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Old 11-14-2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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I have brewed and bottled an Ipa after 2 weeks in the primary and 3 weeks in bottles, I have much to work on but it tastes pretty good. I used some grolsch, fisher and ABA bottles, especially in the grolsch there is about a quarter inch thick yeast cake at the bottom(is yeast cake the proper term). Is this normal, any body with some info let me know.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:33 PM   #2
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you may want to try to get less of the yeast cake from the carboy into the bottling bucket next time, that is why a lot of people use a secondary carboy for clearing after fermentation finishes.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary is the general rule of thumb for ales. That will clear out alot of that stuff. Also if you move to bottling bucket, try not to get all the stuff from the bottom of your fermenter into it.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:38 PM   #4
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Yup, don't be greedy when your racking...

Thats why you see a lot of recipes that are designed for 5.5 to 6gallons so you can loose a little at each step and end up with 5gallons of bottled minimum sediment beer

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:12 PM   #5
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And as long as you are bottling, you will always have that yeast sediment there- that's what carbonates your beer! It helps if you let it sit in the fridge for a couple of days before drinking and then when you pour, pour it carefully down the side of the glass without it "chugging" out and then leave the last 1/4 inch of beer. All of the sediment will stay in the bottle.

Oh, and rinse it right away after pouring! If you wait, it'll be like concrete in there when you do try to clean the bottle to reuse. If you rinse it right away and turn it upside down, there'll be no scrubbing when you refill!
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:47 PM   #6
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a 1/4" is a lot...it means you had a lot of yeast in suspension when you bottled.

next time, do a 2 week secondary so the yeast can fall out. you'll still have god's plenty yeast for carbonation at bottling.
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:18 AM   #7
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You are following the faulty 123 method. It doesn't always work. Go buy and learn how to use a hydrometer and don't rack until the gravity has dropped 75%.

Do not try to get the last drop out either. You want to try to rack the clearest beer possible at all stages. This will result in the clearest beer out of the bottle and into the glass.

I'd recommend patience. Try 3 weeks in the primary and 4 weeks in the secondary before bottling.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:42 AM   #8
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h-99

it looks like he did a 2 week primary, then straight to the bottle...zero secondary.

I do agree though...123 method is just a starting place...the hydrometer will reveal all
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:07 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by malkore
h-99

it looks like he did a 2 week primary, then straight to the bottle...zero secondary.

I do agree though...123 method is just a starting place...the hydrometer will reveal all
All we can do is try to fill in his blanks...so to speak...
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:58 PM   #10
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If I skip the secondary-I usually leave it in the primary for 3-4 weeks at least before bottling.

 
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