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Old 02-05-2007, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Should I rack yet?

I've had an IPA sitting in the primary for 8 days now but the airlock is still bubbling every 15 seconds or so. It's been fermenting at 65 degrees so I'm guessing that slowed the process down a little. Should I wait until fermentation slows down to 1 bubble/minute or just rack it now? Does it matter either way?


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Old 02-05-2007, 10:58 PM   #2
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wait, give it a couple more days


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Old 02-05-2007, 11:55 PM   #3
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I like to rack even if there is a slight amount of activity, so you're guaranteed to get a nice CO2 blanket in secondary, which eliminates the chance of a nasty infection. I'd do it soon, but get a few more opinions.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:59 PM   #4
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I'd wait. Even if there is no activity when you rack, there is some CO2 dissolved in solution. The little agitation while acking will release some of this and give you the CO2 blanket you want. I'm assuning you're filling the appropriate size carboy. Siphoning 1 gallon into 5 gallon carboy won't work.
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I would wait until all fermentation was finished before racking.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:54 AM   #6
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thats a low temp. WAIT...
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:06 AM   #7
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I'd wait, too, until visible fermentation has stopped. My temps this winter are in the high 50's and my fermentations are taking over 2 weeks now. My altbier took a month. Remember, as Charlie says, Relax.....
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:47 AM   #8
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If it is in a carboy. I usually rack when the head (it has a name) drops. Then it is suppose to be ready.
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I would wait as well. Becasue the temps are at 65 fermenatation takes longer but I think it makes a better tasting beer.
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:50 AM   #10
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Thanks for all of the responses guys! I'll go ahead and wait a few more days.

...and I just thought of another question; I'm using glass carboys for the primary and secondary. When I rack to secondary, I'm going to be dry hopping. What's the best way to get those little hop bags to sink to the bottom? Thanks again!


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