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Old 09-28-2005, 09:04 PM   #1
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My Irish Red is in the secondary and there is little to no activity in the airlock and no krausen. It has only been in there for 3 days at a sg of 1.016 (on 9/25), just wondering if I should bottle now or wait the extra 4 days?


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Old 09-28-2005, 09:23 PM   #2
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I'd just let it sit for the 4 days (if not longer) just to let things settle out and bulk age, but it sounds safe to bottle to me.


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Old 09-28-2005, 10:08 PM   #3

I usually let my ales sit in the secondary for 14 days before bottling, sometimes longer. I know, it's tough to muster up that much patience, but it's worth it. It makes for a better tasting ale, IMHO.

 
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Old 09-28-2005, 11:48 PM   #4
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You wont see any activity in your secondary the majority of the time. Its mearly for aging and settling. Your beer will clear up expecially important for the beers with a lot of ingrediants. I leave mine in from 7-14 days.
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Old 09-29-2005, 12:53 AM   #5
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My last Irish Ale was in the secondary for 60 days.
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Old 09-29-2005, 02:18 AM   #6
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And mighty fine it came out!
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Old 09-29-2005, 02:32 AM   #7
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Where did you come up with 60 days? Did you see changes between 30-60?
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Old 09-29-2005, 02:46 AM   #8
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And mighty fine it came out!
Thanks for the good critique, Rich. I think you were a bit too kind, but then again, I always judge my brews more harshly than others might. Me, I don't have to be too kind to myself. I can take it.

Have you and Jocelyn had the second one yet?

BTW, I just finished writing up the notes from that batch. If you send me your email again (I never put it in my address book) I'll email it to you: [email protected].

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OWM: Not any real changes, just small ones like the bitterness subsided and became more mellow, beer was clearer, etc.

I'm on the road a lot for work, 16 weeks so far this year, so I can't always bottle when I want to.

If I can remember it all I've been to or through and to work in: IL, IN, OH, PA, NJ, KY, TN, GA, FL, SC, NC, VA, IA, SD, WY, MT, WA, OR, UT, CO, NE, AR, LA, MI, MS, WVA, AL, 2 weeks in Germany in July, and I'm going to Korea for 2 weeks in Oct. I think my calendar is open until next year come Nov. since I'm not deploying to Afghanistan or Iraq.

In all that is home improvements and I managed to brew 16 batches of beer.

I have 3 in the secondaries right now waiting to be bottled. And I really want to brew something this weekend. I also manage to play one of my 5 guitars every day.

Oh, yeah, and I'm a lazy cuss too (if you can believe it).
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I just wrote you...definitely send the recipe/notes. You're nuts to critique this one harshly.

Had one of mine tonight--was looking for a porter today. Yours is being saved for Saturday's brew day.
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I just wrote you...definitely send the recipe/notes. You're nuts to critique this one harshly.

Had one of mine tonight--was looking for a porter today. Yours is being saved for Saturday's brew day.
So, I'm nuts! Thanks. Recipe is on it's way.

I know I already told you, but if you drink the KIA with just a slight chill and add the yeast (like you would a weizen) this beer is much better.

But then again, after living in Germany for 9 years I kind of like my beer at room temp to a slight chilled. Any more then that you're just numbing your tastebuds. But, hey, many Americans love ice cold beer.

I've been to a lot of bars in my time, I always ask them to place my beer in a microwave on high for about 30 secs to get the chill off (if they don't have any warm ones in the back).


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