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Old 02-28-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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I've been busy and unable to find time to bottle an IPA I put in the secondary. It's been almost 2 months in the secondary now. Do you all think this is worth bottling at this point? It's stayed relatively cool in it's current location.


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Old 02-28-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
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well it sure had time to age out enough it should be very drinkable now and the hops will have been subdued now. bottle it wait a week or 3 and give it a try


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Old 02-28-2008, 07:59 PM   #3
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bottle it!
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I have an IPA and a robust porter that have been in the secondary for nearly 8 months now. I accidentally fermented both of them at too warm a temperature, and got some off flavours. I tried them recently, and they have improved tremendously.

This is an extreme example, but for big beers or beers with lots of roasted grains, I give them a minimum of 2 months in the primary. They age much better in volume than in the bottle, IMHO. For the rest of my beers, I rarely even use a secondary any more, unless I am dry hopping.

One more thing -- before you bottle that IPA, have you considered dry-hopping it for a week? I would.
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Did you dry hop it? That would be my only concern.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:27 PM   #6
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Did you dry hop it? That would be my only concern.
I did dry hop it. I forgot what I used though!
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It is likely not going to be ruined, but I have heard of dry hops causing a "grassy" flavor if left too long. Cant say that it has ever happened to me though. Bottle that bad boy and let us know how it is
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I bottled an IPA that sat in secondary for 14 months and it still carbed! It was a great beer too!!!
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:09 PM   #9
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Just an update:

I bottled this last Sunday and it smelled and tasted fantastic going into the bottle. I'm going to let this sit in the bottle for 3 weeks before cracking one open. They are 1 Litre flip tops.

I can't wait to taste it.


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