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Old 07-26-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
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I'm racking to secondary this weekend and the wait is killing me, I'm thinking about bottling 1 bottle and try it in a week. Is there any reason to not do this? I know it won't taste perfect but I really want to see what it tastes like. Since I will already have some out for the hydrometer I figure why not throw it in a bottle.

How much priming sugar should I use for just 1 bottle? Since I'm only a week into fermentation do I even need the sugar? I brewed on Saturday and it has slowed way down already, I figure it will be done by this Saturday..

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Patience, grasshopper. The beer won't taste very good, and after only a week in the bottle will very likely have little, if any, carbonation (usually takes about two weeks to get some carbonation, three for full). Probably won't have any more fizz than the sample you will inevitably steal from the secondary before you bottle


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Old 07-26-2006, 06:23 PM   #3
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Patience, grasshopper. The beer won't taste very good, and after only a week in the bottle will very likely have little, if any, carbonation (usually takes about two weeks to get some carbonation, three for full). Probably won't have any more fizz than the sample you will inevitably steal from the secondary before you bottle
yeah I know, this is my first brew and it is so hard to see it everyday.
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take er easy... get ingredients for another batch, put this beer in the secondary this weekend and taste some then, flat. Make up another batch, ASAP cause you'll go through that one in like 4 days
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take er easy... get ingredients for another batch, put this beer in the secondary this weekend and taste some then, flat. Make up another batch, ASAP cause you'll go through that one in like 4 days

That is what I'm thinking. My buddy is brewing a pumpkin oatmeal stout this weekend, that should also be nice and tasty. I'm thinking about a raspberry hefe-weizen next.

I will be tasting, I've tasted everything but the yeast as I was making it. I have to say even the chilled wort was pretty good. OG was 1.083.
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Once you get a "cellar," with 2-3 (or more) batches near their prime to choose from, then you won't feel that intense pressure to want to drink the latest batch before its time. I always taste after about 10-14 days in the bottle, but kindof almost forget about it for a while after that while I drink other batches.
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Brewing more beer (and planning to brew even more) is a great way to get your mind off the stuff that's already conditioning. Maybe that's why I spend so much time on this site, it keeps me from becoming a drunk!
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That's a pretty big beer, what is it? Don't be surprised if it needs a little more than a week in the primary, better to let it finish fermenting there before you rack it.
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Once you get a "cellar," with 2-3 (or more) batches near their prime to choose from, then you won't feel that intense pressure to want to drink the latest batch before its time. I always taste after about 10-14 days in the bottle, but kindof almost forget about it for a while after that while I drink other batches.

I can understand that, this being the first is just driving me crazy, it is like waiting for christmas morning as a kid. Or maybe Prom night as a Teen.

Quick question, I was right at 5 gallons in the primary, I have a feeling I'll be a bit under in the secondary, should I add some water to hit the 5 gallon mark? This is going to be a strong beer so I'm not too worried about watering it down. I can't see it taking more than half gallon to fill.
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That's a pretty big beer, what is it? Don't be surprised if it needs a little more than a week in the primary, better to let it finish fermenting there before you rack it.
It is a strong scotch ale. It is based off of a belhaven clone. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=11477

I was thinking about this, how do you tell when it is ready to rack? The bubbling has slowed way down, it bubbles about twice per minute now. Was every second the first 24 hours. I'm planning to rack Saturday and use the yeast for the next batch which we are brewing Saturday.


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