation is over, for a week at the end before bottling. But it's a bit messier if you're not using a secondary! What is the recipe you're using?
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2009, 12:32 AM   #3
scott422
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
big rapids, mi
Posts: 11

thanks I am a little paranoid being new to all this, I am using an extract kit (northenbrewer)that does not call for dry hopping. I didn't know it would hurt to leave in primary longer than the two weeks called for in the kit.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2009, 12:35 AM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,762
Liked 8028 Times on 5608 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by scott422 View Post
thanks I am a little paranoid being new to all this, I am using an extract kit (northenbrewer)that does not call for dry hopping. I didn't know it would hurt to leave in primary longer than the two weeks called for in the kit.
I like to leave ales at least three weeks in the fermenter- I noticed much "cleaner" beer as a result. If you're not dryhopping, I don't see any reason to use a secondary fermenter. "Bigger" (like IPAs, higher alcohol pale ales, bigger Belgians) beers tend to do better if allowed to stay in the fermenter for 3-4 weeks, but in "smaller" beers (like milds, hefes, etc) 2-3 weeks is usually adequate.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2009, 12:56 AM   #5
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,926
Liked 3201 Times on 1889 Posts


I tend to leave my beers in primary normally for a month, UNLESS I am doing something like dry hopping, adding oak, or adding fruit.

I did an IPA recently and the recipe required dryhopping, so I waited two weeks to make sure fermentation was complete (I checked with my hydrometer and it was) then I racked it to secondary with my dryhopping hops (1 ounce of cascade) and left in there for another two weeks before bottling.

And the beer is tasty.

Now if you wanted to you could get another ounce of hops and dry hop it on your own.

But since your recipe doesn't call for it, and if you choose not to, you can do like yoop and many of us do and let it sit in primary for 3-4 weeks, it makes for really clear, clean and crisp tasting beers.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew


 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2009, 12:57 AM   #6
scott422
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
big rapids, mi
Posts: 11

Thanks, I'll try 3 and see how it goes, where are you from in the UP?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2009, 01:19 AM   #7
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,762
Liked 8028 Times on 5608 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by scott422 View Post
Thanks, I'll try 3 and see how it goes, where are you from in the UP?
In the central UP. The cold spot, I think!
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2009, 02:54 AM   #8
scott422
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
big rapids, mi
Posts: 11

cold here too, I live under the bridge in Big Rapids.. anyway thanks for the help this site is great

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 04:11 AM   #9
daveyo33
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Posts: 7


I just put my first ever batch (Brewer's Best IPA) in the primary fermenter and I have to head out of town next week, when the directions suggest adding it to the secondary fermenter. My question is, can I transfer to the secondary a couple days late or should i leave it in the primary in extra couple days as suggested above?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 06:50 AM   #10
Bamsdealer
Recipes 
 
Apr 2012
Collegeville, Pa
Posts: 911
Liked 44 Times on 41 Posts


Daveyo... Those dates on the kit are meaningless. It won't hurt to leave it for 1, 2, or even 3 weeks longer than whats called for. I generally leave my beers on the yeast cake for 1 to two weeks after airlock activity stops. I know my system and am confident in my process to take one fg reading before I play with my beer, but you really should check your fg and have a stable reading after 3 or 4 days before you mess with it.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Secondary Fermentation in a Keg? rudy0498 Bottling/Kegging 7 07-24-2008 02:27 PM
Secondary Carboy Fermentation Vs. Secondary Bottling Fermintation. MntFresh General Techniques 9 05-17-2007 06:58 PM
Secondary fermentation ncvega Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-24-2006 05:28 AM
Secondary Fermentation SilvaRizla Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 08-02-2005 11:48 PM
Secondary Fermentation clef General Techniques 2 08-01-2005 04:13 PM


Forum Jump