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Old 10-08-2013, 06:24 AM   #1
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I have a Pale Ale that has been fermenting for about 9 days now, it has reached the intended FG and has been constant for a few readings now. I am planning on dry hoping for a week but I didn't know how long I should let it condition before I begin the week of dry-hopping. Can I start now or should I give it two weeks followed by a week of dry-hops? I know that beer needs to condition but I am planning on giving it 3 weeks to bottle condition.

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I have a Pale Ale that has been fermenting for about 9 days now, it has reached the intended FG and has been constant for a few readings now. I am planning on dry hoping for a week but I didn't know how long I should let it condition before I begin the week of dry-hopping. Can I start now or should I give it two weeks followed by a week of dry-hops? I know that beer needs to condition but I am planning on giving it 3 weeks to bottle condition.

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I'd say give it two weeks at minimum for the yeast to "clean" up your beer. Then say 5 days before you plan to bottle drop in the hops. Pretty simple. Bottle and condition at 70* for another 3 weeks.


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Yeah,it's def a good thing to let the beer clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty before a week of dry hopping before packaging. You don't want all that yeast & trub in suspension when you dry hop. The hop oils would then coat the yeast & go to the bottom with them. so waiting for it to settle out well wil leave more hop oils in the beer.
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+1 on what unionrdr said. With my house pale ale I let it sit for 2 weeks then dry hop for about 5 days or then bottle condition for 3 weeks. Comes out great every time!
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Yeah, the only thing that is frustrating is that I have been using a swamp cooler to keep it under 72 and it is really a pain in the butt. I work all day and my wife refuses to help me outt by tossing a few ice bags in the fermenter tub from the freezer! So I leave leave in morning with my beer at about 65f and I get back with a beer at around 74-76f. I don't have any space to put a refrigerator, can't wait for it to cool down.
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Yeah, the only thing that is frustrating is that I have been using a swamp cooler to keep it under 72 and it is really a pain in the butt. I work all day and my wife refuses to help me outt by tossing a few ice bags in the fermenter tub from the freezer! So I leave leave in morning with my beer at about 65f and I get back with a beer at around 74-76f. I don't have any space to put a refrigerator, can't wait for it to cool down.
After you have reached FG, controlling the temperature is not so important. I wouldn't want it to get really hot but room temperature is ok.

I would think that ending your dry hop at 3 weeks is fine. Then you will likely need three weeks for bottle conditioning.
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Yeah, the only thing that is frustrating is that I have been using a swamp cooler to keep it under 72 and it is really a pain in the butt. I work all day and my wife refuses to help me outt by tossing a few ice bags in the fermenter tub from the freezer! So I leave leave in morning with my beer at about 65f and I get back with a beer at around 74-76f. I don't have any space to put a refrigerator, can't wait for it to cool down.
Temp isn't particularly critical after fermentation finishes. In fact, many allow the beer to rise to room temp after fermentation is over. After about five days, you should be fine to Lear it alone with no ice bottle swapping.
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Wow that's a relief! The only thing is that the ambient temp during the afternoon is 82-86 then at night it drops to low 60's
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Wow that's a relief! The only thing is that the ambient temp during the afternoon is 82-86 then at night it drops to low 60's
Leave it in the bucket of water you have been using to keep it cold. That will increase your thermal mass and the beer will probably only fluctuate a couple of degrees. Based on what you said, I would guess it would be down to about 71-72 by mid morning and up to 75 in the evening. It definitely will not keep up with changes in ambient temperature.
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What also throws me off is that the temperature strip on my bucket is submerged so I don't know what the beer temp actually is. I don't want to risk infection by checking the temp with a thermometer throughout the day. I read that once the beer is no longer actively fermenting that it will usually be around the ambient temp.


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