Advice sought: (still) fermenting in secondary with dry hops - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Advice sought: (still) fermenting in secondary with dry hops

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-26-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
WharfRat
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Charlotte, NC
Posts: 104
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts



So I racked my IPA to secondary for dry-hopping with an ounce or cascade and maybe 3/4oz of citra. It had been in primary for ten days at 66 degrees with california ale yeast, was at around 66% apparent attenuation and had minor airlock activity - I was betting on its finishing up any remaining fermentation fairly quickly. In any case, I had some time to rack and dryhop it and my schedule has been rough, so I seized it. And yes, I suppose it could go without saying that, like many newer brewers without a robust pipeline and full fridge, I have patience issues to work through

Coming on two weeks in secondary, and I just counted 7 bubbles per min in the airlock! Was counting on being able to bottle this weekend . I have read about grassy and otherwise undesirable aroma and flavor characteristics that come with leaving beer on the hops for too long, so I am wondering whether I should rack the beer off the hops into another carboy this weekend, or just leave it be another week. I am loathe to rack and thus oxygenate the stuff if I don't need to, but also hate to leave it on the hops for another week if this would negatively impact the flavor.

What would you do in this situation?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
twistr25
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
twistr25's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,444
Liked 117 Times on 110 Posts


If you are dry hopping, I've heard it is best only to let it sit for a week, otherwise you can start losing the aroma characteristics and IPAs are better young. Secondly, one thing you'll see a lot on here is that airlock bubbles don't mean a thing. Your brew could just be outgassing, not a big deal. Take a gravity reading, it's the only way to be sure. If it's stable, your good to go regardless of airlock activity!


__________________
____________________
Primary: N/A
Bottled: N/A
Kegs: Tri-Peppered Saison and Sunset Orange Kolsch
Future:Something new, SMaSH perhaps?
2013 Previous: Sunrise Honey Rye Pale Ale, Dark Skies Black IPA, Sunset Orange Kolsch, All Hallow's Eve Pumpkin Ale, Raining Hops and Dogs IPA

Awards/Recognition
Dark Skies Black IPA - 2nd Place at a local comp. Score of 39 from a BJCP judge

Twistr25 Recipes

GT Keezer Build

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
AmandaK
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
KCMO
Posts: 1,500
Liked 142 Times on 106 Posts


Take a gravity reading.

Bubbles only mean gas is present, not fermentation. It's common knowledge that dry hopping will sometimes off-gas the beer, causing the air lock to move.
__________________
BJCP Master Beer Judge

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
TyTanium
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Posts: 3,952
Liked 553 Times on 389 Posts


Stop counting bubbles, unless you need practice counting. HYDROMETER dude.

10 days is plenty for that yeast, your process is great thus far. Leave it, don't rack again. Bottle when you have the time. +/- a few days won't give you grassy.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
WharfRat
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Charlotte, NC
Posts: 104
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts


That's a good point. Is it common to experience that much gas coming off of a beer without significant fermentation activity? I figured that, barring changes in temperature or agitation, I would not still be seeing that much. I currently ferment in a small wine cabinet with carboys and bottles puzzled together in a precarious jumble, so while the temp is stable and there is minimal vibration, it's quite a production to extricate anything for a simple gravity reading. One more reason I need a chest freezer!

I will take the advice and take a reading... Hoping I can bottle this weekend. Thanks for the advice!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #6
WharfRat
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Charlotte, NC
Posts: 104
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts


Just read the response about dry hopping and off gassing. Noted. Thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
WharfRat
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Charlotte, NC
Posts: 104
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts


Quick follow up. If the dry hops can bring CO2 out of suspension at a greater rate, is it enough for me to need to adjust my priming sugar from what suggested on calculators?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
twistr25
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
twistr25's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,444
Liked 117 Times on 110 Posts


No, I would follow through on normal priming. The priming rate is more a function of the available yeast left than what CO2 is already dissolved.


__________________
____________________
Primary: N/A
Bottled: N/A
Kegs: Tri-Peppered Saison and Sunset Orange Kolsch
Future:Something new, SMaSH perhaps?
2013 Previous: Sunrise Honey Rye Pale Ale, Dark Skies Black IPA, Sunset Orange Kolsch, All Hallow's Eve Pumpkin Ale, Raining Hops and Dogs IPA

Awards/Recognition
Dark Skies Black IPA - 2nd Place at a local comp. Score of 39 from a BJCP judge

Twistr25 Recipes

GT Keezer Build

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump