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Old 12-26-2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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After three days in primary the yeast activity has slowed to Small trub falling and 1 bubble/4 seconds @ 68 f. OG at pitch was 1.071. Is it time to rack to secondary and Dry Hop?



 
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:23 PM   #2
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I usually wait a week or 10 days before racking. Even after alot of the major fermentation is finishing up, the yeast are still busy working. Especially in a high og beer like that one, I might even wait two weeks before racking.


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Old 12-26-2007, 11:45 PM   #3
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The Clone Recipe calls for 3-5 on Dry Hops in 2nd then crash cool @32f. Then the suggestion is a week in primary, then 3-5 days in 2nd with Dry Hop Bag and a day crash to drop the trub. Right? Or should I sneak a hydro reading after a week then decide when to Rack?

 
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:04 AM   #4
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I'd go with hydro readings and keep in mind what Yooper said as well. Leave that bad boy in the primary for at least 10 days. And secondary for no less than 2 weeks. You'll be glad you did.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:05 AM   #5
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It's home brew no need to rush things. It is done when its done. Take a gravity reading and you will know when the fermentation has finished.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:11 AM   #6
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AH **** Patients, Now where,d I leave,m. Alright thanks Guys! Guess I still have a few American Ale's for now.

 
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:05 AM   #7
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Real beer isn't rushed. Crap like Budweiser doesn't get better with age, which is why only the BMC crowd is fanatical about their beer going from grain to can in under 2 weeks.
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:09 AM   #8
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It's not a substitute for good sense, hydrometer readings, and patience, but the 1-2-3 method is quite effective in most cases:

1 week in primary (or until vigorous fermentation ceases and FG is nearly attained)
2 weeks in secondary (or until FG is completely stable and beer is almost perfectly clear)
3 weeks in the bottle/keg for final conditioning
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Yea I read one of yoopers post on 1-2-3, KISS sounds easy enough for me. Thanks Guys

 
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:42 AM   #10
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OK got a hydro reading tonight of 1.020@ 68f= 1.021 SG. Down from 1.071 OG. BeerSmith #'s Esti. 1.020 FG and for Style it states 1.012-1.018 FG. Stick to the 1-2-3?



 
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