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Old 09-23-2011, 04:51 AM   #1
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So my second ever batch of beer is an IPA. It used steeping grains and DME along with copious amounts of hops. Anyways Im about 3 days away from racking it to my secondary but it is still super thick. Ive got about an inch and a half to two inches of sediment. Should I filter while racking it over? or is the secondary fermenting basically going to filter by settling?

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:26 AM   #2
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When you say thick, do you mean a lot of residual sugar? How long has it been fermenting?
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:56 AM   #3
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its like visibly thick. we tried to do a hydrometer reading after we had added the water but it was so thick it gave a way high reading. Im I just paranoid?
its been fermenting since sunday.

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:03 AM   #4
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The beer should not be thick. What is the formula you used for this beer? The wort should really be about the same viscosity as water.

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:26 PM   #5
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Is it thick because you left the hops from the boil in the fermenter,or just used a ton of DME? Trying to imagine why it's "thick"? & Racking after 1 week isn't what I'd recommend. Let it hit FG 1st,then give it 3-5 days to clean up & settle out more. Unless you're going to dry hop,then get a stable FG & dry hop 1 week. A use hop sacks when dry hopping. Keeps things cleaner & unplugged when racking to the bottling bucket.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:43 PM   #6
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So I used pellet hops in the boil and left them in. This is a recipe I got from the local brewing store. I rack it over into the secondary and dry hop for the remaining 21 days. Is that too long to dry hop?

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:44 PM   #7
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Oh the recipe also called for 8 lbs of DME

 
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