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Old 04-16-2009, 09:41 PM   #1
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I have an IPA in primary, and I would like to bottle today. Its been in for 16 days. OG was 1.078, and I don't know what the gravity is now. I don;t have beersmith yet, so I dont know what FG I should be shooting for. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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Depends on the recipe and yeast, but I would expect in the 1.015 range (maybe a little lower). 16 days is a pretty short time, though. I wouldn't bottle yet.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:05 PM   #3
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gravity is at 1.017 right now..which gives 8% abv. Let it go still?
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Yes, the general rule of thumb is to take a gravity, wait 3-4 days, and take another. If they are the same (and close to target FG), its probably safe to bottle. If it moves at all, repeat the process.
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While it may be safe to bottle, it's not generally good to bottle much before 3 weeks IMO (4 is better). Especially an 8% beer, it will just take longer to bottle condition and lose the green taste if you bottle too soon.
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