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Old 10-02-2012, 05:39 AM   #1
Jan 2011
Portland, OR
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I have an IPA (1.072) that has fermented out and is still in primary for 5 days afterward (steady at 1.019 last week when I had time to check on Monday and again on Thursday which was my target). It will be 4 weeks tomorrow since pitching and I will not have the time to transfer for dry hop for a week at least, 2 weeks at most. I am bottling this. I am worried that I may not have enough of the pacman yeast to bottle carbonate sufficiently when I eventually bottle it. I don't have a keg setup (next on my list). Should I just transfer to a bottling bucket and bottle, skipping the dry hop stage and hope to get more viable yeast in the bottle or will a secondary still yield enough yeast to carbonate? After tasting the gravity samples I think its palate hoppy but not as aromatic as I'd like. Am I over thinking this? Any thoughts? Cheers!

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Old 10-02-2012, 05:45 AM   #2
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You should be fine either way. Dry hop and bottle later.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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You will have plenty of yeast for months dry hop and bottle when you can.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by beerman0001 View Post
You will have plenty of yeast for months dry hop and bottle when you can.
spot on!
wait....what do you mean all the beer is gone!

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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Why not drop the dryhops right into the fermenter (gently) now, and not rack for dryhopping? Then bottle in 5-7 days or so. That's what I do.
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