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Old 09-19-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Brewing an IPA - my OG was 1.050 and it was in my primary for just over 4 days and when I transitioned to my secondary carboy my second gravity reading was 1.011. Should I let it sit in the carboy any longer or should I start to bottle. Thanks for any advice.


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Old 09-19-2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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Take gravity reading three days in a row and if it's stable, bottle it. Seems like it's done though.


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Old 09-19-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
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LOnger!!!! Those yeast do more than just make alcohol. they clean up a lot of other byproducts if you give them time to.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:03 AM   #4
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Be patient. Give it at least several weeks before even considering bottling.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:36 AM   #5
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why did you transer to secondary so early? Let the yeast clean up but if you are in a hurry you might get away with bottling with less priming sugar. Is it really an emergency though? RDWHAHB
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:27 AM   #6
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You should let the beer ferment a minimum of 2 weeks to let the yeast finish up all of the fermentables. Then if gravity is stable, bottle.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #7
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If I let it sit longer, do I run the risk of increasing the alcohol content too high? It's currently at 1.011. My OG was 1.05. Thanks.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:10 PM   #8
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At this point, the yeast will ferment whatever is there. Either in primary, secondary or in the bottle. The worst thing you can do is to bottle before the yeast is done - then you are asking for bottle bombs because if the yeast is not done, it will finish in the bottle.

It is too late to alter your FG unless you filter out the yeast and keg or filter and use a less attenuative yeast to bottle ferment.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:10 PM   #9
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Don't listen to scaredy cats on here. Bottle now and include one PET soft drinks bottle. That acts as a pressure indicator for you. do you like your beer neat flat and gasless or do you like loads of fizz - that is important for your choice.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:18 PM   #10
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Don't listen to scaredy cats on here. Bottle now and include one PET soft drinks bottle. That acts as a pressure indicator for you. do you like your beer neat flat and gasless or do you like loads of fizz - that is important for your choice.
Yes, that is a way to avoid bottle bombs... by watching a bottle expand and then crash cooling any bottles that are left at room temp before the pressure gets too high.

I have no experience with this but it seems like guesswork at best if you are shooting for a specific carbonation level. You also need a lot of refrigerator space for when its time to rapidly crash cool the remaining bottles.


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