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Old 05-29-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default Moving and HAVE to take my primary along...help!

Has anyone had to do this before? I just didnt think through the timing and I have a Black IPA in the primary and I have to move next weekend. It will have been in the primary for almost two and a half weeks, and I'm really worried about too much sloshing. I know that it probably wont ruin it, but how much will it really mess with the resulting beer?

Any suggestions on the best way to situate the carboy to reduce agitation?


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Old 05-29-2011, 02:59 AM   #2
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If it's been in primary for 2.5 weeks and you're moving next weekend, might it be finished fermenting by then? If so, I'd rack it over to a 5 gallon carboy and try to fill it right to the top, then close it up with an undrilled stopper just before you head out. No head space = no sloshing. Probably want to crack the stopper now and then just in case, but it should work. Make sure you keep it well covered so light doesn't get to it either.


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Old 05-29-2011, 03:08 AM   #3
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A keg would probably be better if you have that capability.
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I generally like to wait around 4 weeks on an IPA but in your situation, I'd make an exception. You could just bottle/keg it at the 3 week mark, or somewhere close. You're still gonna end up with a great beer.
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I'd bottle or keg it. You want it sealed in an airtight environment where there is nothing but beer and co2 present. I wouldn't even trust it in a carboy.
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i just moved 10 miles. had to take 2 five gallon batches with me. i have no reason to believe that the beer has been affected.
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I'm curious... did you know you were moving before you started the batch?
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Not very fond of the carboy idea either -they aren't designed to hold pressure and there WILL be dissolved CO2 in that beer -I'm not sure how much pressure it would actually generate, but a failure would be catastrophic (not just to the beer -though that IS the most important thing- but to whatever the carboy is near when it lets go or cracks). If you can't put it in a keg, rack it to another bucket and seal it if its not ready to be bottled.
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i knew i was moving, but had to brew while i had the chance (my job gets in the way). plus i had false belief that i could finish both of them in time.
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p.s. the carboy will not explode. the top would blow off if that much pressure built up, but an airlock prevents pressure build up.


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