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Old 09-08-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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I am doing a IPA with a OG.065 after 5 full days the fermenting has chilled out , Is it too early to toss in the secondary ? , I want to free up some primary buckets .


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I am doing a IPA with a OG.065 after 5 full days the fermenting has chilled out , Is it too early to toss in the secondary ? , I want to free up some primary buckets .
If it's done, you could. I would always recommend waiting 2 days after fermentation is over, though, just to make sure any diacetyl or other yeast by-products have a chance to clean up.


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Allot of people just ferment out in the primary if they are not adding anything to the beer (so Ive read) I just do not want to make the cell count to low by pulling off the cake and the beer not drop the rest of the way , And if there is foam head on beer in primary dose that mean its not done
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If you hit your FG and it tastes good, you can just go ahead and bottle/keg. Despite the conventional wisdom here, primary fermenation is usually over in 3-4 days and the "cleanup" phase only takes a couple more. There's no reason to wait months on end for your beer.

That said, 5 days is a little quick. Give it 10-14. Preferably with a slight temperature rise to keep the yeast active.
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I checked a Imperial stout and not my IPA , The stout was .075 and is now at .030 after the 5 days . I guess I can buy more buckets but I have 2 glass secondaries and would like to brew tomorrow so i really want a bucket free up but I wont be greedy in the way of my beer
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Only initial fermentation is over in 2-4 days on average. Getting down to a stable FG takes longer than that. then letting it clean up & settle out more (clean & clear) for 3-5 days. Hurrying can make mistakes.
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SOoooo.... will it still finish out in the secondary or will it loose to much cell count ,
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A decent amount of yeast settles out at about 5 days,but not all. I leave it in primary the whole time. Even dry hop in primary.
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If you're concerned about cell count, just suck up a little trub with the transfer. You'll get some more yeasties that way. Personally, if you're transferring this early I would think you have more than enough cells. I've bottled beer of that gravity that had sat in primary for over a month and they carbed up just fine, meaning even at 5 weeks there is a lot of yeast in the beer. If anything, you'll end up with a little more trub than you normally would get in secondary. Go for it.


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