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Old 09-23-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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Made an IPA with WLP002 on 8/24, kept it in primary for 3 weeks then added 1 oz of Cascade leaves on 9/14.

I was getting ready to bottle today and removed the hops a few hours ago while bottles were sanitizing.

As I'm prepping bottling equipment, I can see the airlock bubbling! 2-3x /minute.

I kept the wort between 60-65 for most of the first 3 weeks, with some minor fluctuations. Since dry-hopping, it has been at about 65-70.

Everything has gone according to plan to this point, but I'm guessing I shouldn't bottle tonight.

This is only my 5th brew, so any advice you pros can offer will be very much appreciated.

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:48 AM   #2
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You opened it up and then closed it...and you added nucleation points when you dropped the hops in. More than likely you also nudged the fermenter while you put the lid back on.

Additionally is not unusual to get some C02 production from the dry hops. it seems especially true if you are using whole hops.

Airlocks can start or stop or start and stop again, for a ton of other reasons, like temp changes, getting nudged by the cat or the vacuum cleaner, changes in barometric pressure.

All an airlock is is a valve, a vent to release excess gas...which it's doing now.

So in other words, it means absolutely nothing, except you airlock is bubbling....
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:03 AM   #3
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Is it safe to bottle? GF would love to have the dishwasher back. (admittedly, that question should've been asked in the initial post.

 
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What's your current gravity?
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:07 AM   #5
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If your fermenter was warming up while you prepared to bottle, CO2 that was dissolved in the brew will start to come out of solution (colder beer can hold more CO2 than warmer beer).

In all likelihood you could have gone ahead and bottled...

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Old 09-23-2011, 03:32 PM   #6
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After 3 weeks in primary and another week in secondary, there is a 99.999% chance it's done and ready to bottle.

 
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:16 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I figured it was done but thought it best to wait and be embarrassed into confidence about bottling it. Happy brewing to you all.

 
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:23 PM   #8
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Don't wait for IPA, hustle them into the bottle or keg asap. I bottle mine after 2 weeks, 3 weeks if its over 1.075. Ill even start dry hopping while the fermentation is winding down to meet this time frame. Those hops aromas need to be captivated as soon as possible. And a lot of those "the yeast needs to clean up" processes happen inside the bottle just as well as inside a fermenter IMO.

 
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